Eco Tour Details
The Cape Peninsula stretches southwards behind Table Mountain to the Cape of Good Hope, the most south-westerly tip on the African continent.
We start the tour on the Eastern flank of the Peninsula Mountain Chain and travel past historical grounds of Groote Schuur Estate, once owned by Cecil John Rhodes and bequeathed upon his death to the people of Cape Town. The university, the nature reserve and the hospital are all on this land. We travel above the City with views of the harbour and CBD to Kloof Nek road where we pass between Table Mountain and Lion’s Head towards the scenic coastal town of Camps Bay (not before stopping briefly for photographs at the lower cable station on the front face of Table Mountain).
From Camps Bay we drive past Llandudno to Hout Bay which is named after the timber (hout = wood in Afrikaans) that used to be harvested in this valley. We will stop at Mariner’s Wharf with the option to do a spot of shopping for curios before the optional (but highly recommended) boat trip to see the seals at Duiker Island. Birders will also relish the opportunity to see the various gulls and even some pelagic seabirds as they follow returning fishermen into the bay.
We now take the famously scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive through to Noordhoek, then on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. An alternate route is through the Constantia Winelands (see Constantia Wine Route Tour). At the nature reserve we stand the chance of encountering Ostriches and Baboons (see also Baboon Walking Tour), amongst other birds and animals. The park is also home to the magnificent viewing and geographically important sites of the Cape of Good Hope (the south-westerly tip of the African continent) and the Cape Point lighthouses. After spending some time at these sites, we make our way back through the park and then hug the coastline making our way to the famous penguin colony at Boulders Beach, where we will have the opportunity of seeing these cute birds up close as they nest right on the dunes. After Boulders we go to the naval town of Simon’s Town before travelling through the historic fishing towns of Fishhoek and Kalk Bay and over Scenic Boyes Drive and return to Cape Town on the Blue Route Highway.
Lunch is for guests’ own account and will be organised along the route depending on our progress and the group’s preferences. Being a small and personal tour, we are free to deviate from the plan, stop whenever and take our time with whatever is most enjoyable to you.
Total time: about 7 Hours (including lunch)
Fees: Fees depend on number of guests and specific itinerary - please enquire. These fees include transport and entrance fees (excluding Duiker Island Charter). Lunch is for your own account.
What to pack: Since this is largely a vehicle-based tour – sensible clothing with something warm for later in the day is a good idea.
Hat (and sunglasses)
Camera (Binoculars can also be useful)
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