The Cape Peninsula is a scenic land with the rugged Table Mountain, long sandy beaches, little rocky coves and flora and fauna, unique to the region. Its wildlife is so prolific and numerous scenic areas are so attractive that it requires a proper approach to appreciate their impressive beauty. A variety of natural resources and historic and cultural attractions gives a way to the diversity of Cape tours, which can be based on the wildlife observation and exploration, history plunge, wine lands and the Garden Route, and sport and recreation activities, such as climbing, surfing, scuba diving, boating and hiking.
As in any events, Cape tours should start with Cape Town South Africa, the head of the Cape Peninsula. Cape Town is the most beautiful city in South Africa, and sometimes, it is described as the most beautiful city in the world. Established in 1652 as a supply station by Dutch fleets, Cape Town grew as a melting pot of traditions and cultures, brought for centuries from other countries. Here are ethnological museums, revealing the South African rich heritage, specialty shops, featuring unique samples of local craftsmanship, and restaurants, offering local delicacies.
The city is situated beneath the majestic Table Mountain and Cape tours often include a trip by the Aerial Cable Car to the summit of Table Mountain or mountain climbing. There are over one hundred scenic ways to climb the mountain, which stands at one thousand and eighty six meters above the sea level. The mountain is famous for a tablecloth of clouds, commonly flowing over the edge. The legend says that the tablecloth is due to an old Afrikaner, called Van Hunks, who sits on the Devil's Peak, having a smoking contest with the devil himself; they just keep puffing away and neither ever wins.
Flower and garden lovers will benefit much from Cape tours, as the peninsula boasts unrivalled gardens and flower areas. In spring, the west coast and Namaqualand turns into a palette of wonderful colors and shades, a spectacle, which attracts thousands of visitors. The Cape Floral Kingdom has more plant species in its small area than the whole of the British Isles and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and it has been proclaimed the "Worlds Nursery".
Safari Cape tours are organized in the Eastern Cape, where the Addo Elephant National Park, Schotia Game Reserve, Gorah Game Reserve and the reknowned Shamwari Game Reserve are located. On the way from Cape Town to wild safari destinations, you will pass the Garden Route, which is a very scenic area of splendid mountains and lakes, rivers, running through deep gorges and lush indigenous forests, endless beaches and lagoons. At the end of your trip, you will encounter unusual flora and fauna, including elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, as well as fascinating little creatures, such as Meerkatte and the Dung Beatle.
June-November Cape tours can comprise the Southern Right Whales watching, since these marvelous creatures mate, give birth and care for their calves at the shores of the Cape Peninsula during the period. The coastline guarantees an excellent opportunity to view these giant mammals, while boat trips permit to view them at a very close range.
Further to the above, the Cape Peninsula is known for its wines. A day tour from Cape Town will take you to the wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, which are the exquisite estates, founded by the French Huguenots in the 17th century.