While in Cape Town, Drew and I made it a priority to visit Boulders Beach where African penguins reside and the Cape of Good Hope to see the most south-western point of the African continent. These spots are about a 45 minute drive from Cape Town and we made a half-day trip. However, we could have easily spent more time in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Preserve and we encourage you to!
We started at Boulders Beach, part of Table Mountain National Park. Instead of venturing onto the beach, we utilized the boardwalk at Foxy Beach overlooking the penguins. From this vantage point, we were able to see penguins nesting, protecting eggs and baby chicks, and penguins mates grooming themselves and each other. We spent about 20 minutes observing the penguins before we hopped in the car to head over to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Preserve.
The scenic views on the drive to the Cape of Good Hope are incredible. But the Cape of Good Hope Nature Preserve is stunning–from the plains filled with wild ostrich and baboons to the seaside cliffs, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Preserve is breathtaking. We entered the park and drove straight to the most south-western point of the African continent sign for a photo op.
From there, we journeyed to the Flying Dutchman Funicular to see the famous Cape Point Lighthouse and to enjoy the beautiful views and breeze. We only wish we had more time there! Hiking trails seemed plentiful, but I was in a dress and flip flops…not the best attire for hiking. Plus, we were hoping to catch our first ever rugby match in Cape Town later that afternoon, so we called it quits early…but not until we marveled at the natural beauty one last time.