From Camps Bay head along the M6 coastal route to Cape Peninsula National Park via the Chapman’s Peak toll road. The Chapman’s Peak toll road is literally carved into the face of the mountain and offers spectacular vistas of Houts Bay, Chapman’s Peak, and Noordhoek. This has to be one of the most dramatic coastal routes in the world. Take a few hours to explore the park before heading back to Cape Town via the M4 which hugs the False Bay coast line. Stop to see the penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town and the colorful victorian beach huts on Muizenberg Beach. If I had more time, I would have definitely stopped for fish and chips in Kalk Bay. Check the weather before you go, the area can be clouded over.
Having enjoyed my wildflower photography tour with James Gradwell Photography Tours, I decided to do his Cape Point tour. Although I have done the Cape Point route before, I didn’t have all of my equipment and don’t have any great shots, especially of penguins. The weather on that day was glorious and I was hoping that the weather would cooperate for this trip and while the weather wasn’t uncooperative, a bank of clouds and mist chased us most of the way. The benefit of going out with a photographer is not only do they already know the best place to capture a great shot, I was able to ask technical questions about flash and we experimented with blocking. I have noticed since starting this blog that my landscape photography needs some work, so the further instruction was helpful.
I decided to enjoy the beach vibe and stayed in Camps Bay at the POD Boutique Hotel a cool and modern hotel with view of the beach. The hotel is only a block away from the beach and a host of restaurants. If you want to relax on the beach or sit on a chaise lounge next to the pool, this is the place to stay.