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Cape Town: Penguin Watching at Boulders Beach Half Day Tour

1. Cape Town: Penguin Watching at Boulders Beach Half Day Tour

The tour departs Cape Town and heads to the first stop of the day, Maidens Cove. From here, admire stunning views across the Atlantic seaboard as well as marveling at the imposing Twelve Apostles Mountain range. The tour continues along Chapmans Peak Drive, rated one of the best mountain drives in the world. Along the way, stop at a selection of lookouts that provide unspoiled views of Noordhoek beach. Arrive at Boulders Beach and learn about the friendly African Jackass Penguins that call the beach their home. Although the penguins roam freely on the beach and are comfortable being near humans, they are protected animals and visitors are not permitted to touch or feed them. Admire the penguins from a designated viewing point, and observe these creatures as they go about their day. Enjoy some free time to relax on the beach, take a swim in the refreshing waters, or explore the surrounding landscpaes. The tour ends with a visit to Boyes Drive, a spectacular mountain road overlooking the stunning view of False Bay coast.

Cape Town: E-Bike Cape Peninsula Tour

2. Cape Town: E-Bike Cape Peninsula Tour

After a short safety briefing, you will begin riding south to the Cape of Good Hope. This area is a world-renowned landmark, and contains monuments in honor of two of the world's most famous explorers: Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias. On your way, observe over 250 species of birds, baboons, ostriches, bucks, and the Cape Mountain Zebra. You will then head to Cape Point where you will get off your bike to travel to the lighthouse, where you will have some leisure time and eventually lunch at a local restaurant (not included). Once you’ve made the most of Cape Point, you will ride your bike back north to where you started to get back in the vehicle for the last attraction of the day. You will have the option to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach in the charming coastal town of Simon’s Town. There you will be able to observe them coming back from the ocean, basking on the beach, or just resting in their nest, from a non-intrusive platform above the floor.

Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

3. Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

After a 6:00 AM pickup from your hotel in Cape Town or the surroundings, you'll proceed along the Atlantic Seaboard where you can admire mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Stop at the Maiden's Cover for a photo opportunity with a backdrop of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Passing through Clifton, Camps Bay, Llundadno, and Hout Bay. Stop for photos on one of the world's most scenic routes, Chapman's Peak drive. Next, stop at Boulder's penguin colony to visit these enchanting creatures. Watch as these adorable birds play and frolic in the ocean. Your final destination will be the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve for a guided tour and a photo stop at this very popular landmark. From there, you'll travel to Cape Point, where you can hike to the top of the lighthouse (or take the funicular). At 10:30 AM arrive at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island where you will take the 11:00 AM boat trip to Robben Island for a prison tour. On the island, an ex-prisoner will be your guide and take you through the prison. See the cell where Nelson Mandela spent so many years. Upon return from the island at approximately 3:00 PM, your guide will be waiting for you again at the clock tower to transfer you back to your hotel.

Cape of Good Hope: Sightseeing and African Penguins Tour

4. Cape of Good Hope: Sightseeing and African Penguins Tour

Marvel at the spectacular views from one of the world's most scenic drives, Chapman's Peak. Look out for African Penguins at Boulders Beach in Simonstown, as you enjoy the splendor of Victorian-era buildings. Get the camera at the ready as you stop at Maiden's Cove, famous for its incredible views of the Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay, and the twinkling Atlantic Ocean. Take an optional boat ride out to Seal Island, and enjoy the chance to hunt for souvenirs in the local market. Relax afterward over the best-roasted coffee in Cape Town, at Noordhoek Farm. Keep an eye out for wildlife at the World-Heritage-listed nature reserve of the Cape of Good Hope, known for its rich bio-diversity.

