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Chapman's Peak Drive, South Africa

Chapman's Peak Drive, South Africa: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Guided Tour

1. From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Guided Tour

You’ll be picked up at your Cape Town accommodation in the morning by a qualified tour guide/driver in a luxury minibus, and taken on a full-day Cape Peninsula tour. We begin with a drive-by city orientation tour of Cape Town City centre and a stop in the Bo-Kaap for photos with the colourful houses. Next, we drive along the scenic coastal route with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other and see what makes this coastline so special. Pass through Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, and Llandudno beaches along Chapman's Peak drive and enjoy a photo stop at Maiden's Cove. In Hout Bay, you’ll have the option of taking a boat to Seal Island to get a closer look at the seal population (not included in the tour price). The boat cruise takes approximately 45 minutes and we will view the seal colony from the boat. After exploring the harbour in Hout Bay, your tour continues on to Noordhoek village for an optional stop to try the best coffee roasted this side of the Cape (cost not included). The next stop is at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, where you'll explore the reserve, see the Dias Beacon, and also where the two currents meet. You can hike up to the top to see the Cape Point Lighthouse or take the Funicular (cost not included). From Cape Point, you’ll continue on toward Boulders Beach and stop to see the penguin colony. Enjoy the scenic Boyes Drive and see Kalk Bay and St. James Beach with its colourful beach cabanas for optional photos. The return route to Cape Town will be via Old Cape Road, ending the day with a drop-off at your accommodation.

Cape Town: Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Shared Tour

2. Cape Town: Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Shared Tour

Start your full-day tour of Table Mountain, Penguins and Cape of Good Hope/Cape Point with pick up at your hotel in Cape Town followed by a brief city orientation tour and a stop in the Bo Kaap for photos with its colourful houses and learn about their history. From there we head to the Table Mountain cable car station to take the cable car to the top of the mountain for unforgettable views from this 7 Wonder of Nature. Drive along the Atlantic coast, stopping at Maiden's Cove for photos with the backdrop of the 12 Apostles mountain range. Enjoy the spectacular views from Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the world's most scenic routes and enjoy a photo stop at the viewpoint. Visit Boulder's Penguins Colony at Boulder's Beach and see approximately 2500 African Penguins, before reaching the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Once in the Cape of Good Hope, enjoy a guided tour at this very popular landmark and take a photo behind the Cape of Good Hope name board. From there we travel to Cape Point, where you can hike to the top of the lighthouse or take the Flying Dutchman funicular to the top. This is the official meeting point of the Two Ocean Currents: Cold Benguela Current and the Warm Agulhas Current. Our tour culminates with a stop at St. James Beach for photos with the colourful beach cabanas before you return to your accommodation in Cape Town for drop off.

From Cape Town: Cape Point & Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

3. From Cape Town: Cape Point & Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

Discover the stunning beauty of the Cape of Good Hope on a full-day tour in an airconditioned vehicle from Cape Town. See the Seals at Hout Bay Harbour. Visit Maidens Cove and the Cape Point Lighthouse for breathtaking views. Stop to see the African Penguin at Boulders Beach and enjoy a lunch and walk in Simons Town. Be picked up from your hotel in Cape Town and relax on the comfortable drive to the first stop at Maidens Cove. Soak up views of Camps Bay Beach, the 12 Apostles Mountain Range, and Lion's Head.  Continue along Victoria Road, passing exclusive residential areas to Hout Bay Harbour. On the way to Chapman's Peak Drive for 2 photo stops. Upon arrival at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, your guide will provide an overview of the park. Purchase a ticket for the funicular to the Cape Point Lighthouse or take a 15-minute walk up that passes a spectacular viewpoint. Head to the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony to see and learn about sea birds.  Make a lunch stop at Simon's Town harbor where you can buy some tasty local food and admire the 18th-century buildings. On the drive back to the hotel, stop to see shark spotters, who help prevent sharks attacks at Muizenberg Beach. 

Hout Bay: Duiker Island Seal Colony Cruise

4. Hout Bay: Duiker Island Seal Colony Cruise

Choose from 40 a 60-minute cruise and sail off to Duiker Island to see thousands of Cape Fur Seals in their natural environment. Take in some of the most spectacular scenery the Cape Peninsula has to offer as you cruise along the rugged coastline from Hout Bay harbor.  As you cruise over the waters, get breathtaking views of the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive and the Sentinel Mountain, in addition to the chance to see other marine life including dolphins and whales. 40-minute Seal Colony Cruise: child-friendly cruise from Hout Bay harbor to Duiker Island the Seal Colony where you can view thousands of wild Cape Fur Seals, close up in their beautiful natural habitat. 60-Minute Seal and Shipwreck Cruise: see the Cape Fur Seals at Duiker Island and then continue below the Kabonkelberg mountain range to Moari Bay notoriously known for its Shipwrecks which ran aground in 1994 during one of the famous Cape winter storms. 60-Minute Chapmans Peak Cruise: set off from Hout Bay harbor to Duiker Island to view the Cape Fur Seals. From there the boat will cross the bay and travel back to the harbor along the cliffs and caves of Chapmans Peak.

