Cape Peninsula Photo Tour in South Africa

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Before we started our overland trip towards Cairo, we flew into Cape Town, South Africa and spent a week catching up on life, recovering from 2 amazing weeks in Ireland and preparing ourselves for the next 4 months of travel through Africa. It also gave us an opportunity to check out some of the Cape Peninsula and explore Cape Town.

We wanted to see the dramatic coastlines that have made South Africa famous and we wanted a chance to observe the African Penguin (formerly known as the Jackass Penguin) in the only habitat they exist in the World. So we teamed up with Viator for a day out and an adventure we will always remember fondly from South Africa.

The Viator tour we did was Cape Town Shore Excursion: Cape Peninsula Tour.  Take the ‘scenic route’ during 8-hour shore excursion discovering the wildlife, landscapes and charming towns of the Cape Peninsula. Drive along the coast, passing through postcard-perfect areas like Camps Bay, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Beach, and more, stopping to see local wildlife, charming fishing villages, and wind-swept beaches.

Check out: Where to Eat in Cape Town South Africa – A Cape Town Food Guide


Hout Bay

Hout Bay Cape Peninsula South Africa
Hout Bay overlook

The morning we headed out from Cape Town was decent with low hanging fog, which is characteristic of the early mornings in this city. While it wasn’t raining, and we were happy for that, it completely blocked our view of the coast making the morning ride to Hout Bay very uneventful. It wasn’t until we rounded the corner of the bay that we saw clear views of the coast.

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Hout Bay Cape Peninsula South Africa
Hout Bay from scenic overlook

Duiker Island

The main attraction of Hout Bay is a boat trip out to the uninhabited Duiker Island to observe a colony of Cape Fur Seals. This particular species of seal is endemic to South Africa and the islands they live on are protected. We lucked out with semi-calm seas, which meant we enjoyed some up-close views of the colony.

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Duiker Island Hout Bay

Cape of Good Hope

While not the southernmost point of the African continent, it does hold the title of the most southwestern point.  Our day continued to get better and it afforded us clear views as far as we could see the ocean touching the sky.

Looking for more adventures in South Africa check out: Cape Town to Nairobi- Must Have Adventures

Cape of Good Hope South Africa
Loads of birds at the Cape of Good Hope

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After visiting the Cape of Good Hope, we headed to the nature reserve for a hike up to the lighthouse and scenic overlook views of the entire Cape peninsula. The walk was steep but short and 100% worth the effort.

You can’t really beat views like this when you are traveling. We also had a chance to see some of the local wildlife including mongoose, lizards and the notorious baboons.

Cape Peninsula South Africa
Views from the trail

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Cape Peninsula South Africa Mongoose
Mongoose on the trail

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Cape Peninsula South Africa Baboon
Baboon with stolen tomato

Simons Town and Boulder Beach

The highlight of the tour was, without a doubt, a stop at Simons Town and a visit to Boulders Beach. This is the only place in the Cape Peninsula where you can get up close to the famous little African Jackass Penguins.

These little guys are born here and while they may do some traveling, they always return to reproduce and nest. They love basking in the sun and going for a swim in the beautiful coastal waters.

Don’t leave home without: Lonely Planet Southern Africa (Travel Guide). 

Simons Town Boulder Beach African Jackass Penguin
African Jackass Penguin peeking over the grass

They have the whole place to themselves and are undisturbed by the people that come to visit them on the wood viewing platform above the beach. Nobody is allowed on the beach, just on the platforms.

This maintains the wild environment for the penguins and allows us to get close enough for photos. Without a doubt a highlight during our trip to Africa.

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African Jackass Penguin Boulder Beach South Africa
The penguins with their afternoon audience

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Boulder Beach South Africa African Jackass Penguins
The shot everyone hopes for at Boulder Beach

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Rounding out our busy day was a visit to the Kirstenbosch Gardens outside of Cape Town. These gardens cover a massive amount of land and have the backdrop of Table Mountain to entice you during your visit.

The gardens house plants and trees from all over the globe and walking along the paths is a relaxing way to finish off any busy day of touring in the Cape Peninsula.

Kirstenbosch Gardens Cape Town South Africa
Mountain backdrops at Kirstenbosch Garden

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Don’t leave home without: Lonely Planet Southern Africa (Travel Guide). 

Kirstenbosch Garden South Africa
Tree lined walkways

The Cape Peninsula

The Cape peninsula offers many dramatic views with diverse wildlife opportunities that shouldn’t be missed on a visit to Cape Town, South Africa.

No matter how you choose to experience this beautiful part of the world, be sure to include a hike in the Cape Nature Reserve and a visit to Boulders Beach in Simons Town. They’ll leave you talking about your trip for many years to come.

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About Lina Stock

Lina is an award-winning photographer and writer that has been exploring the world since 2001. She has traveled to 100 countries on all 7 continents. Member: SATW, NATJA, ATTA, ITWA



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3 thoughts on “Cape Peninsula Photo Tour in South Africa”

  1. Thanks for the post. Cape of good hope is a place full of history and recommended for nature lovers for watching white sharks and seals. In next year we wold visit this last corner of Africa.greetings and congratulations for the blog

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