The Cape Peninsula

The Cape Peninsula is a rocky peninsula that stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean at the south-western extremity of the African continent. When you look at a map, it kind of looks like a little thumb or pointy finger sticking out of the western coast of South Africa. The peninsula has continuously switched from being an island to a peninsula (and vice versa) during the past 5 million years. The ice ages that came and went strongly affected the rise and fall of the sea level. At the southern end you can find Cape Point and the well-known Cape of Good Hope. On the northern end you can climb the iconic Table Mountain, which overlooks the city of Cape Town. The Cape Peninsula is about 52 km long in total.

Cape Peninsula Cycling Tour

Strictly speaking, the Cape Peninsula thus covers a large cultural and natural area, including the entirety of central Cape Town itself. Cycling tours, however, are most often done within the quiet reserves of Table Mountain National Park. When my brother and I were on a city trip in Cape Town, we also decided to go on a tour and see more of the natural plains on the peninsula. The tour company first brought us to Boulders Beach to see the celebrated penguins. We also made a stop at the surfer hotspot Muizenberg for a quick break. As we headed towards the Cape of Good Hope next, the tour guides gave us bicycles and off we all went. Some of us didn’t quite get to enjoy the luxury off fully functioning brakes, but it was a lot of fun nonetheless!

Table Mountain National Park

This peninsula post is only one of many more posts about Table Mountain National Park! I will soon publish a post about Cape Point and its wacky ostrich inhabitants, followed by another post about the breathtaking surroundings at the infamous Cape of Good Hope. I’ve already got all my photos lined up. Until that time, you can keep yourself busy by staring at the chubby squirrels of Company’s Garden or by admiring the extremely colourful houses of the Bo-kaap.

See you soon!