Cape Peninsula & Boulders Beach Private Day Tour

5. Cape Peninsula & Boulders Beach Private Day Tour

First, make a quick stop in the heart of Cape Town city center to discover the colorful community known as Bo-kaap. Then, head straight for the coastline. Pass by affluent suburbs with some of the best beaches near the city, stopping for photos at Camps Bay. Proceed on towards Hout Bay seated in between gigantic mountains and the Atlantic.  Enjoy an optional scenic 40-minute round-trip boat ride to Seal Island. Resume your tour via the world-famous Chapman's Peak Drive. Marvel at this road engineering feat as you wind over the edge of the mountains; this scenic drive is not for the faint-hearted. Next, arrive at the Cape of Goodhope Nature Reserve just after midday. Discover the rich plant life of the Cape, early human history, maritime history and if you are lucky you might be able to have a mini safari.  Reach the southwesternmost point of the continent - the Cape of Good Hope - and take a photo with the sign. Hiking is recommended but no swimming because of sheer riptides. Carry on to Cape Point and walk for 20 minutes one way up to a historic lighthouse. You could also take a funicular at your own account if you are not in the mood for walking. Feel free to stop for lunch at the world-class seafood restaurant with a sea view or grab a quick bite in the food shop next door. Next, embark on a journey to Simon's Town for a special date with the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach. Spend about 45 minutes at the penguin colony before you head back to Cape Town along the coastline. Pass through the quaint towns on this historically known Millionaire's Mile. Hear fun facts about the navy and Just Nuisance - the only dog in the world to have been an able seaman. Finally, discover Kalk Bay and Muizenberg Beach, the surfer's corner before returning to the starting point.

From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Full-Day Guided Tour

6. From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Full-Day Guided Tour

Get set for a full-day shared or private guided tour around the Cape Peninsula. Visit must-see spots such as Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Chap Mans Peak, Simon's Town, the Cape of Good Hope, and so much for. The tour starts off with pickup at Cape Town hotels. The first stop of the tour is Camps Bay, known for its fine white sand, natural rock swimming pools, and views of the Twelve Apostles Mountains. Next, move on along the coastline and find yourself at Hout Bay situated in a valley on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula. After, prepare for a beautiful drive in Cape Town similar to a drive along the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Spot scenic ocean views as you travel. Then, visit the Cape of Good Hope, the southernmost point of the African Continent. Take a funicular to the Cape Point Lighthouse and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean. Later, head to Penguins Colony at Simon’s Town where you can view black-footed penguins (South African penguins) in their natural habitat. A stop at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens that lies at the eastern foot of Table Mountain may be an option if time allows.

Cape Town: Halfday African Penguin tour

7. Cape Town: Halfday African Penguin tour

See the world-famous beauty of the Mother City as you drive through Cape Town and its surrounding area on this guided tour. Visit historic sites like Bo-Kaap, visit Maiden’s Cove, see African Penguins at Boulder’s Beach, and more. After being picked up, your first destination will be the colorful area of historic Bo-Kaap. These brightly colored houses represent the freedom of the slaves who settled there. Once you’ve taken your full of photos there, the next stop will be the majestic Maiden’s Cove, known as millionaire’s paradise. You’ll understand why: a tidal pool with mountains on one side and the ocean on the other make it a one-in-a-million location.  From there, pass over the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the top ten scenic drives in the world. 6 miles in length and with about 114 curves, it's the perfect place to stop for photos of the surrounding area, with magnificent ocean views. From there, it's through the charming town of Noordhoek. Known for its excellent coffee, there are also souvenir shops, cafes, and a bakery for those with a sweet tooth.  Finally, you’ll arrive at Boulder’s Beach, likely filled to the brim with its cute inhabitants – African Penguins! 

