Travel to Cape Peninsula – Spectacular Coastal Scenery and Beach Activities
The Cape Peninsula is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places in the world. Long considered the “Gateway to Africa”, Cape Town and its environs offer travellers an almost limitless choice of activities amidst a scenic garden that rivals anywhere else in the world. The Cape Peninsula is a rocky peninsula that juts out for 75 km into the Atlantic Ocean. At the southern end of the peninsula are Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope and on the northern end is Table Mountain which overlooks Cape Town.
The peninsula was once an island but was joined about 60 million years ago to the mainland by the emergence from the sea of the sandy area now known as the Cape Flats. The towns and villages of the Cape Peninsula form part of greater Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope is sometimes given as the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.
There are several scenic drives where you can see spectacular coastal scenery such as at Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Or you can visit Table Mountain National Park where you can see the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point or see the magnificent penguins at Boulders Beach.
There are numerous activities to choose from at Cape Peninsula. For water sports head to Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town where you can swim and surf at the beaches or for popular beaches to sunbathe and relax at then head to Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno. Also for good coastal walks then be sure to visit the beaches of Hout Bay, Noordhoek and Kommetjie.
In Simon’s Town and numerous other towns and villages you’ll find a variety of beachside cafes and restaurants in which to relax and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery in this region of the country.
The best way to get around is by hire car although there is a train service between Simon’s Town and Cape Town or you can join an organized bus tour in Cape Town.
- Enjoy spectacular scenery on one of the coastal drives.
- Visit Table Mountain National Park.
- Surf or swim at one of many beautiful beaches.