Scenic beauty of the Cape Peninsula
The Cape Peninsula is full of wonderful things to do from one of the finest coastal drives in the world – Chapmans Peak Drive – to Cape Point National Park with its stunning coastal scenery, historic lighthouses, fynbos and hiking trails to enjoy. Here you might see whales breeching just off the bay and nearby you can view the quirky penguins on Boulders beach, and even swim with them if you are lucky!
Some of Cape Town’s loveliest beaches are found on the Cape Peninsula at Noordhoek, St James and Kommetjie, alongside pretty towns and villages of Hout Bay, Simonstown and Kalk Bay with their interesting little shops and bistros, stunning sea views and laid-back charm.
Stay here or Visit?
The question is whether you want to stay here, or stay more in the city and come for the day. That depends on what you’d most like to do. If you are into nightlife and plenty of shopping, then the city will hold more appeal. But if you enjoy being active, this is the place to be. Stroll or ride on horse back along long empty expanses of white sandy beach or hike among fynbos in Silvermine Nature Reserve.
If you have time, why not combine a couple of nights on the Cape Peninsula with a couple in the heart of the city to get the best of both worlds?
We have several hotels to recommend – Colona Castle and Rodwell House in St James both overlook the False Bay. On the Atlantic side, there are some very romantic hotels such as The Last Word Long Beach at Kommetjie and one of our favourites, Tintswalo Atlantic on the famous Chapmans Peak Drive…. Some of these hotels are quite a way from the city but others are much closer.