The 2Inn1 Kensington booked both an airport pick-up and an all day private tour to Cape Point for us with Randy's Tours.
Faried (the owner of Randy's Tours) was waiting for us as expected as we came through the airport gates and we were quickly away to the 2Inn1. Brief commentary along the way. Car was clean and comfortable. Good transfer.
Main trip we did was with Faried's wife Rosina to Cape Point. Car was a people mover, very clean and comfortable with good viewing from the windows. Rosina was exceptionally knowledgeable and very friendly. Also happy to vary the journey when we wanted to stay a little bit longer in some places or stop for us to take photos. Cost of the tour did not include entry fees to Hout Bay car park (R5), Cape Point (R90pp), Boulders Penguin Park (R45pp), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (R45pp) or the Chapman's Peak toll road (R45) but these additional costs were made very clear to us up front when we booked.
Route involved driving along the Cape Town waterfront past Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay where we stopped for a tea/coffee. We had planned to go out on a boat (extra cost) to see the seals off the point but the sea was too rough. Obligingly about 7/8 seals had made their way into the harbour and were swimming just below the jetty of the car park. We then drove along picturesque Chapman's Peak Road to Cape Point and walked up to the lighthouse (but could have caught a funicular for most of the way) for a magnificent view both up and down the coast.
Stopped here also for lunch in the restaurant which had a great balcony with a fantastic view across False Bay. Expected the food to be awful and very expensive given the monopoly position but was pleasantly surprised. Acceptable quality and reasonably priced. Following lunch we drove down to the ocean side of the point which is actually the Cape of Good Hope and jostled with the tourist bus throngs to get our picture taken at the sign giving the co-ordinates.
Came back to Cape Town via Boulders, where we took some time to see the African Penguins which live on the beach here, Simon's Town (home to the South African navy), Kalk Bay and then stopped again at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which sit just below Table Mountain and cover a vast area. These gardens would be magnificent when they were all in flower. Rosina joined us for a good part of the way in the gardens, explaining the history and pointing out the various plant/flower species, before leaving us to go our own way and meeting us again outside for the final leg of the journey back to the 2Inn1.
Arrived back at the 2Inn1 after sunset but didn't miss sundowners.
Some other 2Inn1 guests we talked to hired cars to travel down to Cape Point but they did not appear to get to see as much as we did and certainly missed Rosina's engaging historical explanations and interesting descriptions of the areas we passed through.
Would thoroughly recommend.
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