Penguins at Simon's Town

The Amazing CAPE PENINSULA – Breathtaking Scenic Ocean Drives, Penguins & the Cape of Good Hope

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What a stunningly beautiful region!

The Cape Peninsula and Western Cape region are absolutely breathtaking!

I especially love the turquoise blue waters that are so typical for the Cape scenery. You can immediately recognize this region just by that color – that’s how special it is!

Road Trip Cape Peninsula - Chapman's Peak Drive, Cape of Good Hope, Penguins at Boulder's Beach and House sit in Simon's Town - Cape Town, South Africa

A Road Trip Around the Cape Peninsula

One of the most fun things to do while in Cape Town is a road trip around the Cape Peninsula. So many stunning vistas – and the Cape of Good Hope of course.

First, you are treated to one of the most scenic ocean drives anywhere – Chapman’s Peak Drive

Chapman's Peak Drive - Cape Peninsula

Chapman’s Peak Drive

I admit, I’m spoiled by the Pacific Coast Highway in my beloved California and in particular, the stretch around Big Sur, but “Chappies” as the drive is lovingly called, can certainly hold his own – though being much shorter at only 15km.

We started the drive from Hout Bay, a trendy community on the outskirts of Cape Town.

I let the photos speak for themselves. (that’s Hout Bay on the first pic, btw…)

Chapman's Peak Drive

Chapman's Peak Drive

Chapman's Peak Drive - Cape Peninsula

Chapman's Peak Drive

Chapman's Peak Drive

Chapman's Peak Drive

Chapman's Peak Drive

Chapman's Peak Drive

Chapman's Peak Drive - Cape Peninsula

Continuing along the coast, an area famous for wind surfing…..lonely beaches everywhere…..

Chapman's Peak Drive

Finally the entrance gate to the legendary Cape…..

The Cape of Good Hope

This was the first sight we saw…;-) – and a good reminder to never ever interact with baboons. They are very feisty and will climb into your car and tear everything up if you let them. So don’t – as tempting as it may be…..

Cape of Good Hope

And then…… we caught our first glimpse of the legendary spot – actually not really the Southernmost part of Africa – we’ll get to that on our way to the Garden Route.

Cape of Good Hope

obligatory selfie….

Cape of Good Hope

Cape Point below….

One can walk all the way to the tip and back – but even just the view from here was wonderful!

Cape of Good Hope

It’s possible to camp or rent a cabin here for a few days – definitely something to consider for my next trip….

Cape of Good Hope

After spending a few of hours in this breathtaking scenery and taking a hike towards the Cape, we continued along the Cape’s Eastern Coast toward the little town of Simon’s Town – most famous for the wild penguin colony that lives there on Boulders Beach.

Gorgeous scenic ocean drive all along…..and those turquoise waters again….

Cape of Good Hope

Near Simon’s Town we were greeted by this hilarious succession of signs:

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

and then, the real thing at Boulders Beach – so beautiful!

Penguins at Simon's Town

Penguins at Simon's Town

Penguins at Simon's Town

is there anything cuter than a penguin….?

Penguins at Simon's Town

Penguins at Simon's Town

Penguins at Simon's Town

During whale season (July-November) this coast line is also abundant with whales – everywhere!

Simon’s Town is a charming little historic town, filled with British Expats and lovely little shops and cafes.

Definitely, a nice spot to stay for a few days…..

and….. yes, you guessed it…..;-) – I had a wonderful house sit here right after, with two doggies and these magnificent views:

Simons Town Cape Peninsula

Simons Town Cape Peninsula

Simons Town Cape Peninsula

tough life, I know….;-)

As you can see, an absolutely amazing region with so much spectacular scenery to offer – and activities for young and old – I will definitely return!

NEXT: Road Trips South Africa – Whale Coast to Garden Route

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10 Comments

  1. what amazing pictures!! and I love your enthusiasm….;-) – such a beautiful region and the penguins are priceless…;-)

  2. I LOVE that whole region! Your article reminded me of some very happy days – thanks very much! Gorgeous pictures, they really add a lot!!

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