09 Mar Cape Peninsula
The Cape Peninsula is a generally rocky peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean at the south-western extremity of the African continent. At the southern end of the peninsula are Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. On the northern end is Table Mountain, overlooking Cape Town, South Africa. The peninsula is 52 km long from Mouille point in the north to Cape Point in the south.
The ride starts with Hout Bay that offers some 40 restaurants, a wide array of antique and art shops, stalls, a waterfront that is both quaint and commercial, weekend markets and accommodation to suit every pocket and taste.
Hout Bay boasts one of the most active fishing harbours in South Africa. Housed within the harbour are the yacht and power-boat marinas – both popular and convenient stopovers for craft from all parts of the globe. The Bay itself is probably one of the safest sailing venues anywhere, and is also ideal at most times for water sports of all kinds. The mountains surrounding the valley provide hiking routes with breathtaking views.
One of the main features of the ride around the peninsula is Chapmans Peak Drive. Chapman’s Peak Drive on the Atlantic Coast between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as “Chappies” and is a must for anyone who is passionate about the majestic scenery of Cape Town.
Another major attraction is Cape Point Nature Reserve, also referred to as the Cape of Storms or the Cape of Good Hope, at the south-western tip of Africa. It is a world-famous nature reserve which is bound by the cold waters of the Atlantic in the west and the warm waters of False Bay in the east. The park is part of Table Mountain National Park and offers unique fauna and flora, scenic splendour and an intriguing history.
Here, visitors will encounter one of the highest sea cliffs in the world, several hiking routes, various animals (Cape Mountain Zebra, baboons, a variety of buck, and ostrich) and an abundance of bird life (including sea birds). The trip to the promontory with its spectacular views over False Bay can be undertaken on foot or by funicular. Visitors can also spend time at the information centre, several seaside picnic spots, tidal pools, the restaurant or curio shops.
The Cape Peninsula has so much to offer for all riders that you simply cannot miss this spectacular drive.
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