From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Private Tour & Penguin Colony

8. From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Private Tour & Penguin Colony

Start the tour with a morning walk in the Bo-Kaap along its cobbled stone streets and admire the colourfully painted houses. Pass by Camps Bay along the Atlantic Seaboard with a stop off at Maiden's Cove for photo opportunities and take a quick dip in the tidal pool. Join a thrilling boat cruise in Hout Bay to Duiker Island, and enjoy watching thousands of Cape fur seals. Or, take a stroll around the mariner wharf and African market in Hout Bay. Enjoy a mountain drive that winds through the world-famous Chapman's Peak and admire the breathtaking views with a refreshing drink and snack. Grab a take-away drink and browse the stalls in Noordhoek Farm Village or taste wine at a nearby winery with optional pairings like wine and freshly shucked oysters. Explore Cape Point and the old lighthouse with a choice of climbing a few steps or take it easy with a ride in the Flying Dutchman funicular railway that transfers visitors to the top. Discover attractive fishing villages along the way, and spend some time watching the African Penguins at Boulders Beach. End off with a coastal drive along False Bay with a quick stop to Kalk Bay harbor and St James to see the painted Victorian beach huts.

Cape Town: Best of the Cape Private Tour

9. Cape Town: Best of the Cape Private Tour

Discover the area's many gems with your guide: from the Blue Flag beaches of Camps Bay to beautiful Cape Point, and from the scenic coastal route to the area's award-winning wine estates. View the 12 Apostles, a beautiful range of 12 mountains including the western back view of the Table Mountain. Explore Camps Bay beach, Cape Town’s own version of St. Tropez in France, and marvel at the view of the most beautiful and expensive seaside residential area in South Africa. Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive and photo stop along the picturesque coastal route. Visit the tip of Africa, the most south-western point of the African continent, formerly known as the Cape of Storms. Take a funicular up to Cape Point and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the lighthouse and Boulders Beach, one of only two places in Africa where you can view the African Jack Ass Penguins in their natural habitat. Explore the world-famous Cape Winelands, and visit Stellenbosch the Wine capital of South Africa. Enjoy the scenic views of green valleys, spectacular mountains, beautiful vineyards, and enjoy their fine cuisine. Make your choice of two vineyards to visit, and taste up to ten different types of wine, perhaps even paired with other delicacies.

Stellenbosch: Private Magical Cape Peninsula Tour

10. Stellenbosch: Private Magical Cape Peninsula Tour

After being collected from your Cape Town accommodation, you will begin your experience touring the magical Cape Point on a private tour. You will begin with a scenic drive to the cape, throughout which you will discover the spectacular Cape Peninsula coastline. Taking a coastal road from Stellenbosch or Cape Town to Muizenberg, you will drive through Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek, and Simon’s Town, all of which are full of history and culture. You'll then visit Boulders Beach and its local African penguin colony. You'll see wildlife and endemic flora of the most diverse floral kingdom in the world at the Cape of Good Hope Reserve. Cape Point is Africa's most south-westerly point, and it will be from there that you take the famous Chapman's Peak Drive along the Peninsula Coast. You'll finally drive through Cape Town's central business district, before being returned to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Simon's Town

Our guides, Wellington and Edward, we so professional and caring. They coordinated the group, made allowances for what started as a rainy day but got better with time. We had the best time ever and learnt so much about every bit of the beautiful vista we saw on the way and at our stops. The e-bikes were good and we became confident quickly with their guidance and safety tips. Of course we had many laughs along the way!! Cheers to this exceptional team and thanks for an unforgettable and breathtaking tour! It’s highly recommended!!

This was an amazing tour!!! Walking amongst the penguins was so much fun!!! They are the most unique little creatures!!! And they sound like a donkey!!! Lol…. I am so pleased to have added them into my itinerary!!! 5 stars from me!!!

Jean Luc our guide was excellent, he gave brilliant commentary and insight into all of the areas we passed by…. And we got to the beach to see the penguins nice and early so missed the crowds Fantastic trip

Fantastic day out which was made all the better by our knowledgebable and entertaining guide Mark! Full value for money and a real bucket list activity that I would recommend to everybody.

Honestly this is a must do whilst in Cape Town, our guide Wellington, he made the tour a special one, this is something you look back at and think wow yes that was so amazing