Why not come on a one-day road trip with us – we do it all the time! This one shows you two different oceans, one mythical ‘cape’, one Unesco heritage site, a variety of beaches from rocky to white-sandy, the oldest wine route in the country, pretty bays, fishing harbours, a naval base, a penguin colony, a troupe of baboons, an ostrich show farm, the most valuable real estate on the African continent…. and more.
Assuming your hotel is somewhere central like the V&A Waterfront, the CBD or Sea Point, we’ll start by driving along the famous promenade from Mouille Point to the end of Sea Point. You’ll see joggers and walkers on one side and on the other the large towering blocks of apartments with the best sea views.
At the end of Sea Point we enter the small but very elegant suburb of Bantry Bay, formally known as Botany Bay. Here you start seeing the most expensive homes in the country… multi-storeyed luxury with funiculars to reach their front door, most of them have been built by blasting into the rock and some garages cost as much as the car. Onward, past Clifton’s famous 4 beaches – always sheltered from the notorious Cape wind, this is where the beautiful sun-lovers come to play.
A brief stop at Maiden’s Cove to admire the view and take an iconic photo of Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles, then we continue through trendy Camps Bay towards Hout Bay with perhaps another photo stop on Victoria Drive overlooking the beautiful Llandudno Beach. In picturesque Hout Bay we might take a short boat ride to Duiker Island to see the seal colony past the Sentinel peak guarding the bay.
Our next photo-stop will be on Chapman’s Peak Drive – one of the world’s most spectacular coastal roads with towering cliffs and magnificent views. As we round the last bend your breath will be taken away at the sight of Noordhoek Beach where we might even see horse riders on the beach. Another photo stop is mandatory here.
After passing through the semi-rural suburbs of Noordhoek and Kommetjie we take another coastal road. Many tourists miss part of this road because for some reason drivers and guides take the shortcut through Ocean View. Doing that means you miss Slangkop Lighthouse, one of only two lighthouses built of metal. All roads in the Cape have a name in addition to an official number but this one has no name so we’ve named it the Turquoise Route because that’s the colour of the sea. It’s a lovely stretch of road and a crime to miss it.
You’ll see surfers, photographers and a tiny conservation village shrouded in mist.. you’ll be wowed at all this beauty and if photos are your thing, we’ll stop as many times as you like. Past Scarborough we veer inland slightly and if you’re interested in some ostrich products we’ll make a stop at an ostrich farm.
Next stop is the highlight of the day: The Cape Point Nature Reserve. This is where we have an excellent seafood lunch with magnificent views overlooking False Bay – we might even see some whales! But before and after lunch we’ll explore the cliff-views, take the Flying Dutchman funicular to the top of the old lighthouse point, and drive down side roads to the various beaches and historical sites of the reserve. Most of these roads are not accessible to buses so being in a private vehicle is a bonus because you get to see much more. After lunch you might want to walk along the top of the cliffs from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope. This wonderful easy walk gives you views not seen anywhere else and you can have your photo taken at the Cape of Good Hope – place of myths and fascinating history. In the reserve you’ll probably see one or more of the baboon troops that live there, some ostriches on the beach, and if you’re in luck some antelope and Cape Mountain zebra. And of course the fynbos for which the Cape is famous.
When we leave the reserve, we head back along the False Bay coast. Our next stop is Boulders to visit the African penguin colony. There’s nothing cuter than watching these human-like animals waddling all over the beach or next to the boardwalk as they observe the observers. You could even have a quick swim and there might even be some penguins swimming with you.
Our drive back to your hotel will take us through the small but very pretty villages along this coast, more stunning views and we’ll stop and greet our famous Sharkspotters as they keep a lookout for predators in the bay. Onward, and past the Constantia Valley where the first wines were produced back when Constantia wines were rated the finest in the world.
Your one-day road trip will leave you happy and satisfied after seeing the fairest Cape of all!