Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour - 1 Day

He who has not seen Cape Point has not seen Cape Town. Beautiful images are captured by the eyes, best interpreted by the mouth and safely preserved by the memory. The Cape Point tour gives you the best of joys, scenery and a taste of the curious history. Cape Point is the most South Western tip of the African continent, housed by the Table Mountain National Park. Cape Point is an isolated duel you would not want to miss out on, it affords visitors an opportunity to get best views of the Atlantic Ocean on the South West edge of Africa.

The Cape Point tour departs from the Cape Town City Bowl via Sea Point with its enviable beachfront promenade along the Atlantic Ocean, continuing through Camps Bay along the curved coastal road set against the Twelve Apostles en-route to Hout Bay. The tour continues to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve to visit Cape Point, the penguin colony at Boulders Beach then return via the coast to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden before you are dropped off at your hotel.

Places of Interest

Maidens Cove

Maiden’s Cove is a beautiful scenic lookout point nestled between Clifton’s beaches and Glen Beach in the prestigious suburb of Camps Bay in Cape Town, Western Cape. It is well renowned for its exquisite vistas of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, as well as its view of the Atlantic Ocean.

The parking and grassy area at Maiden’s Cove is a popular spot to watch the sunset, and there are braai areas for those who wish to make an evening or day of it. Dolphins can often be spotted frolicking in the water and during the months of June to November, it’s fantastic for whale watching.

Hout Bay

The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay features a cosy atmosphere, with a fireplace and live music, which is ideal for friends and families to gather. When paired with the sizzling hot food, the Bay Harbour Market promises a market experience you’ll come back to again and again.

Patrons can expect a wide variety of food offerings, live entertainment, craft beer on tap, cultural curios, organic products, proudly South African clothing items, unique artwork, and an abundance of sweet treats at the Bay Harbour Market – all set in a shabby-chic, reinvented old factory.

Chapmans Peak

‘You gotta do Chappies’ is a common refrain to hear in Cape Town. ‘Chappies’ is local speak for Chapman’s Peak Drive, and it’s one of Cape Town‘s most famous landmarks. It’s nine kilometres and 114 curves of breathtaking scenery that takes you from Noordhoek to Hout Bay or the other way around. Some say it is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

Cape of Good Hope

Along with Cape Horn, the Cape of Good Hope is one of the world’s most famous navigational landmarks. Located at the meeting point between the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans, this geographical ‘accident’ is famous for its wild seas and the violent winds which beat up against it. It is also the great gate into the “Roaring Forties”. The Cape of Good Hope marks the point where a ship begins to travel more eastward than southward. Thus, the first modern rounding of the cape in 1488 by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias was a milestone in the attempts by the Portuguese to establish direct trade relations with the Far East (although Herodotus mentioned a claim that the Phoenicians had done so far earlier). Dias called the cape Cabo das Tormentas (“Cape of Storms”; Dutch: Stormkaap), which was the original name of the “Cape of Good Hope”.

Cape Point

The lighthouse at Cape Point is the most powerful on the South African coast. It has a range of 63 kilometres, and beams out a group of three flashes of 10 million candlepower each, every 30 seconds. But, through history, mariners had taken a rather dimmer view of warning beacons around the Point.

A lighthouse was built In 1857, on Cape Point Peak, 238 metres above sea level. The equipment for the lighthouse had been shipped from England. However, because of its high position, clouds and fog often obscured the lighthouse. In fact, for an alarming 900 hours per year on average, its light was invisible to ships at sea at a certain angle.

Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach

This picturesque area, with enormous boulders dividing small, sandy coves, is home to a colony of some 3000 delightful African penguins. A boardwalk runs from the Boulders Visitor Centre at the Foxy Beach end of the protected area – part of Table Mountain National Park – to Boulders Beach, where you can get down on the sand and mingle with the waddling penguins. Don’t, however, be tempted to pet them: they have sharp beaks that can cause serious injuries.

The bulk of the colony, which has grown from just two breeding pairs in 1982, seems to prefer hanging out at Foxy Beach, where, like nonchalant, stunted supermodels, they blithely ignore the armies of camera-touting tourists snapping away on the viewing platforms. (The beach itself is off-limits to visitors.)

The aquatic birds, which are an endangered species, were formerly called jackass penguins on account of their donkey-like braying – you’ll have a chance to hear it if you turn up during the main breeding season, which peaks from March to May.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

A beautiful, serene expanse on the slopes of Table Mountain, with more than 7,000 plant species, most of which are unique to this part of the world (keep an eye out for all kinds of proteas, birds of paradise, wild gardenia, and much more). Scattered throughout the 1,300 acres are various artwork and sculptures, and in summer the park hosts concerts and events against the stunning mountain backdrop.

You may also like our other day tours;

Winelands Tour Full Day, Cape Point Half Day Tour, Cape Town City Tour Half Day, Half Day Wine Tour in Stellenbosch, Best of the Cape Tour, Cape Agulhas Tour Full Day, Whale Watching Tour Full Day, Cape Town Langa Township Tour, Cape Town Township Tour

Itinerary

Day 1

The Cape Point tour will start with a pick up from your hotel within the Cape Town City Bowl, turning your back on the still rising sun as we make our way through the affluent suburbs of Sea Point on the slopes and base of Signal Hill. Inhale the gentle breeze of the Atlantic Ocean as we continue on the Cape Point tour heading north of Lion’s Head to feed your eyes with the beauty of oceanic views and luxurious properties of Bantry Bay, we will then further continue the Cape Point tour north west of Lion’s Head into Clifton one of South Africa’s most expensive neighborhoods boasting mind blowing architectural property designs glued on the steep western face of the Lion’s Head mountain, patterned by rows of pine trees and carpeted by four sandy white beaches with blue flag status.

