Cape Peninsula

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Right on Cape Town’s doorstep, the Cape Peninsula is perhaps the most under-appreciated bit of South Africa. Nearly every visitor to Cape Town will make the journey down to Cape Point during their trip, but there is so much more to see and do that it could easily occupy several days of your time. Cape Point is rightfully so popular. The tiny finger of ridged land that creeps out beyond the lighthouse points down across empty ocean to the Antarctic, and standing there with the water all around you, there’s an amazing sense of how remote this corner of Africa really is. The real joy of the Cape Point Nature Reserve is the roads that lead down to little secluded bays, or the hiking trails that criss-cross the native fynbos vegetation, and you should definitely take the time to explore these. Heading back towards Cape Town, stop in Simon’s Town to see the jackass penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach, and remember, if you’ve got your trunks and it’s a warm day, you could even go swimming with them! Rather than continuing on the main road, take the minor road that cuts across the peninsula at this point and eat at the great little restaurant that you find here. You’re then on the right side of the peninsula to drive the jaw-dropping Chapman’s Peak Drive, an utterly spectacular road cut into the cliff side, exhilarating, beautiful and slightly terrifying! Beach lovers should schedule a stop at Llandudno to enjoy wonderful white sand and great surf, the like of which its Welsh counterpart has never enjoyed.

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