South Africa holidays
Get active on this outdoor-orientated tour of the Cape Peninsula. Board your sea kayak at the naval port of Simon's Town which is located on the False Bay coast of the Cape peninsula – the double kayaks are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience. Enjoy the fresh air as you paddle past the civilian and naval harbour and out to Boulders Beach, home to a breeding colony of over 2,000 endangered African penguins. If there is time afterwards, stop on a lovely semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkelling (equipment provided). During the whale season from July to December, the southern right whale frequents Cape Town's shores – a chance to see them in their natural habitat. Enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant (included) before travelling on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve – one of two world-renowned landmarks within the Table Mountain National Park (the other is Table Mountain). The Cape of Good Hope functioned as something of a beacon for sailors for years and is still widely referred to as 'The Cape' by seafarers. Most visitors to Cape Town regard a trip to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point (the tip of the Cape Peninsula) as essential. The scenery is absolutely stunning, made more remarkable by the fact that it is within a stone's throw of South Africa's most populous city. This part of the park is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, bucks, baboons and Cape mountain zebras. There are numerous picnic spots, paths to explore on foot or by mountain bike, and tidal pools on almost isolated beaches. Enjoy the breathtaking views from Cape Point lighthouse and travel to the most south-westerly point of Africa. In the late afternoon, drive along the coastal route via Noordhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive, Hout Bay and the Atlantic seaboard and take in the exceptional scenery.