Bloubergstrand, located between the foot of the Blouberg and the Atlantic Ocean, is renowned for its stunning view across Table Bay to Table Mountain. This is where the famous picture postcard view of Cape Town and Table Mountain can be enjoyed. The name Blouberg has its origins from the fact that the Mountain (Blouberg - not Table Mountain as often missunderstood) appears in a blue color when viewed from the ships approaching Cape Town harbour. Well worth visiting are the long white sandy beaches covering the Atlantic coast from Table View through Bloubergrant, Bloubergstrand, Big Bay right to Melkbosstrand, which invite for long walks on the beaches and are the ideal spot for kite surfers and watersport fans. Especially on weekends is this the hot spot for kite surfers, offering them one of the best kite surfing beaches in the world. Although some brave swimmers are occassionaly seen in the water, some protected by wet suites, the water is unfortunately at a steady temperature of 14 degree, which is rather cold for swimming.
Blouberg is only a mere 15 minutes drive from Cape Town. Along Beach Boulevard in Blouberg is plenty of parking and a wide choice of Restaurants with local sea food, steaks, pizza and pasta and asian food. Those who haven't been to Cape Town for a while will not recognize this area. New housing, boutique and large shopping centres, a world class hospital and many new businesses have enriched the area over the past view years.
Directly in front of the beach, appr. 8km from the shore line lies Robben Island, for hundreds of years a prison Island and also the place where Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners have been held for more than a quater decade during the dark years of apartheid. Today Robben Island.
The ideal location to explore Cape Town and its surrounding areas
Blouberg is ideal located to explore the many attractions Cape Town offers, to Cape Point or the Cape Winelands or to make day trips along the Cape West Coast, renowned for its stunning wild flowers during spring.
Hop on and hop off where ever you desire. Two routes are on offer, frequented by a number of double story buses:
Feel the sun and the wind blowing through your hair while enjoying the numerous attractions Cape Town has to offer from the roof of a double story bus, which you can leave at anyone of the stations, to explore what is on offer and get back on the next bus.
There are two routes, the one takes you through the city to Table Mountain and Camps Bay (our favorite) and the other one, the lounger route takes you around the Atlantic Seaboard, to Hout Bay, the World of Birds and back past the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. The best place to join the route is from the V&A Waterfront, right oposite the parking at the Two Oceans Aquarium (another favorite).
Table Mountain - the landmark of CapeTown
Table Mountain lies on the southwestern tip of Africa - in Cape Town. It is Cape Towns renowned and most visited land mark attraction.
the V&A Waterfront has a magnetic influence on the City of Cape Town. At the beginning of the nineties, it attracted numerious visitors and business men and made it rightfully the most safest place in South Africa. 270 businesses, over 50 restaurants and „Take-Aways“, 10 pubs, 7 hotels, 11 cinema, 6 museums, hundreds of office space, luxuriöse houses and apartments at the yachting port north the Victoria Wharf and at the new Basin - the flair of a port makes this area northwest for the actual city center one of the main attractions in South Africa.
Kirstenboch Botani garden
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden extends at the east slopes of Table Mountain and was established in 1913 by the Botaniker Henry Pearson. The Botanical Garden of Kirstenbosch is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. You will find a unique landscape on the eastern side of Table Mountain with views of False Bay and the Cape Flats. The back of Table Mountain with mountain views round of a visit to Kirstenbosch.
Robben Island lies appr. 12km from the shoreline in the Atlantic Ocean. During the time of the dutchmen the island was used mainly as a prison. From 1846-1931 the island accommodated a hospital for leprosy patients and chronically ill patient. A historical cemetery is present on the island. During the 2nd world war (1939-1945) the island was a training and a defense station. In the year 1961 it was converted into a safety prison. African and Muslim leaders, Dutch and British soldiers, civilians and even women were on the island. South Africa's first democratic president, Nelson Mandela and the founder the African congress, Robert Sobukwe, belong to the well-known political prisoners, which have been held on Robben Island. The last political prisoner was released in 1991.
Straende, Wein & Natur
With the palm promenade, white sandy beaches and majestic mountains in the background, this holiday location became fast one of the most popular destinations in the region of Cape Town. Restaurants, cafes and hotels form the center of Camps Bay. Here visitors from around the world meet and enjoy their vacation. In a small road leading to Bakoven lies the famous "Theatre on the Bay" which is always worth a performance.
The white and fantastic sandy beach lining the coast of Llandudno can be reached by means of a small sand raod from the parking area. This has the advantage that one remains exempted from the noise of daily life and can enjoy the beauty of the beach. The unofficial FKK beach „Sandy Bay “ is close by.
Hout Bay lies north of Camps Bay/Llandudno and has a unique, picturesque setting, which you reach on one of the most beautiful coastal roads of the world. Whether you take the road during the day or at sunset - it will be for you a lasting experience.
The island „Seal Island “is a seal and furr island near Cape Town. Many native sea-birds breed on this small island. From Kalkbay you can reach fast the island. Boat trips are offered daily in the morning from Hout Bay Harbour. Beside the seals you find on the island many native sea-birds and may encounter a great white shark, which finds plenty of food here - a reason, why it attacks humans very rarely. Seals taste to him outstanding and are an easy catch.
