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If you plan to hire a car in Cape Town it is a good idea to first take a half day orientation tour of the City and Peninsular. The mountains which dominate our city can make it confusing and tiring to find your way around on a hot summer’s day. The shortest route is not always obvious, and bi-lingual signposts are not as clear as you might expect. Take a leisurely few hours to understand the way our city spreads around the mountain chain and coastline and the safest routes out through the suburbs into the winelands and your holiday will blossom. We will take you to spectacular vantage points, such as Signal Hill in the City Bowl and Ou Kaapse Weg in the Peninsular, to open your mind to the wonderful range of attractions ahead of you.
Cape Point and Chapman’s Peak Drive
The most popular tour from Cape Town, lasting from 6 to 8 hours, is to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Our route takes us through the green, wooded valley of Hout Bay and onto Chapman’s Peak Drive. This spectacular road winds around the cliffs above Hout Bay and into the village of Noordhoek, with its wide white beach – so popular with horse riders. From Noordhoek we follow the Atlantic side of the Peninsular and pass through the remote, small villages of Misty Cliffs and Scarborough, clinging to the cliffs above a tourquoise sea. Climbing Red Hill Pass we cross the spine of the Peninsular and pause for spectacular views of False Bay and the historic naval village of Simonstown. We are now on the Indian Ocean side of the Cape and we gradually enter the scenery of the wild and unspoilt Cape Point Nature Reserve. At Cape Point, the lighthouse is reached by either a 15 minute uphill hike along a good path, or by a 3 minute trip on a small funicular. Whichever you choose the view from the top is unforgettable. For the energetic, there is a 30 minute walk to the pretty Diaz beach and the Cape of Good Hope, along a wooden boardwalk through the dense green fynbos. We return to Cape Town along the False Bay coast, calling at the famous Boulders Beach penguin colony. If your schedule allows it may be time for a light lunch beside the ocean, or at a Constantia Wine farm, where tasting is available. From the lush, green winelands of Constantia it is a leisurely 15 minutes to the city, or back to Hout Bay.
Away from it all
Sometimes you want a break from the city and the popular attractions. We journey down to Muizenberg and the False Bay coast. From here, Baden Powell Drive curves around the quiet, southern shores of False Bay, following many kilometres of unspoilt beaches, loved by local surfers and surf fishermen. We pass through the less well known beach resort of Strand with its wide, warm beach and reach the pretty harbour and quiet village of Gordon’s Bay. Heading south along the coast of False Bay we leave civilisation behind and enjoy a spectacular coastal road winding between fynbos-covered mountains and the glorious coastline with far away views of Table Mountain. At the end of this less-known side of the bay we reach the remote holiday communities of Roi Els and Pringle Bay. A few minutes further brings us to the Harold Porter Nature Reserve. Take an hour to stroll to the waterfall or longer to explore the fynbos-covered mountain slopes overlooking the ocean. The reserve is famous for its wild flowers and Proteas and there are many enticing spots to just sit and relax and enjoy the peace and birdsong. If your schedule allows you can carry on from Harold Porter through beautiful farmland and lagoons to Hermanus, approximately 120km from Cape Town. This small town is famous throughout the world for Whale watching during the winter and early summer (June to November). At any time it is a pleasant small town with good cliff top walking paths. The most direct route back to Cape Town from Hermanus climbs through the mountains to the top of Sir Lowry’s pass, before following the N2 motorway to the city.