I don’t know if I could live anywhere that doesn’t have mountains or ocean. I live on the Cape Peninsula so I have both – lucky me! I don’t climb the mountains often enough (does it count that I regularly use the cable car to the top of Table Mountain?) and I seldom swim in the icy waters of the ocean these days, but I want to be able to see them, every day if possible. Luckily, showing it off to clients allows me to do this very regularly. My favourite tour in Cape Town is the round trip of the peninsula – I never get bored with it and all my clients love it.
This narrow strip of land surrounded by water on 3 sides that we call the Cape Peninsula consists of the Table Mountain National Park extending from the city all the way down to Cape Point and the mythical Cape of Good Hope and covers 25,000 hectares. Because of the urban development, the park is broken into several different areas some of which are pay points but most of it is free and open, which makes it the most visited park of all South Africa’s 21 national parks.
The Cape Peninsula is also home to the exquisite Cape Floral Kingdom – the smallest of the world’s plant kingdoms but the one with the largest variety – over 9000 species, most of them endemic to the Cape. Spring is the best time to view the fynbos as it bursts into colour but throughout the year there are species flowering. All the mountains are home to various species of fynbos and of course the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is where you can see all of it, plus some exotic plants from elsewhere in southern Africa.
Wherever you are on the peninsula, you are no more than a few minutes away from a walking trail, a rock-climbing cliff, a mountain bike trail, a beach, a tidal pool, a rocky coastal stroll, or just a stunning view. It’s no wonder then that Capetonians like nothing better than to be outdoors doing one or other activity involving water or mountains.