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Cape Town sightseeing tours
scenic highlights of the Cape Peninsula

Cape Town sightseeing by car or bus is a great way to enjoy the incredibly beautiful drives around Cape Town and itssurroundings, each one more scenic than the other.


It is a pity though that so many overseas visitors are uneasy about driving in South Africa, especially from those countries where they drive on the right hand side of the road.

Besides hiring a car and making your own way and exploring at your own leisure, there are of course other ways and means to get around the Cape Peninsula, such as a large variety of day-tours and the very popular Cape Town hop-on hop-off open-top sight-seeing bus.

If your stay is very short and you have for only one opportunity for a drive to take in some of the many sights and views, then it might be good idea to devote the time you have, if possible a whole day, to the circular Peninsula route.

The highly popular Cape Town hop-on hop-off open top sightseeing bus - Cape Town Sightseeing Highlights of the Cape Peninsula South Africa
The highly popular Cape Town hop-on hop-off open top sightseeing bus
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That way you at least get to see the major "must have seen" attractions like Signal Hill, Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Chapman's Peak drive, Noordhoek, Cape of Good Hope nature reserve, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point on the western side of the Peninsula.

On the way back to Cape Town taking the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula, you will see Buffels Bay, Simon's Town, Fishhoek Bay, Boyes Drive and Muizenberg. Of course you can adjust the itinerary anyway you want to, depending on your preferences.

One of the stunning views from Chapman's Peak drive - Cape Town Sightseeing Highlights of the Cape Peninsula South Africa
One of the stunning views from Chapman's Peak drive
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The following are only but a few examples of the top scenic drives in and around cape Town:

Signal Hill

Flanking the Table Mountain at its western side, Signal Hill was used to communicate weather warnings, anchoring instructions and the precise 1.00 PM Cape mean time to the ships in the harbour. Still firing what is known as its noon gun every day at 1 o'clock, Signal Hill is probably the best drive to view Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront, central Cape Town and Table Mountain.

The narrow winding road taking you up the hill provides different vantage points from which you can view the imposing facades of Table mountain and Devil's peak and enjoy the night lights of Cape Town.

View of Table Bay and Cape Town harbour taken from Signal Hill - Cape Town Sightseeing Highlights of the Cape Peninsula South Africa
View of Table Bay and Cape Town harbour taken from Signal Hill
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Cape Town to Hout Bay

Starting at the V&A waterfront, Beach road will take you past the new Cape Town Stadium, Green Point, Sea Point, Mouille Point, Anchor Bay and Clifton to Camps Bay, offering awesome coastal scenery and stunning sea views. From Camps Bay the route continues past Llandudno to Hout Bay.

Perfect place for a stop is Fisherman's Warf restaurant at Hout bay, a fantastic and very popular seafood restaurant, offering wonderful views of the picturesque fishing harbour and pearly white beach while enjoying the delicious food. Walk up the long pier and delight in the fishing vessels, catamarans and yachts, the harbour and its activity and the beach and mountain scenery.

View across Hout Bay with the town of Hout Bay in the distance taken from Chapman's Peak drive - Cape Town Sightseeing Highlights of the Cape Peninsula South Africa
View across Hout Bay to the town of Hout Bay in the distance from Chapman's Peak drive
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Chapman's Peak Drive

Continuing from Hout Bay on your way to Cape Point your first encounter is one of the most awe-inspiring scenic drives in South Africa and in fact world-wide. Linking the towns of Hout Bay and Noordhoek Chapman's Peak drive offers without doubt some of the most spectacular views of the whole of the Cape Peninsula.

View of the beautiful Noordhoek beach from Chapman's Peak drive - Cape Town Sightseeing Highlights of the Cape Peninsula South Africa
View of the beautiful Noordhoek beach from Chapman's Peak drive
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Driving south towards Noordhoek and Cape Point the left side of the road is Chapman's Peak and on the other side there is an almost vertical rocky drop to the Atlantic Ocean, so steep and deep, it takes your breath away. The 9 km of road with its 114 curves is literally carved out of the side of Chapman's Peak, winding its way along the coast in a most spectacular way.






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