the ultimate Driving guide – day trip cape peninsula

The famous Cape Peninsula road trip in South Africa boasts the most breathtaking views.Start your day experiencing the best sites along the Indian Ocean and end it with a sunset view over the Atlantic.

The Ultimate driving guide to day trip cape peninsula

1-Muizenberg

My first stop of the day was Muizenberg, Starting from Cape Town, take the M5 motorway in the direction of Muizenberg. You’ll pass the back of the Table Mountain and the leafy suburb of Constantia before arriving at Muizenberg, insta famous for its beautiful colourful beach huts.

Muizenberg  is a small town and one of South Africa’s best kept secrets. A largely untapped tourist spot, it’s hard to believe Muizenberg is best known for being one of the most popular beaches with one of the most active surfing communities in South Africa. This beachside suburb supports crowded streets and a bustling beach during the holiday season as locals flock to enjoy this little shoreline town. There is more to Muizenberg than just sand and water, there’s plenty of surf shops, restaurants and coffee shops located just along the main beach. With a strong colonial history.

Muizenberg beach huts

2- Simon’s Town

One of South Africa’s oldest towns and Naval base, Simon’s Town (sometimes misspelt as Simons Town or Simonstown) is a picturesque and historical town where many happy memories are waiting to be made just 35km outside Cape Town. From the Toy and Navy museums to the eateries and shops. It’s a great place to stop for lunch we were lucky enough that the submarines were out and about so could sit in the sun with fish and chips and watch them sail past.

3. Boulders beach

Boulder beach

The place I was most excited about visiting is  beautiful Boulders Beach. One of Cape Town’s most visited beaches and the only place in the world where you get close to African Penguins. They love the crystal clear waters and granite boulders situated on Boulder’s Beach— which makes for an unbelievable photo opp. We chose to walk past the main ticket office along the walkway past many of the penguins nesting. Make your way down onto the beach. What you have to be aware of is you need to be quite fit and able to climb over and squeeze between these rocks. To actually make it onto the beach with the actual penguins.

There are two ticket entrances for Boulder’s Beach. The penguin observatory deck and the beach entrance (at the other side of the footpath). You can also drive and park at either entrance. Your ticket is good for re-entering each side in the same day.

Penguins

Cost of entry

the cost of a ticket was 152 rand each adult which is about £8.15

4. cape point

Cape point is a spectacular sight with towering stone cliffs, endemic fynbos, breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys, watch out for baboons they were running about every where when we visited. You can either take the walking route up to the lighthouse or ride the funicular to the top. It departs every three minutes and transports you from the car park to the upper lighthouse. The tram is locally made, environmentally friendly and can transport 450 people an hour. It’s a steep walk up if you choose to go the pedestrian route, but the views are so exhilarating.

cost of entry

 

Cape point

5- cape of good hope

The Cape of Good Hope is the most south-western point of the African continent! Step out of your car for stunning views of the coastline, deep oceans, fierce cliffs, and sandy beaches.

Stop at the Cape of Good Hope sign before making your way to the parking lot at the base of Cape Point.

6- Chapman’s peak

From Cape Point, you’re looking at an hour’s drive to Chapman’s Peak (so plan accordingly)!

Take the scenic route through Scarborough, past Misty Cliffs, and, if you have time, stop at the Kommetjie lighthouse. Otherwise, cut through Ocean View and continue up and around Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the Chapman’s Peak Lookout. A beautiful spot to stop and watch the sunset.

Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. But, in my opinion, it is a dangerous road and, if you aren’t a confident driver, skip it and drive back to Cape Town via the inland route or drive VERY slow (don’t be distracted by the views!).

You will pass a toll road that doesn’t accept foreign credit cards, so be sure to have cash handy. The rates change seasonally, but for a normal passenger car expect around R50-60 £2.68

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