It can be difficult to comprehend just how beautiful the Cape Peninsula really is. Join us as we meander along the coastline on our way to experience some of the gem’s the famous ‘Cape of Good Hope’ has to offer. Africa’s most sought after strip, a penguin colony to keep you company and a taste of the local delicacies makes for the perfect day south of the city.
PENGUIN PARTY PLEASE - BOULDERS BEACH
The only place in the world where you can get this close to the African Penguin. These friendly little guys have been kind enough to share their spectacular beach with us. Elevated boardwalks wind their way through the dunes and vegetation and not only provide great viewing spots, but also protects nesting penguins and their chicks. The opposite side of the beach allows us to climb over and under boulders to get even closer bit only to observe and not disturb. This is a firm favorite for locals and visitors alike, a wildlife experience to remember.
STEEPED IN HISTORY & DIVERSITY - CAPE POINT NATIONAL PARK
Cape Point National Park boasts over 1100 indigenous plant species that form a small part of the much celebrated fynbos kingdom, the smallest but most diverse of the world's six floral kingdoms. Larger animals like Zebra, Eland and Bontebok are a rare sight but one can often find roaming ostriches, baboons and between June & November the Humpback and Brydes whales are not uncommon. The Cape of Good Hope is situated at the junction of the warmer Agulhas current and colder Benguela current, as a result the marine life found west and east of each side of Cape Point differs vastly. We'll visit the Cape of Good Hope and the lighthouses of Cape Point.
COMPLETELY OFF THE GRID - THE SCONE SHACK
Neatly nestled in a cute little corner at Cape Point is a crooked little shack made of windows that welcomes passersby with a cup of hot tea and a scrumptious scone or two. Made almost entirely from windows, the Scone Shack invites the outside world in and allows curious creatures around it to join its patrons in enjoying the space. The Scone Shack used to be lived in by a laborer on the farm but when he left, they decided to remodel it and make a kitchen area. The unique “café of sorts” was created with sustainability in mind by our good friends Carl & Kara, building up the walls from scraps and repurposed window pieces. Cost of a scone and a coffee, herbal teas or juices is 100-130 ZAR PP, CASH ONLY. PLEASE BRING THIS ALONG.
FANCY OR LOCAL LUNCH?
We have 3 options for lunch and the choice is entirely yours. The Cape Point Vineyards Restaurant offers a seasonal menu designed to compliment their award winning Sauvignon Blanc driven wines and unrivaled views. Do what the locals would do and enjoy the much loved and famous fish and chips of Hout Bay, a must try when in Cape Town. Please click here to view our ‘Boot Brunch’ option which is a real winner for those who want something less formal, it’s a picnic type lunch enjoyed on the slopes of Chapmans Peak complimented with a gin tasting of our very own Pesky Hobbit Craft Gin.
IS THIS THE WORLD'S MOST SCENIC DRIVE?
Who are we to challenge that? From start to finish Chapmans Peak drive will blow the mind of even the most seasoned traveler. The road meanders along as it hugs the rock faces of the back end of Table Mountain just metres above the iconic bay. Photo opportunities and roadside stops are plenty, get ready to make some of the best memories of your trip to the Mother City. You’re unlikely to travel on a more beautiful route anywhere else after which we head back to your accommodation.
Transportation - Round Trip - Pick up and drop off from accommodation , either SUV, 7/12 seater touring van, 20 seater minibus
Drinks - Water - On-board
Food - Snacks - Snack pack filled with South African treats
Entrance Fee / Tickets - Boulders Beach Penguin Colony AND Cape Point National Park
Visit - Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Lighthouse
Pesky Hobbit Craft Gin Tasting
Chapmans Peak Drive Scenic Route
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Food - Lunch on tour - there are multiple options and you will be able to choose on the day
Extra Food - Scone and coffee/tea/juice cost at Scone Shack stop
Transportation - There is a scenic walk up to the Cape Point Lighthouse of 700m which is of moderate difficulty. Alternatively, there is a tram available to the top at an extra cost of R85
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Special clothing required - Warm weather - Wear suitable clothing and shoes for the beach
Special clothing required - Athletic - Bring comfortable walking shoes for visit to Cape Point Lighthouse
If the tour consists of 2-6 PAX we’ll run the tour in X 2 SUV's or 1 X Touring Van
If the tour consists of 7-12 PAX we'll run the tour in 2 X Touring Vans
If the tour consists of 12-20 PAX we'll run the tour in 1 X 22 Mini Bus or 2 X 12 Seater Touring Vans
You will need to cash or a credit card for the entrance to Cape Point (340 ZAR)
Tipping in South Africa: Tipping is not mandatory but everyone in the service industry (waiters, guides etc) earns minimum wage and rely heavily on tips. The general amount is 10% but you do so at your own discretion.
Private Tours available
MINIMUM TO OPERATE
DEADLINE TO BOOK
96 hours prior to the start of the experience
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should we wear?
Anything you're most comfortable in but please be sure to have comfortable walking shoes and flip flops as we will be walking on the beach, climbing over and under boulders for the best penguin viewing. Feel free to bring a swimming costume and towel if you fancy a brave cold dip.
Where will we need cash?
Only at the Scone Shack where a Scone and a Coffee/Tea/Kombucha/Juice will cost about 150 ZAR (~10 USD).
Can I charge my phone in the transportation?
Only in the SUV so rather ensure you come with fully charged cameras and phoned or bring your power banks with
Will the Penguins Bite?
No they won't as long as you don't get too close and intrusive. Trust your guide and let them lead when you're in their environment.
What's the story with lunch?
We choose from a number of different lunch spots depending on the weather all of which can accommodate your dietary requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
The description for this adventure doesn't do it justice, this was an amazing day from start to finish! You get to see penguins, beautiful scenery, various wildlife around Cape Point (ostrich, baboons), and visit this amazing place called the Scone Shack in the middle of nowhere. Everyone I know who took this side trip raved about it and after I went, I understood why. The guide was fantastic and I highly recommend you sign up if you have the chance!
Such a lovely day with Craig! He is a fountain of knowledge on the drives to the different locations, taught us so much about Cape Town and had so much fun playing with the penguins, seeing Cape of Good Hope and finished the day with some delicious fish & chips and Pesky Hobbit gin!
A full day of adventures! We got to see penguins and take lots and lots of pictures. Some of us went for a swim as well (pretty cold water though). Cape of Good Hope was an amaazing scenery & finished the day with some yummy fish and chips & local Cape Town Gin tasting. Couldn't ask for a better day.
Omigooness Penguins! This was a packed day that kept getting better. Yes, go.
This experience is jammed packed with not only penguins, but amazing views and a really great tour guide!