Cape Peninsula

South Africa

Calling all Cape Crusaders! Chapman’s Peak and the sparkling Atlantic flanking it set the scene for what is arguably one of the most stunning coastal drives in the world. And best of all this takes place in an area known for southern hospitality and laid back attitudes.

Rocky and ultra picturesque, the Cape Peninsula kisses the Atlantic at the most south-western extremity of Africa. At its southern end, the infamous Cape of Good Hope (sometimes incorrectly said to the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean) and Cape Point sit. On the northern extremity, Table Mountain looms large over a cosmopolitan Cape Town and surrounding suburbia. As expected, wildlife abounds and while you won’t see Africa’s Big Five walking the streets, there’s plenty of smaller wildlife and birdlife and you might just catch a glimpse of the ubiquitous monkey population or the rock hyrax, the closest living relative to an elephant.

Postcard perfect, the Cape Peninsula, is known for its unusually rich biodiversity, which includes several different types of Cape Fynbos (a native heath that is endemic to the area). This endemic vegetation forms part of the wider Cape Floral region, a World Heritage site with an estimated 2200 species of plant that you won’t find elsewhere in the world.