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The drive around the Cape Peninsula near Cape Town is one of my favourite road trips in the world. I’ve driven this loop multiple times and each time was simply unforgettable. I once watched pods of whales frolicking in False Bay just fifty yards away from the shore. Another time, I stopped at the beach in Scarborough, pulled out my binoculars and spotted sharks breaching the water as the waves rolled in. The scenery is bewitching: from the bright blue expanse of False Bay framed by dark, brooding mountains, to the cute penguins at Boulder’s Beach, the dramatic shoreline of Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, and the spectacular bends of Chapman’s Peak Drive. I could do this Cape Peninsula loop a hundred times and I would still be in awe of its beauty. As a tribute to this spectacular drive, here’s a photo essay of the route. Follow me as I navigate my way around the Cape Peninsula, a perfect day trip from Cape Town.

The Cape Peninsula road trip route

First off, a map of the route:


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The drive starts in Cape Town. Backed by the Table Mountain, voted as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the city certainly has one of the most spectacular settings on the planet.

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The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town in the early morning



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From Cape Town, take the M5 motorway in the direction of Muizenberg. You’ll pass the back of the Table Mountain and the leafy suburb of Constantia before arriving at Muizenberg, on the shore of False Bay. The road then hugs False Bay, passing small communities like Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town, and stunning white, sandy beaches. If it’s whale season, look out for whales wherever the road skirts the bay.

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A view of False Bay from a vantage point in the hills near Simon’s Town
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Gorgeous houses in Simon’s Town

The penguins at Boulders Beach

Just outside Simon’s Town is beautiful Boulders Beach. Famous for its population of African penguins, the beach itself is a sight to behold!

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Welcome to Boulders Beach!
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Boardwalks lead visitors down to the beach. Many penguins laze around or under the boardwalk.
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The view across False Bay from Boulders Beach
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How Boulders Beach got its name. 🙂
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The African penguin colony at Boulders Beach
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Too cute!

Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope

From Boulders Beach, the road continues along the coast towards Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope through a large nature reserve that extends from the southernmost tip of the peninsula to Table Mountain.

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Rainbows greeted us on the road to Cape Point!

From the main road to Cape Point, there’s a turn-off that leads down to the historic Cape of Good Hope, the southwesternmost tip of the African continent. Watch out for baboons along the way. I recommend keeping your windows closed!

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Wild ostriches greeted us on the road to the Cape of Good Hope
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The Cape of Good Hope on a rather stormy day
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The path that leads up the mountain to Cape Point. There’s also a funicular that takes visitors to the top.
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The views of the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Point

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The route along the Atlantic coast

From Cape Point, head towards the village of Scarborough and Misty Cliffs. The ocean and mountain views are absolutely breathtaking. On some days, you can spot sharks in the water each time the waves roll in so keep your binoculars ready.

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Stunning scenery between Scarborough and Misty Cliffs
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Misty Cliffs – guess how the village got its name. 😉

You’ll soon arrive in Kommetjie. Plan a stop here for a drink and a meal (the prawns and fish & chips here are legendary!).

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Fish & chips at Fisherman’s Kommetjie.

Chapman’s Peak Drive

The road then winds inland before meeting the coast again at Chapman’s Peak. From here, you have a beautiful view of the sandy expanse of Noordhoek Beach.

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Noordhoek Beach

This is also the start of another highlight of the Cape Peninsula loop: the Chapman’s Peak Drive! It’s a winding road that hugs the mountainside, with treacherous drops on one side and there are jaw-dropping views of the mountains and Hout Bay around every corner!

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Chapman’s Peak Drive
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Hout Bay seen from Chapman’s Peak Drive.

Back to Cape Town

From Hout Bay, the road continues as Victoria Drive along the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll pass the exclusive suburb of Llandudno, home to many celebrities. You’ll be at a loss of where to focus your gaze: the azure Atlantic Ocean or the rugged peaks of the Twelve Apostles!

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The Twelve Apostles seen from Victoria Drive.
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The peaks of the Twelve Apostles
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Victoria Drive winds its way along the Atlantic coast back into Cape Town

You’ll be back in time for a spectacular sunset. You can opt to stop at the beach community of Camps Bay to enjoy a sunset cocktail at one of the cafés! You’ll certainly be in the mood for one after this unforgettable drive!

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Locals hanging out at Camps Bay beach at sunset.
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A Camps Bay sunset

This Cape Peninsula day trip can easily be done on your own in a rental car or you can opt for one of these full-day tours:

Note: a big thank you goes to Cape Town Tourism for your fabulous hospitality. As always, all views expressed above are mine.

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