Cape Peninsula, located at the very tip of the continent, directly south from Cape Town, is one of the most beautiful peninsulas in the world and can be explored in a day. Purists will insist that it's not actually the most southern point of South Africa (that title goes to Cape Agulhas). Nonetheless, it's still well worth the detour.
Cape Peninsula has everything you need for an exciting day. Start at Muizenberg Beach, with its typical, colorful houses, where you can rent surfboards or take surfing lessons. Continue a few miles further to Boulders Beach, a well-maintained nature reserve, to observe Cape penguins. Not far from Boulders Beach, Simon's Town is the perfect spot for a seaside stroll. You can also rent a kayak here and paddle out to catch a glimpse of the penguins. Stop by the Hout Bay port or the fishing village of Kalk Bay (located between Muizenberg and Fish Hoek) for fish and chips in a local restaurant.
As you continue down the peninsula, you'll reach the Cape of Good Hope, which is home to one of the country's most beautiful national parks, with over 250 species of birds and other animals, including antelopes, mountain zebras, ostriches, and baboons. Then, climb to the top of the first lighthouse in Cape Point for a breathtaking view of the Cape of Good Hope.
This park is also known for its beautiful biking and walking trails. There's no better way to start or end this day than by renting a car, motorcycle, or bicycle to complete the iconic Chapman's Peak Drive. This nearly 5.6-mile road, nestled between the ocean and the mountains, offers fabulous views, especially during sunset.See more