Our tour begins at Kalk Bay, best known for its working fishing harbor and bohemian feel. Browse the arts and crafts on offer, perhaps do a bit of shopping in the quirky fashion boutiques and enjoy the antiques and collectibles along the main strip.
Next, we’ll head over to Simon’s Town to for those keen to find out more about the rich history surrounding this naval town, museums and monuments providing plenty of insight. Bringing this naval town to life is an insight into the shark diving industry and stories of Just Nuisance – Great Dane, WWII mascot and only dog ever enlisted in the Royal Navy.
Before heading into the Cape Peninsula itself we search for our own rogue penguins – a splinter colony away from the crowded boardwalks over the main breeding site – on a beach known only to locals. Our tour continues with a gentle hike in the Cape Peninsula Reserve, exploring secluded beaches, and this region’s unique wildlife. The return journey weaves back to Cape Town via Noordhoek Farm Village a food artisan hub of the Peninsula and – time permitting – stopping for a sun-downer at a local brewery, vineyard, beach or scenic look-out, whatever takes your fancy.
*Please note that during your morning brief your guide may advise changing the route of your tour to allow for us to beat any pending crowds into certain areas during peak seasons so that we can spend maximum time exploring outside the vehicle.
Explore Kalk Bay – Meet the Resident Seals & Fishing Folk
Explore – Conservation Walk near Boulders, Simon’s Town
Explore Cape Point – History, Wildlife & Nature
Explore – Noordhoek Farm Village with a Cheeky ‘Kick Ass’ Ice Cream or Coffee
Early Evening Sun-downers – Cape Peninsula
Explore – Cape Town’s most scenic road with all 144 curves of Chapman’s Peak Drive
Kalk Bay is loved for its bohemian vibe and fabulous old-style architecture surrounding the working harbor at its heart. Take a look around the boatyard, watch the fisherman bringing their day’s catch in, or throw a line over the harbor wall with the locals. Seals frequent the safe waters, and out to sea, you could be lucky to spot pods of dolphins and whales cruising past. For arty types, explore the galleries and enjoy the mix of locally produced street art along the sidewalk. Be sure to take a walk down the side alleys for some unexpected finds.
The thriving penguin colonies on the outskirts of Simon’s Town are draw-cards for visitors to this part of the Peninsula. We’ll do it a bit differently and leave the main breeding areas beneath the busy walkways to look for the hidden colonies in lesser-known coves loved by the locals. Enjoy a conservation orientated walk along the walkways to learn more about these adorable animals in their natural environment.
The Cape Point Nature Reserve is filled with adventure, wildlife and captivating historical stories around the Cape of Storms with shipwrecks and legends enchanting this renowned area. We start our journey along one of the lesser travelled roads to search for the Cape Five – ostrich, baboons, bontebok, tortoises and mountain zebra – and whatever else we can find while enjoying the beautiful views and Cape Fauna Floral. Next, we’ll explore further afield and perhaps enjoy a light hike to one of the deserted white beaches or enjoy a short walk along the coastline learning about the fynbos, habitat and biodiversity of the wildlife in the area. All the while your guide will bring to live the history behind the area and perhaps tell a story or two about the mythical ghost ship haunting the southern seas.
Visiting the Noordhoek Farm Village is like seeing an old friend. It’s easy, relaxed and no-nonsense in a comfortable and welcoming environment for all ages. Explore the food hub of the south peninsula where you’ll find artisan breads freshly baked daily from the Foodbarn Deli, handcrafted ice cream Kristen’s Kick-Ass Ice Cream using the finest natural ingredients, a coffee Roastery, where coffee beans from all over Africa are ground together and a raw juice bar. Browse the local craft shops while the kids play safely in the children play area.
Our Cape Peninsula Adventure will end with early evening Sundowners in one of our favorite local hangouts in the Noordhoek Area. Our options will be between enjoying a Cheese and Wine pairing at Wine & Swine, Craft Beer at Aegir in Noordhoek (weekends only) or rather opting to taste our on-board gin selection at a viewing point on the Atlantic Seaboard on route back to Cape Town.
This ribbon of coastal road is rightly known as one the most scenic drives in the world. We’ll follow the tar around the shoulder of Chapman’s Peak which rises above on one side, and plunges way down to the rocky shores far below. Chapman’s Peak Drive links the village of Hout Bay to Noordhoek, around 114 bends which is quite possibly one of the most beautiful nine kilometres you’ll ever experience.