The Table Mountain National Park encompasses the incredibly scenic Table Mountain Chain stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south and the seas and coastline of the peninsula. The narrow finger of land with its beautiful valleys, bays and beaches is surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the warmer waters of False Bay and has within its boundaries two world-renowned landmarks - the majestic Table Mountain and the legendary Cape of Good Hope. We arrive at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel. Visit Seal Island (own account +/- R80) or shop for souvenirs at the craft market at the harbor.
Our tour continues over Chapman's Peak which offers amazing photo opportunities, and onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This area is home to magnificent 'fynbos', many different species of buck and birds, the Cape Mountain Zebra, and mischievous baboons. These creatures entertain guests enjoying lunch at the restaurant which has splendid views of False Bay. Take the funicular (Funicular for own account +/- R70) to the lighthouse for an even better vantage point.
We visit Boulders Beach to see the Jackass (African) penguins (own account +/- R60) before arriving at the naval base of Simonstown, and then we venture inland to our last stop of the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. This is the largest of South Africa's eight National Botanical Gardens and is considered one of the 'Seven Magnificent Botanical Gardens of the World.' Located in the western part of the country in the Cape Town area, it contains a unique collection of southern African plants and includes many rare and endangered species. Cultivated areas filled with fynbos, proteas, cycads and African succulents are divided by rolling lawns, streams and ponds, and winding pathways for easy walking.