The Peninsula Drive

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Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope is a sight not to be missed.   First named “The Cape of Storms” by early seafarers the reserve now boasts excellent tourist facilities. Whether your preference is for a hearty meal at the restaurant or a brisk walk to the top of the 238 metre high peak.  For the less energetic the only funicular in Africa will whisk you to the top in style. Who knows, you may even spot the legendary 17th century phantom ship “The Flying Dutchman”, which disappeared mysteriously while trying to round the Cape, and is reportedly sometimes still seen trying on a misty night.

The suburbs of Camps Bay, Hout Bay and nearby Llandudno, lie on the Atlantic, more expensive side of the Peninsula.   Quaint surfing areas such as Muizenberg and the Antique and fishing town of Kalk Bay lie on the False Bay coast where the sea water gets much warmer in Summer.

Fish Hoek is excellent for swimming in December and January, in spite of the wind.
The Naval Base of Simonstown attracts thousands of tourists each year because of the penguin colony stationed there.

And returning to Cape Town on the magnificent coastal drive called Chapman’s Peak is probably one of the most breath-taking things you can do in Cape Town on a sunny afternoon as the sun sets….