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Accommodation in the Cape Peninsula – Cape Peninsula Accommodation

Table Mountain is the best known landmark of the Cape Peninsula and towers majestically above Cape Town and its harbour.  The far southern seabord remains wild and  unspoilt. The Cape of Good Hope Reserve is the home to a host of baboon troops and one of the worlds’ sites with the greatest variety of fynbos and flora. Cape Point is the southern most point of the peninsula, but not of South Africa; Cape Aghulas is.

The Cape of Storms is not called that for nothing.  This turbulence and extreme weather is caused by the warm Aghulas current from the east meeting the cold Benguela current from the western side of the African continent, resulting in violent storms and compounded by thick mists. Another effect is caused by the interaction of coast and currents called ‘killer waves’. Waves pile up on the rocky false bay shoal and increase in size sometimes causing ‘freak waves’ many meters high. Surfing is especially good during the winter months right around the peninsula.

The eastern seaboard is called False Bay where many unsuspecting ships have sunk and where it got its name.  Simon’s Town is our naval base. Fishhoek, St James and Kalk Bay have quaint older buildings and shops for the discerning shopper. Muizenburg has a lovely beach with warmer water. Groot Constantia, home of the Dutch colonial governor, with its graceful architecture, restaurants, and wine museum, is now an attraction for tourist and locals alike.

Chapman’s Peak is a spectacular 10 kilometer drive along the coastline from Kommetjie to Hout Bay, over Llandudno, Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Sea Point to Cape Town.

Kirstenbosch Gardens is a feast for the eye with its hundreds of thousands of different plant species, especially indigenous ‘fynbos’ (heather), proteas, pincushions, ericas, disas, ferns, ‘vygies’ (mesembryanthemums), pelargoniums, leucadendrons, cacti, succulents, cycads, orchids, bulbs and grasses. Summer-time is Summer concert time at Kirstenbosch Gardens featuring our local musical talent. The Cape Sugar bird is found nowhere else in the world.  Without proteas there would be no sugar birds.

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