Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and without a trip around the peninsular the real beauty of the Mother City cannot be truly explored. If you are a visitor to South Africa, you’ll be blown away by the sights you see along the coast, and if you are a South African visiting Cape Town or a local, you’ll be reminded why you call this country your home.
Although many touring companies offer great tours around the Cape Peninsula, being able to drive yourself in a private vehicle is the best way to explore. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the world, and being able to stop off where your heart desires will be the most fulfilling way of seeing it. Not only will you be able to visit places that interest you but you’ll be able to take your time exploring, stopping off for a couple of days at one place before driving to the next beautiful location. If you are from out of town, hiring a car will enable you to tour this part of Cape Town.
Airport car hire allows tourists to get keys to their own vehicles immediately after they’ve arrived in the Mother City. After a lengthy flight, tired travellers want nothing else but to get to their destination: by hiring a car they’ll be able to drive themselves to their hotels and quickly settle in before embarking on explorations. At Cape Town Airport, car hire can be found quite easily and you’ll also be given you assistance in finding your accommodation and given advice to where you should visit whilst on your stay.
As soon as you’ve got your wheels you can head out and go exploring. Once you’ve made it out of the city you’ll find your way around the peninsula quite easily as a single coast road can be followed. Drive in the direction of the sea and along the coast and you’ll be sure to get around without any hiccups. If you do find yourself lost, consult that handy map book that you brought at Cape Town airport; car rentals are usually equipped with travel guides though.
Places around the Cape Peninsula that you simply cannot miss include Kalk Bay, Simonstown, Cape Point, Noord Hoek, Hout Bay, and Camps Bay. Along the way, you’ll find yourself stopping at picnic lookout points and strolling through towns in search of an ice-cream. It’s a good idea to set aside a couple of days to get around the Peninsula. Although it only takes a couple of hours to drive being able to spend a couple of days relaxing in several places will allow you to completely unwind and experience everything on offer.
Your first stop off around the peninsula is Kalk Bay where you might want to spend a night. Here you’ll be able to watch the fishermen at the Harbour and enjoy the quaint seaside nature of the town. Kalk Bay has become famous amongst locals for its local restaurant and pub, the Brass Bell as well as the incredible pastries sold at the Olympia Cafe. Once you’re strolled through the town, visited the antique shops and sat by the harbour, you’ll be ready to move on to Simonstown. This is one of Cape Town’s oldest towns, with the navy making base here over a century ago. Here, you’ll be enchanted by the boutiques and cafes on the main road, can spend an entire day at Boulders Beach watching the African Jackass Penguins, and will enjoy dinner overlooking the marina before heading to bed at a hotel with a fantastic view of False Bay.
Day trips to Cape Point are usually the best way to see the reserve as besides looking at the beautiful scenery and wildlife, there’s very little to do. If you are a tourist who’s seeking out tranquillity, renting out one of the self-catering cottages might be perfect for you. If not, continue on the road along the fence of the park, drive through Scarborough and follow the road until you land in Noord Hoek.
Staying the night in Noord Hoek will allow you a sunset stroll on Long Beach before heading to Monkey Valley Restaurants for the most delicious supper found in the Valley. This is also a truly beautiful place to spend a night, however many B&B’s can also be found in the small town. The next day, get back into your rental car, enjoy the views from the historical Chapman’s Peak Drive, and spend the morning exploring the harbour markets in Hout Bay. Then drive over Suikkerbossie over to Llundundo, where you can either drive down to the beach of carry on towards Camps Bay.
Camps Bay is one of Cape Town’s most famous and loved beaches. Staying a night here will be pricey, however you’ll witness a beautiful sunset and enjoy the trendy cosmopolitan vibe on the beach front. Here, you’ll find some of Cape Town’s best bars and clubs, however if you’d prefer a quiet meal you can be sure to find a restaurant to suit your tastes. Next is your quick drive back into town, marking the end of your Peninsula trip in Cape Town. Airport car hire however has no time limit for vacations, allowing you spend a couple more weeks exploring other areas in the Western Cape before catching a plane home.
Exploring the Cape Peninsula is an absolute must for any tourist, and thanks to car hire anyone visiting can ensure that they’re in charge of their own adventures around Cape Town. Airport car hire is convenient and enables you to explore the Cape in your own time, stopping off where suits you along the way and ensuring you have an unforgettable Cape Town vacation.