The Cape Peninsula forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and is one of the most popular tour destinations in the Western Cape. It is well worth a visit.
Information, maps and Wild Card passes are obtainable at the entrance of the Peninsula Nature Reserve. Overnight parking is provided for hikers who have pre-arranged to make use of the various Peninsula trails and overnight huts.
The reserve contains a wide variety of wildlife, such as rare zebra, buck, ostrich and baboons.
There are over 250 bird species and 1000 species of plants in the reserve, a large number of which are only to be found in this region. Artifacts utilized by early man have been discovered, dating back to the early Stone Age (600,000 years)
You'll find picnic spots, rugged cliffs and sea caves, as well as a funicular ride to the view site at Cape Point where you can get refreshments. The traditional meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans is said to be here.
Once out of the Cape Peninsula Nature Reserve as you drive towards Kommetjie you'll pass through Scarborough the isolated Atlantic fishing village which has been transformed into a popular rural retirement venue and secluded holiday destination set in outstanding scenery.
Be sure to also spend some time in Simon's Town. You'll enjoy the atmosphere of this quaint seaside village coupled with a Naval Base and traditional fishing harbour. It was originally named after the first governor of the Cape, Simon van de Stel and used as anchorage by the Dutch East India Company. It was occupied by British settlers in 1814.
The South African Navy eventually took over Simon's Town in 1957 but the town still retains elements of the colonial British influence. It is now considered to be one of the historic gems of the Cape False Bay coastline. Plenty to see and do from the "Scratch Patch" at the local gemstone factory, to the well known toy museum. You can even take an organised cruise around the Naval dockyard.