As you might expect from such a diverse and beautiful destination, finding breath-taking views in Cape Town is not too much of a challenge. After all, almost everywhere you turn, you are bound to be left speechless by the city’s dramatic scenery.
There are however a few spots that offer especially marvellous views. To help you capture the magic of the Mother City’s scenery, we have hand-picked some of our favourite look-out points.
In no particular order, here are some of Cape Town’s most outstanding scenic spots:
1. Chapman’s Peak Drive – False Bay
The glorious stretch of coastal road that runs from Noordhoek to Hout Bay offers some of the most exceptional views imaginable. There are a number of look-out points and picnic stops along the road – perfect to enjoy a quiet picnic at sunset, or take a few panoramic photographs (or selfies!). What makes this road one of the most beautiful is its far-reaching view of ocean, mountain and coastline.
2. The Cape Wheel – V&A Waterfront
The Wheel of Excellence, or more simply, The Cape Wheel, is located at the V&A Waterfront. This is where you can enjoy amazing views that span as far as Robben Island on a clear day. From atop the wheel, you’re bound to be spoilt with excellent views of Table Mountain – and if you plan your time right, a glorious Cape Town sunset.
Tafelberg Road – Tamboerskloof
Situated off Kloof Nek Road, Tafelberg Road is where the Lower Cable Station is found. There is a parking area, which leads to an access road that is closed to cars. Cyclists, joggers, hikers and pedestrians can continue along the road. This path leads all the way to Devil’s Peak, with breath-taking views of the city below. There are a few small rest stops along the way, including an ancient well.
Lion’s Head – City Bowl
There is a reason that Lion’s Head remains one of the most popular hiking routes in the City. The views from atop its peak are simply out of this world. The unsurpassed panoramic views of almost the entire Cape Peninsula are simply unmissable. Try a daytime or full moon hike to watch the sun set and moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean.
5. Maiden’s Cove – Atlantic Seaboard
The sheltered haven of Maiden’s Cove lies between Camps Bay and Clifton. This idyllic beach offers amazing scenery that is enhanced by a sense of seclusion and privacy. As the beach is often quiet, the tidal pool, rocks, grassy lawn and blue waters of the Atlantic instantly create the feeling of transportation to an exotic island – far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Kirstenbosch Gardens Canopy Walkway
Moving slightly away from sea-views, the Boomslang Canopy walkway at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Newlands offers a different type of view – one of beautiful greenery and majestic mountain slopes. Located fairly high above the ground, this winding walkway allows you to explore the garden from a completely new angle – again offering perfect photography opportunities.
Keen to explore all of these amazing views in Cape Town? Contact our concierge team to find out more about how to plan the perfect itinerary for your trip to the Cape.