Cape Point day trip
How to get there:
There are different options one can choose when making the trip to Cape Point:
- Book a day trip on a guided tour with one of our trusted tour guide companies.
- Book a private tour with a guide. Bergzicht Guesthouse has a few private guides that we can recommend in reception.
- For the individual wanting to feel the wind in their hair and sun on their cheeks you can whizz around Cape Point in the sidecar of a motorcycle.
- Rent a car and drive yourself. It is very easy to find your way from Bergzicht Guesthouse to Cape Point. Here are the directions:
We can book any of the above-mentioned trips for you in the office. If you wish to rent a car then please contact your preferred car rental company directly.
Bergzicht Guesthouse recommends driving in the clockwise direction towards Muizenberg down M3. This means you will be on the left side of the road the whole way making it easy to stop and enjoy the beautiful scenery (we drive on the left hand side in South Africa). You will also follow the direction of the sun, giving you good lighting for those picture perfect moments.
When you leave Bergzicht Guesthouse: Drive down Milner Road and turn left on Buitengracht. Turn right on to Orange Street at the first traffic lights. Continue on Orange Street and this will eventually merge with M3. Once on M3, you follow the road signs to Muizenberg. You can then continue on the coastal road to Cape Point. Alternatively you can take Boyes Drive along the mountain to skip a bit of traffic through Muizenberg and get a beautiful view of False Bay.
Driving the Cape Point route from Bergzicht Guesthouse and back (no stopping) will take you about 3 hours. You can factor in the stops that you want to do and the amount of time you want to spend at each site to determine how long you will spend around the peninsula. Cape of Good Hope tends to be a full day trip. Please note that there are road works along the coastal road to Cape Point, which can delay your trip up to 20 minutes. If you are in a rush you can consider driving ove Ou Kaapse Weg through Sun Valley and to Glencairn.
The sights/points of interest:
- Kalk Bay: This is a small bohemian fishing village on the southern peninsula. There are great clothing and interior shops that offer beautiful trinkets to take back home. There is even a decadent ice cream parlour that made it to the Cape Town Travel tourism website’s top 10 in 2012 (http://www.capetown.travel/blog/entry/top_five_ice_cream_spots_in_cape_town)
The town is situated on the slopes of a steep mountain called Silver Mine, which is the home of some beautiful hikes (have a look at the hiking entry on this blog).
For an authentic South African fish and chips experience, visit Kalkies (a local fishermen favourite) on your way through Kalk Bay. Kalkies is a large shed like restaurant with access to the freshest fish around.
- Simons Town and Boulders Beach: Simons Town is the next town after Kalk Bay. The South African Navy has its base here and there is also a naval museum in the town. http://simonstown.com/navalmuseum/index.htm.
The Simons Town website (www.simonstown.com) gives an overview of the different activities in Simons Town. Remember that you have to have time to finish the peninsula trip within the day when planning your itinerary.
Boulders Beach is the home of a rare penguin colony called the Jackass Penguin. The beach is located at the end of Simons Town close to the golf course. A small entrance fee is charged which gives you access to the boardwalk and the beach. You are allowed to swim here but be aware of the penguins, as they are wild animals.
- Cape Point: Cape Point is a nature reserve at the very South West of Cape Town. The sheer mountain range is breath-taking, as it juts out of the wild Atlantic Ocean. Antelopes, ostriches and baboons roam around the nature reserve offering a unique African experience. Beware of the cheeky baboons. I have on several occasions had my lunch (and one time almost my car) stolen by one of these curious individuals. So keep your lunch hidden, your windows closed and lock your car!
There are many walking trails, lookout points and beaches that can be explored at Cape Point. At the very tip of the peninsula there are two lighthouses. You can choose to walk the trail of stairs going up to the first lighthouse or take the Flying Dutchman Funicular to the top. You can also walk all the way out to the second lighthouse.
- Ostriches: Once you turn left as you leave The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve there is an ostrich farm on your right hand side. Guided tours are offered and a curiosity shop is located at the farm. http://capepointostrichfarm.com
- Family friendly food and fun: Imhoff Farm is a family friendly farm on Kommetjie Road. Blue Water Café is a great restaurant serving delicious pizzas, a variety of local dishes and hearty salads. There is a big lawn with a playground for children and a farmyard next door. Guided horseback riding is also possible on the beach from Imhoff Farm. Have a look at their website to see what you and the family can do at the farm: http://imhofffarm.co.za
- Noordhoek and Cape Point Vineyard: Noordhoek is a lovely little town at the foothills of Chapmans Peak mountain. Long Beach is a great walking beach and popular surf spot for Cape Town locals. Should you be hungry at this stage of the trip, then my two favourite restaurants are the Foodbarn (http://www.thefoodbarn.co.za/restaurant/) and Cape Point Vineyard (offers both a restaurant and a picnic option) (http://cpv.co.za). Please note that Cape Point Vineyard does not offer lunch and picnics every day of the week. Cape Point Vineyard also does wine tasting http://cpv.co.za/wine-tasting/.
- Chapmans Peak Drive: ‘Chappies’ is a coastal toll road on the steep slopes of Chapmans Peak, connecting Noordhoek and Hout Bay. It is famous for its winding roads that offer panoramic views of Hout Bay and the surrounding mountains. There are a few places to stop your car and enjoy the view. If the sun is out and the wind is calm, then bring a picnic and sit on one of the grassy patches overlooking the ocean. Have a look at the Chapmans Peak website to make sure the drive is open: http://www.chapmanspeakdrive.co.za
- Hout Bay, the market and boat rides: Hout Bay (meaning wood bay in Afrikaans) hosts a variety of activities for both big and small. (Refer to the family activities post for fun ideas on family fun in Cape Town).
There are boat rides that leave the harbour and takes visitors to Seal Island. The round trip takes about 40 minutes and tickets can be purchased from one of the vendors on the harbour. Visit Dumbeat Charters’ website for departure times and prices: http://drumbeatcharters.co.za. There are other charter companies in the harbour.
The local weekend market called Bay Harbour Market sells mouth-watering food, wine and beer. Local live music sets the ambiance for a good evening here. It is an indoor market so the weather will not interfere with the festivities. Hout Bay is only a 20 minute drive from Bergzicht Guesthouse so should you miss the market on the Peninsula trip then it can be done on an other day. The market is open from Friday at 17:00 till Sunday. Visit their website for more information: http://www.bayharbour.co.za
- Camps Bay: This beach town is the last stop before you reach the City Bowl again. Cocktails at sunset, palm trees, good food and music are staples here. Camps Bay is the perfect place to get dressed up and go out to have some fun at one of the beach bars the promenade has to offer.
From Camps Bay, you can drive Camps Bay drive over the mountain which joins Kloof Nek Road between Lions Head and Table Mountin. You will then drive left up Burnside Road back to Bergzicht Guesthouse.
Enjoy the trip!