Planning a trip to Africa?  In this installment of our Africa Travel Guide Series, follow us on a scenic drive along the Cape Peninsular to Cape Point National Park.

Cape Peninsular Scenic Drive

The Cape Peninsular is a rocky peninsular that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean as a southern tip of the African continent.  The most southern tip of the Cape Peninsular is called Cape Point and also houses the world-famous Cape of Good Hope.  On the northern end of the peninsular is the Table Mountain which we visited just the day before.  Collectively, they form part of the Table Mountain National Park which was previously known as the Cape Peninsular National Park.

The Cape of Good Hope as seen from Cape Point.

As we left the Table Mountain behind us and travelled towards the South, we were immediately treated to beautiful views of the coastline.  If you traveling in the direction from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope, the scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean would be on the right side of the vehicle for most part of the journey.

While the mountainous spine of the Table Mountain would be on the left.

Metal nettings were put in place on the cliffs next to the road for safety reasons.

Just a few minutes’ drive out of the city of Cape Town are these spectacular views.

The climate in Cape Town can sometimes be rather unpredictable – it can have shrouded with fog at one time only for it to clear very soon after.  Cape Town is said to be very similar to the city of San Francisco, and in this case, I would say, the likeness in the climate of the two cities was definitely there.

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Beautiful Bay Area

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I’ve always thought that this piece of natural sculpture looked like the top part of a rhinoceros, with the piece of sharp rock at the edge looking like the rhinoceros’ horn.

This is my favorite view of the bay, and it is only a few minutes’ drive out of Cape Town.

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Ostrich Farm

Very soon, we left the beautiful coastline behind and the first thing we came across as we proceeded inland was this ostrich farm!

Well, the very first time we saw ostriches in South Africa was at Kruger National Park, and those were the wild ones.  I recall that on that very night, our game ranger treated us to a dinner of ostrich steak and it was fabulous!  So when I see farmed ostriches here, I can’t help but wonder if they are due at the slaughter house to be somebody’s dinner later on.

Ostriches to me are very comical entities, with their huge feathered bodies support by two very thin and long legs and topped by an equally thin and long neck.

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Cape of Good Hope

After a little while of driving from the city, we finally reached the gantry to the Cape of Good Hope.  This is still within the Table Mountain National Park, and there’s an entry fee to be paid for the maintenance of the park.

One of the first thing that struck us was how deserted the National Park was…there was no other vehicles and humans in sight.  Another thought that struck us was how different the vegetation here looked.  The Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park comprises a treasure trove of more than 1000 species of indigenous plants, of which a number are endemic, meaning, you do not see them in any other parts of the world.

This section of the Table Mountain National Park is also home to several species of antelope…a pair of binoculars is needed if you want to see them clearly.  Four Cape Mountain zebras also reside here, and they are said to be the only four zebras here in the entire plains.  You need to be extremely lucky to be able to spot them.  We weren’t lucky enough although we did invest a small amount of time to drive around the areas where they usually hang around.

The area also offers excellent vantage points for whale watching, although again, on this front, we were not that lucky.

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Cape Point

Our first destination at the Table Mountain National Park was Cape Point.  En-route to Cape Point, these were the spectacular coastal scenery as we drove along.  It reminds me a lot of the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne.

At Cape Point, where we were to take the Flying Dutchman funicular uphill to see the old lighthouse and enjoy the panoramic views.

The funicular saved us from an uphill walk from the carpark to the top of the hill.  Of course, it came with a cost, but it was still better than attempting to walk uphill under the blazing sun.  The comfortable ride on the funicular took only 3 mins, up a height of 87 metres to the top of the hill.

The views from the funicular.

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Fantastic View from Cape Point

At the top of the hill, the views here were truly amazing.  This is the Cape of Good Hope, as seen from Cape Point.

If you have the time to explore, there are actually many walking trails available at Cape Point.

This is also an excellent observation point for whales and other marine creatures.

The steep cliffs and the turbulent waters of the ocean as it meets the coastline.

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Highest Point on Cape Point – The Light House

The highest point here would be at the light house, and it offers an unobstructed view of the ocean beyond. Depending on which direction you are looking at, you could be looking at either the Atlantic or the Indian Ocean.

Back on the funicular and down to the carpark where our private transport was waiting for us.

At the carpark, we find that the views are also amazing in a different way.

If you have the time to spare, walking along the coast line is possible, just as what these people are doing.  I am sure it will be a very humbling experience.

This concludes scenic drive along Cape Peninsular to Cape Point National Park.  Join us next as we make a stop at the Cape of Good Hope.

First published 21 Apr 2018
Last updated 24 Feb 2019

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