Full Day Peninsula tour with penguins at boulders, beach, Kalk bay & muizenberg (Entrances and lunch non included)
Start with the drive along the Atlantic Seaboard through the opulent suburbs of Bantry Bay, Clifton, and Camps Bay through Hout Bay towards Chapman’s Peak Drive. One of the most spectacular marine drives in the world and affectionately known by the locals as ‘Chappies’, it is a must for anyone passionate about natural scenery. The twists and curves in the road seem endless and it is a photographers’ dream and a paradise for sightseers.
Around 10.30 am at the tip of the Cape Peninsula and 60 km south-west of Cape Town, the reserve falls within the Table Mountain National Park, a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Encompassing 7750 hectares of varied flora and fauna it abounds with buck, baboons, and Cape Mountain Zebra, as well as over 250 species of birds. Ascend to the lighthouse, and pause at the southwestern tip of the African continent.
CONTINUE TO SIMON’S TOWN AND BOULDERS BEACH, TO MEET THE AFRICAN PENGUINS
The story of the African penguins at Boulders Beach is one of remarkable urban colonization, but the species as a whole faces many threats and are listed as endangered. The penguin colony in Simonstown started in 1983 when a pair was spotted on Foxy Beach at Boulders. The birds arrived to False Bay from Dyer Island. At the time, False Bay was closed to commercial fishing and the newcomers enjoyed abundant food and unlimited breeding sites, with the African penguin population at Boulders soaring. Today they continue to delight, and it’s a well-known fact that time in the company of these adorable birds is guaranteed to make you smile.
After lunch we will take you around Charmin Kalk Bay. A popular seaside village known for great shopping and its working harbor with rather obnoxious resident seals. The village is home to a theatre, art galleries, independent bookshop, renowned bakery, antique shops and so much more. A walk to the lighthouse is recommended.
Finish dig your feet into the sand on the muisenberg beach. To truly experience the romance of Muizenberg, take a walk along the beach in front of Surfer’s Corner, where the photogenic and colorful washhouses line the beach. The coastal stretch between Muizenberg and St. James railway station was once known as Cape Town’s Golden Mile, and today still makes for a wonderful area to explore on foot. Historic buildings, homes clinging to the mountain side, the railway line that hugs the shoreline and the endless coffee shops and stores, tidal pools and beaches will make you want to linger.
We will pop in for either a coffee, craft beer or gin (as is your preference) before bringing an end to the day.
Return to Cape Town, overnight.