Driving down and exploring the Cape Peninsula in South Africa was definitely my most memorable part of our trip. The Cape Peninsula region has SO much to offer from the beautiful drives, national parks, wineries, wildlife and so much more. I have split this post as two parts as there is just that much to share from our trip to the region! This first part covers the drive from our resort in Hout Bay to the Cape of Good Hope Reserve.
A few words about my outfit for the day. There is nothing I love more than a beachy boho little white dress, like this breezy Jen’s Pirate Booty number from Planet Blue.With an exaggerated ruffle, off the shoulder, crochet trim and overall relaxed fit, this dress is the definition of a summer dream! It is made of a lightweight breathable gauzy cotton fabric that is very unique to Jen’s Pirate Booty. I wore the dress with comfy flats and delicate silver jewels to finish the look. I linked to a few more JPB pieces as well as more dresses from Planet Blue that I am loving in the carousel below.
If you are comfortable driving narrow windy roads, you can always rent a car and do this beautiful drive yourself. But Anush and I wanted to have to option of both of us not being behind the wheel so that we can sit back relax and enjoy the views without having to worry about directions haha! And also so that we can drink some vino in the winelands without having to think about who’s going to be designated driver ;). We went with a private tour option with Take 2 Tours. I can’t speak enough of this company! Our guide was amazing, he was extremely knowledgable, took us to all the spots we wanted to and a lot more that only the locals would know of. (FYI – This isn’t a sponsored post, just a heartfelt message as Anush and I seriously had one of the best days ever!)
First off, we drove down the world famous Chapman’s Peak Drive. This spectacular drive on the Atlantic Coast is between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula and has been voted as one of the most beautiful ocean drives in the world. It reminded me a lot of driving down California Highway 1 along Big Sur as well as the Great Ocean Road in Australia. There were stunning views for days at every turnout point. On the way we also passed this vast stretch of beach called Long Beach which was so so long as its name suggests and so gorgeous in every way! If you look real hard the tiny specks you see in the photo below are actually horses! Horse back riding is very popular along this beach. I can only imagine how amazing it would be!
Next we stopped off this beautiful rocky section called Misty Cliffs, I could not get over the blue waters! Sooooo pretty!
While we were at the Cape of Good Hope Reserve we planned to do the short hike between Cape Point to Cape of Good Hope. Words cant describe the magnificent views we were treated to all around on this walk – like the the vast vast beaches (some of the biggest I have ever seen!), arid landscapes that primarly consisted of low lying shrubs and of course the random wildlife sighting like baboons and ostriches which reminded us that after all we were in Africa! It was truly magical. At the half way point between Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope was this super pretty beach called Diaz Beach which was empty ! Its quite a trek down the stairs (and up haha!) but so worth it. It looked so prehistoric and epic, I felt like I was on the sets of a movie, it was really that unreal!
Thanks for stopping by and you can check out my travel guide to the city of Cape town HERE.