For anyone that’s road tripping, you’re bound to hit Cape Point Nature Reserve, and for good reason! Definitely climb to the lighthouse at Cape Point, head over to Dion’s Beach, hike up the Cape of Good Hope, and observe the Mystic Cliffs as well. It’s truly a beautiful reserve, although a bit windy. The lighthouse, while iconic, seems a bit useless because of all the clouds that are always surrounding it, but it is said to be where the Flying Dutchmen haunts the oceans because the captain challenged a storm there and failed.
Travelers Tip: Bring a hat because there is no shade in the entire reserve.
From Cape Point, we drove through cutesy towns along the coast with breathtaking views, all leading up to the Chapman’s Peak Drive. It’s a fun drive with 114 curves offering gorgeous views of Hout Bay. Well worth it and definitely pull over to take a few photos like we did! Note that there’s a toll at the end of the drive for R38 (about $3 USD).
Prior to heading to our hostel in Cape Town, we drove up Signal Hill, which offered us our first views of Table Mountain! Man that thing looked daunting from below! Every day at noon a canon is fired off from Signal Hill, which traditionally was used as a means of synchronizing watches so that everyone was on the exact same time.