Chapman's peak drive
The Chapman's peak drive in Cape Town is considered as one of the most spectacular coastal roads in South Africa and can be reached driving from Cape Town through Camps Bay and Hout Bay. The road will lead you directly to Chapman's peak drive and once past Chapmans's peak drive further down to Cape Point.
A trip to Cape Point (also known as the Cape of Good Hope) is an absolute must while visiting Cape Town. Cape Point is about a 1.5 hours drive from Cape Town and can be reached either via Muizenberg or the Chapman's peak drive. Cape POINT - southernmost point of Africa!? - The really southernmost point of Africa is further approx. 150 km, in southeast direction and home to the tranquil little town of Cape L'Agulhas (a visit worth, not only to say you have been there!). This is also the location where the two world oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic Ocean meet.
Simon's Town - False Bay - South Africa penguins
Simon's Town is named after Simon van the Steel, which was 1679 - 1699 governor of the Cape. This place was since 1741 the winter anchorage for the Netherlands east India company. The Englishmen further expanded Simon's Town 1814 as naval base. The port of Simon's Town was from 1885 of 1958 British territory.
Strand (Somerset west)
From Cape Town you reach the coastal town of Strand in approx. 35 minutes. Drive the motorway N 2 toward Somerset West. Shortly before Somerset West turn right towards Strand/Gordon's Bay. Strand developed in the last years very well. Many small business, restaurants and bars rediscovered this small place in the last years. The beach area has a beautiful promenade. In the summer months the bay heats itself along the shore line that bath temperatures are reached there. It's a paradise for water sport fans.
Stellenbosch is the second oldest city in South Africa and many of the well reserved buildings point out different architectural styles of the past. In the last years many of the old houses in the Cape-Dutch and Viktorianischen style were restored to their former grace.
Franschhoek is a popular tourism destination a 50 minute drive from Cape Town. It offers something for everyone. Nature lovers can relax and take in the nature. The area around Franschhoek is well-known for their beautiful nature. The many wine farms in the area offer a variety of first-class wines. Visit Franschhoek and enjoy some relaxed days of holiday.
Four Passes Route from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek and back
Along the classical Four Passes Tour, beginning and ending in Stellenbosch, which lead past Franschhoek. The popular Four Passes Tour is an absolute must for visitors to the Cape. Drive first from Cape Ttown on the N1 up to the exit and follow from there the R304 up to the historical town of Stellenbosch. From there in clockwise direction along the R310 up to the old wine-growing estate Boschendal and shortly later turn off on the R45 to the more contemplative, but not less interesting Franschhoek, formerly home to the French Huguenots. If your time allows it, you might want to stay overnight here. It continues to go over the beautiful Franschhoek Pass with its lookout points down on to Franschhoek valley and up to the T-crossing with the R321. Turn right towards the south up to the area of fruit planation around Elgin and Grabouw. Here the road meets the N2, which takes you over the Sir Lowry's Pass to Somerset West. Here you will find the historical wine-growing estate Vergelegen above the city. In order to close the circle, you can go back now over the much driven on R44 to Stellenbosch or continue on the N2 to Cape Tow.
Distances of the Four Passes Route from Cape Town (city center) - Stellenbosch: 48 km Stellenbosch - Franschhoek: 28 km Franschhoek - Franschhoek Pass - Viljon's Pass - Somerset west: 86 km Somerset West (city center) - Cape Town (city center): 45 km entire: 207 km Somerset West (city center) - Stellenbosch: 16 km Stellenbosch - Paarl: 32 km Gesamt: Four Passes Tour Stellenbosch - Franschhoek - Somerset West - Stellenbosch: 140 km (pure travel time: approx. 3.5 hours)
Gordonss Bay can be reached from Cape Town via the N 2 towards Somerset West. Shortly before Sir Lowry `s Pass turn right towards Gordon's Bay. Gordon's Bay became in the late 18. Century the base of the Colonel Gordon and was named after him. The small coastal town Gordon's Bay has a special location. Surrounded by the Hottentots Holland Mountains, as well as one of the most beautiful coastal roads of the world, lies the town in a small bay. It offers also a beautiful beach, as well as nice fish restaurants and some businesses.
The picturesque coastal town of Hermanus is approx. 150 km from Cape Town. A visit is worth in any case, particularly if the whales visit South Africa. At the end of July to the beginning of December is the best time for whale watching. Hermanus is considered as one of the best places in the world, where you can observe the giants of the seas directly from the beach. The whale cows with their newborns often come right to the shoreline. 50 to 100 whale sightings on a single day is not rarity in the bay of Hermanus. Hint: Back to Cape Town take the scenic drive along the coast. Passing through Kleinmond, enjoying a class of wine while enjoying the sea views, Betty´s Bay, Pringle Bay and Gordon´s Bay. In Gordon´s Bay at the beach boulevard are plenty restaurants for a lunch or sundowner before making your way back to Cape Town. gives it also some a turning possibilities. This coastal trip is at least as fascinating as the drive over Chapman's peak and one should take time to go off the beaten track (N2) and enjoy the scenery this road offers.
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