- Price (per person) – from US$33.94
- Duration – Approximately 8 hours
- Tour Departure Time – 8:30 to 9:00am
- Tour Availability – Daily
- Pick-Up Place – Hotels located in the City Center
- Group Size – Small; less than ten including the tour guide/driver
- Not Included in the Price – Meals & Entrance Fees as follows:
- Seal Island Boat Trip: R100 per adult; R50 per child
- Cape of Good Hope: R320 per adult; R160 per child
- Boulders Penguins Colony: R160 per adult; R80 per child
This day trip takes you from Cape Town to the most south-western point of the African continent: Cape of Good Hope. Along the way, there are a number of highlights, such as driving through the Atlantic Seaboard, onto Hout Bay Harbour, Chapman’s Peak, Cape Point, and so much more. Offering a jam-packed day, this small group tour should definitely be on anyone’s list of must-dos while in South Africa.
Departing from Cape Town, we drove through the Atlantic Seaboard, graced with beautiful sceneries all around. The neighborhoods of Clifton and Camps Bay stood out, as the affluent areas housed gorgeous and massive homes that I can only dream about.Right after Clifton, we made our first stop in Camps Bay for a photo opp in Maiden’s Cove. This gorgeous lookout offers a view of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, pictured below. Our journey continued to Hout Bay, where we got to explore the harbour that had lovely little stalls with local finds that could be brought home as souvenirs. The main attraction in the Hout Bay Harbour, however, would have to be Duiker Island, where herds of seals have housed themselves; and this is why the island has earned itself the moniker: Seal Island. There are boats from the harbour that’ll take you through the scenic ride, closer to Duiker Island, but if you’re lucky, you’ll already be welcomed by one of the seals even before boarding the boat. The boat ride is a great break from the driving this tour has to offer – though I love road trips, I love sailing through the waters too – save for the times I’d get seasick. From Hout Bay Harbour to Duiker Island, it takes about 20 minutes; a total of more or less 40 minutes for the roundtrip.I hadn’t noticed the time though, as I enjoyed the incredible view, as well as the fresh air. By the time we had gotten closer to Duiker Island, we heard the seals – true enough, a multitude of them was enjoying the island all to themselves.As we sailed back to Hout Bay Harbour, we had some time to go through the local stalls. Although I hadn’t purchased anything, it was really nice to look through them – exactly how the kids in the photographs below felt too, I believe! Continuing on with the drive, we drove through Chapman’s Peak Drive and made a stop at the viewpoint, which gives a glimpse of the route we had taken to get from Hout Bay to Chapman’s Peak. It was an incredible sight, to say the least, albeit windy!Cape Point Ostrich Farm was next on our list, located in Cape Peninsula. By this point, we were approximately 50km from Cape Town, in a charming property. Obvious from the name, they had ostriches running around; and yes, they fall under the category of my forever-fear: birds. Not evident in the photo below, I was nervous from being as close as we were to them. There is also an option to feed them, but needless to say – I didn’t even dare spend more time around the ostriches after this photo was taken!It seemed like our tour group was the only one there, which made the property all the more alluring and relaxing from my point of view. It’s a nice place to go to if you want to get away from everything – except for the fact that there are ostriches all around though, who could attack us at any moment (I kid; or not). This stood as a pit stop, where we spent about 15-20 minutes to use the loo. Here’s a photo I took from the toilet – what an incredible sight to have while taking a bio-break, don’t you think? Finally reaching Cape of Good Hope, we had to go through a toll gate, where we paid the entrance dues through a drive-thru system. We drove past the coast, with stunning sceneries, which honestly was always the case no matter where in South Africa we were; and we had finally reached the most south-western point of the African continent. Spending a few minutes herein, and thereafter, driving through the area, spotting animals scurrying their worries away, we headed towards Cape Point, where you could have the option to take the Funicular, though we decided to walk around the grounds instead. It was a relaxing break from being on the road the whole morning; we continued on to have lunch a few kilometers away in a restaurant whose name I forgot to jot down, but we did have really good food and even better views. Nearing the end of the tour, we made our second to the last stop in Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African penguins. With granite boulders – therefore, its namesake – to keep the penguins company, it provides a breathtaking scenery to get acquainted with these webbed-feet creatures. Since they do fall under the category of birds, to be near them is something I would never risk; and the wooden walkway that protects the colony from humans helped a lot, as I felt like I was the one being protected. By the end of the trip, we made one last stop in Muizenberg Beach, whose main attraction is said to be the colorful little beach houses scattered throughout the shoreline.It was a nice sight to see to end our trip, before we headed back to Cape Town. At the end of the trip, you have the option to get dropped-off at your hotel / accommodation (where you were originally picked-up from) or any of the centrally-located attractions in the city center. In our case, we asked to get dropped-off in the V&A Waterfront, by far my favorite place in the city.
This jam-packed day tour takes through you through the southern part of the country, and offers a trip filled with scenic landscapes and memorable sights, surely something you would never want to miss while in South Africa. We were unlucky with the weather, as it was cloudy (evident in the photos), but still enjoyed the trip a whole lot! So if you’re in the midst of planning a trip to Cape Town, then add this to your list, and you certainly won’t regret it!