A dramatic, cliff-lined coastal and mountainous belt with penguins, quaint cafés, and glorious beaches
Winding along the stunning mountainous coastline from Cape Town to Cape Point, the Cape Peninsula is a stark and breathtaking destination that offers adventure and rich cultural experiences that are guaranteed to please any traveller. The Peninsula is largely made up of Table Mountain National Park, which is part of the UNESCO Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site, and which offers a number of world-class hiking trails, gorgeous beaches, and breathtaking scenery. The area also hosts a scattering of quaint little seaside towns, such as Fishoek and Simon’s Town, where visitors can enjoy the many restaurants and shops to be found.
Walk the Olifantsbos Trail in Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Visit the famous penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town.
Stroll along Diaz Beach in the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Check out the colourful huts on Muizenberg beach.
Ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular through the fynbos to the upper Cape Point Lighthouse.
Visit Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope for incredible views.
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Best time to go to Cape Peninsula
The Cape Peninsula has a Mediterranean climate marked by warm, dry summers and cool, wetter winters. For northern hemisphere visitors, take note that South Africa’s seasons are reversed, so July is the middle of winter, and January is peak summer. The Cape Peninsula experiences most of its rainfall in the winter, from June to August. Although winter can have quite dramatic storms, warm sunny days are not uncommon.
Featured Cape Peninsula stays
21 Nettleton Boutique Hotel & Private Residence
An exclusive clifftop mansion with bespoke style overlooking Cape Town’s Clifton beaches