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Cape Peninsula

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The west coast of the Peninsula.

The Cape Peninsula (Afrikaans: Kaapse Skiereiland) is in Western Cape of South Africa, encompassing the Cape Town metro area, Cape Point and the False Bay area.

Regions[edit]

Cape Peninsula

Cities[edit]

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

Language[edit]

The primary languages are English and Afrikaans, varying from suburb to suburb, although both will be understood in most areas. German and French are available in some tourist-oriented stores, and will usually have a sign to this effect on the street front.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Cape Town International Airport

Get around[edit]

By train[edit]

Train service is only available between Simon's Town and Cape Town and won't bring you to the Cape of Good Hope, so the best option is a car. Another option is one of the tours offered everywhere in Cape Town.

By car[edit]

  • Take the roads from Cape Town southward, passing Simon's Town and the Boulders to go to the Cape of Good Hope. You will always be on the peninsula, when you are south from Table Mountain.
  • The Table Mountain National Park offers visitors some indigenous vegetation and stunning views at Cape Point.

Car rental[edit]

You can't pay for petrol or diesel with a credit card, only with cash or a South African bank issued 'Garage' card.

See[edit]

Hout Bay is a little, scenic harbour.

Do[edit]

  • Dive the waters of Cape Town on the Atlantic or False Bay coastline of the Peninsula
Chapman's Peak Drive
  • Drive the scenic drives along the east and west coast of the Peninsula. Chapman's Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular coastal roads in the world. It begins in Hout Bay on the west coast of the peninsula and ends 9 km later in Noordhoek. It is a toll road.
  • Walk for miles along the beaches of Hout Bay, Noordhoek and Kommetjie on the west coast of the peninsula. The water on this side is very cold, so you'll need a wetsuit if you want to surf.
  • Suntan and people-watch on the trendy beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno.

Eat[edit]

Several cafes and restaurants line the beach in Simon's Town and the other villages of the Cape Peninsula. Prominent among these is Kalk Bay with several famous eating houses, including various levels of fine fish restaurants in the famous picturesque fishing harbour.

Drink[edit]

The famous Stellenbosch wine route is about 45 minutes away from the Peninsula. But there are several famous wine estates close to Cape Town. These include Groot Constantia, Buitenverwagting, Klein Constantia, Constantia Glen and right down south, in Noordhoek, is Cape Point vineyards.

Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

Go to Cape Town, visit the Cape Winelands, drive up to the north along the West Coast or to the east onto the Garden Route.

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