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My Cape Peninsula: coastal views and penguin encounters

Explore the Cape Peninsula for stunning clifftop coastal views, plus the option of vineyard lunches and penguin encounters …

By Silke Bullerdiek
Business and product Development Director at Go Vacation, Alfred&'s partner

Discover the Cape Peninsula on this scenic day trip, which includes the option of vineyard lunches, penguin encounters and kayaking with seals. The tour starts from 9am in Cape Town for the 30-minute drive down the peninsula to Cape Point. On the way, you get the most amazing coastal views. Cape Point is one of the southern-most points in Africa; the cliffs here soar to over 800 feet and waves crash against the rocks. You can either walk or take the Flying Dutchman funicular railway to the Cape Point Lighthouse for the best photo opportunities.

For the second portion of the tour, you have three options. The first is to stop at Boulders Beach, which is a breeding site for hundreds of African penguins – you can watch them nesting and the youngsters swimming in the bay. There’s even a second viewing platform where you can swim in the ocean, with the penguins just a few metres away. You’ll also enjoy lunch at Cape Point Vineyard, a mountainside estate with views over Noordhoek Beach – we can also organise wine and oyster tasting.

Alternatively, you can visit Hout Bay, where you’ll take a short boat trip to Seal Island, home to a colony of Cape fur seals. You’ll have time to observe the seals and marine birds from the boat before heading back to Hout Bay. This cute working harbour is known for its seafood and is ideal for a lunch stop. The last option is perfect for adventurous travellers, as it involves a kayaking trip from Simon’s Town, where with a little luck you’ll have penguins swimming all around you.

Whichever tour you choose, you’ll make your way back to Cape Town in the afternoon via Chapman’s Peak Drive. This spectacular curvy road twists alongside the ocean and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. When I took this drive in September, I was lucky enough to spot pods of whales. You’ll drive by the popular sandy beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton before being dropped at your hotel. This tour is a great way to get out of the city for a day and explore the Cape’s incredible nature, wildlife and scenery.

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Alfred & Silke Bullerdiek

Silke Bullerdiek has over 20 years' experience in the tourism industry. She grew up in Johannesburg and later studied tourism in Cape Town before returning to Johannesburg to work for Go Vacation. Silke is now the Director of Business and Product development and loves creating bespoke itineraries and unique tour experiences for clients.    
Silke Bullerdiek, business and product manager Go Vacation - My Cape Peninsula tour

Alfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Andy, who's travelled extensively in South Africa. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - ex banker who can show you the hottest foodie spots in Cape Town, the award-winning young sommelier who can introduce you to Stellenbosch's finest wines and the walking safari ranger who can guide you to the best game.

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