Cape Town: Penguin Watching at Boulders Beach Half Day Tour

5. Cape Town: Penguin Watching at Boulders Beach Half Day Tour

The tour departs Cape Town and heads to the first stop of the day, Maidens Cove. From here, admire the stunning views across the Atlantic seaboard as well as marveling at the imposing Twelve Apostles Mountain range. The tour continues along Chapmans Peak Drive, rated one of the best mountain drives in the world. Along the way, stop at a selection of lookouts that provide unspoiled views of Hout Bay Harbour and Noordhoek beach. Arrive at Boulders Beach and learn about the friendly African Jackass Penguins that call the beach their home. Although the penguins roam freely on the beach and are comfortable being near humans, they are protected animals and visitors are not permitted to touch or feed them. Admire the penguins from a designated viewing point, and observe these creatures as they go about their day. Enjoy some free time to relax on the beach, take a swim with the penguins in the refreshing waters, or explore the surrounding landscpaes. The tour ends with a visit to Boyes Drive, a spectacular mountain road overlooking the stunning view of False Bay coast before dropping you back at your hotel (accommodation).

From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula & Boulders Penguin Beach Tour

6. From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula & Boulders Penguin Beach Tour

First, make a quick stop in the heart of Cape Town city center to discover the colorful community known as Bo-kaap. Then, head straight for the coastline. Pass by affluent suburbs with some of the best beaches near the city, stopping for photos at Camps Bay. Proceed on towards Hout Bay seated in between gigantic mountains and the Atlantic.  Enjoy an optional scenic 40-minute round-trip boat ride to Seal Island. Resume your tour via the world-famous Chapman's Peak Drive. Marvel at this road engineering feat as you wind over the edge of the mountains; this scenic drive is not for the faint-hearted. Next, arrive at the Cape of Goodhope Nature Reserve just after midday. Discover the rich plant life of the Cape, early human history, maritime history and if you are lucky you might be able to have a mini safari.  Reach the southwesternmost point of the continent - the Cape of Good Hope - and take a photo with the sign. Hiking is recommended but no swimming because of sheer riptides. Carry on to Cape Point and walk for 20 minutes one way up to a historic lighthouse. You could also take a funicular at your own account if you are not in the mood for walking. Feel free to stop for lunch at the world-class seafood restaurant with a sea view or grab a quick bite in the food shop next door. Next, embark on a journey to Simon's Town for a special date with the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach. Spend about 45 minutes at the penguin colony before you head back to Cape Town along the coastline. Pass through the quaint towns on this historically known Millionaire's Mile. Hear fun facts about the navy and Just Nuisance - the only dog in the world to have been an able seaman. Finally, discover Kalk Bay and Muizenberg Beach, the surfer's corner before returning to the starting point.

Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope, Seals and Penguins Day Tour

7. Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope, Seals and Penguins Day Tour

Spend a day exploring the famous natural beauty and adorable wildlife of South Africa’s Cape Peninsular. Take photos at the Cape of Good Hope sign, see seals and penguins, and enjoy the Chapman’s Peak drive. You can even meet an ostrich at an ostrich farm. Leaving Cape Town behind, drive by Bantry Bay nestled in the foothills of the Lion's Head, an affluent suburb well known for its wind-free status. Pass by Clifton, a prestigious neighborhood in Cape Town where the four Clifton beaches are naturally divided by granite boulders. Enjoy a photo stop at Maiden's Cove for social media-worthy pictures with magnificent views of the Twelve Apostles and Camp's Bay Beach. Continue to Hout Bay where you can hop an optional 45-minute ferry ride to Seal Island, inhabited by more than 5000 Cape fur seals. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, you can see the seals from the mainland and can use the time to explore the local craft market. Next up is Chapman's Peak Drive, a Mountain side road locally known as Chappies. Chapman's Peak is an engineering masterpiece that meanders for 10km along the mountains that seem to drop into the ocean like an avalanche. There is a photo stop at the viewing point for views of the ocean and cliffs. Arriving at Noordhoek Farm Village, you have time to enjoy the breathtaking views of Noordhoek and have the option to enjoy some of the best coffee brewed in Cape Town at the Village Roast. Continue you for a quick visit to a local ostrich farm to see the largest bird on the planet. Cape Point Nature Reserve is home to the Cape of Good Hope, the most southwestern corner of Africa. Rich fauna and flora make this place a biodiversity hotspot as well as a great spot to grab a selfie with the famous sign. At Cape Point, you can walk or take an optional funicular ride up to the oldest lighthouse in South Africa for a 360-degree view of the national park. The area is also a hotspot for local birdwatchers. Your Cape Peninsular day tour continues at Boulder Beach. Here you are escorted to the colony of African penguins that call this place home. See the birds at close range and hear about the conservation efforts to ensure their ongoing survival. Continue to Muizenberg to see the colorful beach huts from the top of the mountain which are used as changing rooms for swimmers. Your final stop will be at the unique Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter. Here you have time to explore the streets lined with colorful houses and learn about the area’s rich history. Please note, the order of the itinerary on the day may be altered.

Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

8. Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

After a 6:00 AM pickup from your hotel in Cape Town or the surroundings, you'll proceed along the Atlantic Seaboard where you can admire mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Stop at the Maiden's Cover for a photo opportunity with a backdrop of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Passing through Clifton, Camps Bay, Llundadno, and Hout Bay. Stop for photos on one of the world's most scenic routes, Chapman's Peak drive. Next, stop at Boulder's penguin colony to visit these enchanting creatures. Watch as these adorable birds play and frolic in the ocean. Your final destination will be the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve for a guided tour and a photo stop at this very popular landmark. From there, you'll travel to Cape Point, where you can hike to the top of the lighthouse (or take the funicular). At 10:30 AM arrive at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island where you will take the 11:00 AM boat trip to Robben Island for a prison tour. On the island, an ex-prisoner will be your guide and take you through the prison. See the cell where Nelson Mandela spent so many years. Upon return from the island at approximately 3:00 PM, your guide will be waiting for you again at the clock tower to transfer you back to your hotel.

Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Full-Day Tour

9. Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Full-Day Tour

Discover the scenic beauty of the Mother city and it's breath taking landscapes on this full-day guided tour. You will have the pleasure of seeing the multicultural reaches of the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood where Malay, Indian and Dutch traditions coalesce between the sights and grab the opportunity of picturesque colourful houses. Enjoy the drive along the Atlantic Seaboard passing through Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay which draws crowds to it's namesake beaches, known for it's fine sand, natural rock swimming pool and the views of Twelve Apostles mountains and Chapmans peak drive which offers the most mind blowing and breath catching views (weather permitting).Arrive at Hout Bay Harbour where you have the option to board a boat cruise to the Cape Fur seal colony on Duiker Island or spend free time browsing the local curio shops at the harbour. Noedhoek Farm village has the best coffee and juice for your pallet(optional). Set out to visit the Cape of Good Hope (Africa’s most South Westerly tip), Hiking trails to the summit of the Cape makes for great activity and sightseeing to explore. Next, is Cape Point you have the option of taking the Funicular ( own expense) or walk up to the Lighthouse while enjoying the Cape Floral Kingdom. After Cape Point head on to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and check out the playful African Penguin family. Relax back as you pass through Simon's Town, home to the South African Navy's Naval Base located on the shores of False Bay. You will pass by Kalk Bay and Muizenburg where surfers experience the thrill of riding waves. You will be dropped off at your accommodation or any location of your choice.

Cape Town: Peninsula, Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Day Tour

10. Cape Town: Peninsula, Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Day Tour

Discover the entire Cape Peninsula from Cape Town to Cape of Good Hope on this guided day tour. Marvel at the beauty of nature as you stop at Maidens Cove to enjoy the view of Camps Bay Beach, the 12 Apostles Mountain Range, and Lion's Head. Take a 45-minute return boat to Seal Island to visit the Seals colony (optional). Photo stop over at the viewpoint along Chapmans Peak drive, one of the most scenic marine routes in the world. Upon entering the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, your guide will provide an overview of the national park. Be on the lookout for ostrichs, antelopes, and other games. Scan the ocean for the Southern right whale during their winter migration (Jun to November). Take a 15-minute walk-up, that passes a spectacular viewpoints or purchase a ticket for the funicular to the Cape Point Lighthouse. Enjoy lunch (at your own expense), and free walk in Simons Town before heading to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony to see and learn about sea birds. Relax back and enjoy the coastal drive back to Cape Town, taking in spectacular views of the false bay with a selfie in front of the coloured huts on St. James or Muizenberg beach. Drop off will be just before 6:00 PM

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This is the best thing happened to me so far here, the tour was full of activities and information. And a special thanks to the best tour guide ever “Ruben”. Thanks Ruben for the very informative tour, u have a looooot of information, always smiling and very helpful. Guys this is really worth every penny! Cheers

We had a fantastic trip with our guide Armand. He was a fantastic tour guide - very knowledgeable and we learnt so many interesting facts about everywhere we visited. The tour was great, seeing the penguins, cape point and the stunning Chapman’s Peak view. Thanks Armand!

Absolutely amazing trip, seen so many different things that South Africa is famous for and James our tour guide was the best!

Jean luc was our tour guide and he was great. Lots of knowledge and the route was beautiful

A well organised tour with a very good guide. A excellent trip