Blue Monkey Tours Review – Cape Peninsula

BLUE MONKEY TOURS REVIEW – DAY 2

I had arranged with Allan Korsman of Blue Monkey Tours for a second private tour the very next day. This time I was going with the full-day tour of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula. We’d arranged for an early start the day prior and Allan was prompt in picking me up from my hotel that morning. We had a long day ahead of us and lots of ground to cover. In case you missed it, you can find my Blue Monkey Tours Review – Day 1 post here.

Cape Peninsula Map, South Africa

CAPE PENINSULA

The Cape Peninsula is a rocky peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean at the south-western extremity of the African continent. At the southern end of the peninsula are Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. This is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean. On the northern end is Table Mountain, overlooking Cape Town, South Africa. The peninsula is 52km (33 miles) long from Mouille point in the north down to Cape Point in the south.

The peninsula was once an island, but about sixty million years ago, it was joined to the mainland by the emergence from the sea of the sandy area now known as Cape Flats.

Today’s plan was to drive from Cape Town, down along the eastern side of the peninsula, right down to Cape Point, then back up along the western side and return to Cape Town.

ST JAMES BEACH & BEYOND

This is one of the smaller beaches along the False Bay coastline, but don’t let its size detract from its charm. Home to a cluster of well-known and often-photographed colorful bathing boxes along the sand, St James is a quaint, picturesque area.

A short drive south of St James beach we come across a cute, little fishing area. Here, we were able to view fishermen bringing in their fresh morning catch and a couple of brown fur seals hoping to score the fishermen’s scraps.

St James Beach, South Africa

BOULDERS BEACH PENGUIN COLONY

This was the beach I was most excited to visit! There are few places in the world where you can get this close to a breeding colony of penguins, but Boulders Beach lets you do just that! The beach is situated near Simon’s Town in False Bay between Fish Hoek and Cape Point and is easily accessible. Since it forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, there is a small entrance fee which goes towards paying for conservation of the endangered African penguins that live here.

The penguin colony at Boulders Beach stated back in 1983 and is one of the very few mainland penguin colonies in the world. The best way to view some of the 3,000 African penguins that inhabit the ares is from the wooden boardwalk at Foxy Beach which is accessible via the information centre.

Blue Monkey Tours Review - Boulders Beach Penguins

{Click to enlarge panoramic photo below}

Boulders Beach Penguins Panoramic

CAPE POINT & THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

Cape Point falls within Table Mountain National Park in a section of the Park referred to as the Cape of Good Hope. This section covers the whole of the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula. The Cape of Good Hope section of the National Park is generally unspoiled, wild and undeveloped.

The coastline along here is spectacular and some of the best views are offered by making the trek up to the Cape Point Lighthouse. There are many stairs and in the sweltering summer heat, it can almost be an unbearable journey, but believe me, the views up top are definitely worth it.

Blue Monkey Tours Review - Cape Point, South Africa

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

While driving back towards Cape Town, Allan stopped off at some additional places to allow me to snap some photos. Locations listed below:

{Looking out towards Lion’s Head from Camps Bay}

Blue Monkey Tours Review

{View of Cape Town from Signal Hill}

Blue Monkey Tours Review

{View of Robben Island in distance where Mandela was held prisoner}

Blue Monkey Tours Review

{Rainbow while coming down Signal Hill}

Blue Monkey Tours Review

BLUE MONKEY TOURS REVIEW SUMMARY

My two private day tours with Allan were fantastic. He was extremely easy to communicate with and I don’t think I’ve ever met a friendlier guy. He has an insane wealth of knowledge about South Africa and its history and he loves sharing it. Allan went out of his way to ensure I was able to get some great photos – he didn’t have to do this, but knew I loved photography so he made it his mission to do so.

If you’re ever in the Cape Town area and need a private tour guide, I can’t recommend Allan enough!

.

——————————————————————————————————————-

Find Blue Monkey Tours at:

Website: http://www.bluemonkeytours.co.za/
TripAdvisor: Blue Monkey Tours TripAdvisor Reviews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bluemonkeytourssouthafrica
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlueMonkeyTours     B

.
Blue Monkey Tours Review

Blue Monkey Tours Review

Blue Monkey Tours Review

?>