The Cape Point tour proceeds onto Camp’s Bay, a suburb blanketed by the majestic Table Mountain from behind and Lion’s Head on its right. This tourist haven is loved by both locals and international tourists for its white sandy beaches and vibrant night life supported by great clubs and outstanding restaurants. The Cape Point tour continues along Camps’ Bay for a stop at Maidens Cove for some photo opportunities of the enticing Twelve Apostles mountain range.

Just after Camp’s Bay, the Cape Point tour continues to Hout Bay, situated in the valley of the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula which was once a source of timber to the Dutch settlers but today Hout Bay is a thriving small fishing town and a must visit for any tourist. In Hout Bay you can enjoy some of the best fish and chips in the world, the town is respected and favored for its sea food restaurants. Our stop in Hout Bay gives you some time for an optional boat trip to Duikers Island also known as “Seal Island” where you can view and appreciate a colony of seals that inhabit Seal Island. With the conclusion of enjoying the Hout Bay sites sets in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic seaboard we proceed with the Cape Point tour making our way to the famous Chapman’s Peak drive.

Chapman’s Peak is well known for staging events such as the Cape Argus and Two Oceans Marathon the peak is named after John Chapman who engineered its creation. From Chapman’s Peak the Cape Point tour continues to pass Noordhoek a place of tranquil with a beautiful calm beach popular for walking and horse riding. As we pass Noordhoek on this Cape Point tour you will see an ostrich farm on your left with an opportunity to see the ostriches as we pass by making our way to the Cape Point Nature Reserve.

Our journey has now reached the tip of the Cape Peninsula as we enter the reserve, situated in 17 750 hectares of nature reserve and home to a variety of wildlife with over 250 species of birds. This reserve is also one of the largest breeding grounds for tortoises. We will stop at Cape of Good Hope for an opportunity to have your photo taken at the famous picture board of the most South Western tip of the African Continent. Cape Point is located about 1km east of Cape of Good Hope, the scenic beauty of Cape Point is not its sole allure, it is also an international icon of great historical interest with a visitor drawn to the area because of its rich maritime history. Named the “Cape of Storms” by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, the Cape Point was treated with respect by sailors for centuries.

Chacma baboons are common to see at Cape Point, we will stop at Cape Point where you will have the option of either walking or taking the funicular ride to the upper lighthouse where you will be able to look at the enticing views of the Cape Peninsula and the surrounding mountain range.

After visiting the lighthouse at Cape Point we head to Boulders Beach where you are offered the opportunity to view a colony of African Jackass Penguins at the penguin colony at close range. This endangered land-based penguin colony is one of the few in the world, whose boardwalks allow you to get up close and observe the penguins in their natural habitat.

The Cape Point tour continues through Simon’s Town after a visit to the penguin colony, home of the South African Navy where you can still see some historic naval vessels anchored off-shore. On a drive through the town you might see the famous statue of Just Nuisance, the only dog ever to be enlisted to the Royal Navy. Simon’s Town also offers a fantastic collection of boutique stores and restaurants.

From Simon’s Town the Cape Point tour proceeds through Fish Hoek, a little town known for its leisure activities like surfing, sailing and sunbathing. We will then pass Kalk Bay and Muizenberg which has one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town with the exciting danger of sharks.

The Cape Point tour will be concluded with a visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site) founded in 1913 its original purpose was to ensure that the original native plants were protected from extinction. Set against the gentle lower slopes of Table Mountain it is the perfect place to unwind after the end of the tour.

Our return to Cape Town from the Cape Point tour will take us past the University of Cape Town, the Rhodes Memorial and Groote Schuur Hospital (site of the world’s first heart transplant) before we drop you off safely and happily at your hotel.

Day 2
View Clifton beach, Camps Bay and Twelve Apostles mountain range

Day 3
Visit Hout Bay (take an optional boat ride to Seal Island)

Day 4
Drive along Chapman’s Peak

Day 5
Cape Point Nature Reserve

Day 6
Cape Point Lighthouse

Day 7
Cape of Good Hope

Day 8
Visit Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach

Day 9
Drive through Simon’s Town, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg

Day 10
Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Tour Includes

  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Qualified tourist guide
  • Entrance fee to Cape Point Nature Reserve

Tour Excludes

  • Meals
  • Any additional purchases to the itinerary
  • Boat trip fee to Seal Island
  • Entrance fee to Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach
  • Entrance fee to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Frequently asked Cape Point Questions

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How big is the Cape Point Nature Reserve ?

Cape Point Nature Reserve is approximately 17 750 hectares of nature reserve and home to a variety of wildlife with over 250 species of birds

What is the approximate travelling time from Cape Town City Bowl to Cape Point Nature Reserve ?

Cape Point is about 70km from the CBD. Getting there by car will take about 1h20 depending on traffic

What is the cost of the Flying Dutchman Furnicular at Cape Point Nature Reserve ?

The Flying Dutchman Funicular, also known as the Cape Point Funicular, is a funicular railway located at Cape Point.
The costs are: Adult: R70 (return) / R55 (single) & Children (age 6-16) and pensioners: R30* (return) | R22* (single) *Wednesdays only

Are the any shops at Cape Point Nature Reserve ?

There are three superb stores located near the Flying Dutchman Funicular upper and lower stations at which to purchase a range of Cape Point, and traditionally South African, memorabilia, curios and souvenirs

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour