Tour the Peninsula with its unspoilt beauty, its magical and rugged coastline, breathtaking winelands and Cape Point, where the two great oceans meet
Cape Town encompasses some of South Africa’s most spectacular scenery and coastline. Well signposted and nicely conditioned roads lead you from beautiful beaches and mountain vistas to the low-lying fynbos fringed roads stretching up the West Coast. The variety of landscapes is unmatched – check out these scenic drives in and around the Mother City.
1. Chapman’s Peak
One of Cape Town’s most loved roads, Chapman’s Peak Drive offers drivers the chance to explore, as well as a convenient route between the city and the Southern Peninsula. The road was literally born out of blasting through the side of Chapman’s Peak and boasts 114 curves as it winds its way above the coast. If you’re looking for remarkable panoramic shots to take home with you then Chapman’s Peak is a must.
Depending on what direction you’re travelling from, your Chapman’s Peak drive can culminate in a nice lazy lunch. Try the Red Herring in Noordhoek if you’ve come from Hout Bay or Mariners Wharf in Hout Bay if you’ve come from the south.
2. The Wine Routes
There are 18 official wine routes in South Africa and the Western Cape region can lay claim to all of them. Not one to forgo quantity in favour of quality, the Cape also offers some of the best wine routes in the world. And unless you’ve been passed out in a barrel for the last 50 years then you’ve probably heard of Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and the like. All of them in the greater Cape Town area, you’ll be met by magnificent scenery and picture book wine farm scenes when you decide to take a drive.
Much like the cheeses and wines you’ll taste, the scenery is full bodied and flavourful. Immerse yourself in the fine winemaking tradition of the Cape and discover the finest wine routes in the world.
Constantia boasts the closest wine farms to Scoot Dr in the city centre (a mere 15km scoot) which coupled with a visit to Kirstenbosch makes for a wonderful day out.
3. The West Coast Flower Route
Time your Cape Town holiday well and you might be lucky enough to experience the West Coast Flower Route in all her blossoming glory. During the months of August and September, the wildflower displays on the Cape West Coast are considered to be among the best in the world.
The West Coast Flower Route is about 100km from Cape Town so make a day of it and go when the sun is shining to see the flowers in their full glory. If you’re not feeling “picnicky” then carry on to Langebaan and the famed Die Strandloper restaurant for a seafood feast or check out the cultural town of Darling – home to South African satire legend and comedian Pieter Dirk-Uys (AKA Tannie Evita).
4. Helshoogte Pass
As Stellenbosch disappears in your rearview mirror and you head to new vineyards in Franschhoek make sure you’re on the Helshoogte Pass. Besides the world class wine farms scattered along the way (including Boschendal, Tokara, Delaire Graaf), this pretty pass offers a convenient and picturesque route between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek/Paarl.
Enjoy towering mountains above and lush valleys below while browsing the wine farms on Helshoogte Pass.
For those seeking adventure further afield, Bain’s Kloof Pass en route to Tulbach is spectacular.
5. Signal Hill
Signal Hill is largely considered to be the “rump” of Lions Head but don’t let that description deter you. It’s a favourite among resident and touring families and serves up the perfect spot for romantic couples looking to end the day with an awesome view, glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand.
The hill is located 350m above ground zero and offers awesome, 360 degree views of the Cape Town city bowl, Table Mountain, Green Point and Robben Island. It’s a great alternative to making the tiresome trek up Lions head and is a must if you have some time to kill.
6. Victoria Rd between Camps Bay & Hout Bay
For many Capetonians Victoria Road is simply the daily commute between work and home but that doesn’t make it any less inspiring. Connecting the lofty seaside villas of Camps Bay and Llandudno and the suburban bliss of Hout Bay via Suikerbossie, Victoria Rd winds its way between the Twelve Apostles and the Atlantic Seaboard.
Combine this short road trip with a visit to the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay or sundowners in one of Camps Bay’s trendy sidewalk cafes.
7. Cape Point Tour
Scoot Dr’s recommendation is an (early start) round trip to Cape Point taking in the best the peninsula has to offer as per the map and recommended highlights:
Cape Town Excursions
Bo Kaap / Malay Quarter
Cape Town Gardens
Castle of Good Hope
District Six Museum
Greenpoint (Stadium, bars and restaurants)
Long Street (bars and restaurants)
South African Museum
Table Mountain (cable car)
Cape Peninsula Excursion
Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony, Simonstown)
Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Chapman’s Peak Drive
Clifton and Camps Bay (beaches)
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Muizenberg (learn to surf!)
Noordhoek (horse riding on the beach!)