Region Visit: Where the Two Oceans Meet. Driving to the Cape Point, South Africa

The Cape Point Drive where the two oceans meet is one of the worlds greatest ocean front drives. The trip is filled with spectacular scenery, breath taking vistas and unique places to stop.


This post is one chapter on our trip to South Africa, a Safari in the Maasai Mara in Kenya and Mauritius. This trip was redeemed through Air Canada’s Aeroplan and through Starwood Preferred Guest (Marriott Bonvoy) and Hyatt Gold Passport. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Region Visit: Where the Two Oceans Meet, Driving to the Cape Point, South Africa

Driving to where the two Ocean’s meet is an experience for anyone who visits Cape Town. The route is a full day’s drive. It is marked with views of the Indian Ocean, the Cape Point where the oceans meet, and the Atlantic Ocean on the way back.

How to drive the route:

During our time in Cape Town, we rented a car from the Europcar outlet at our hotel The Westin Cape Town. As Canadian based travellers, we found driving in South Africa to be reasonable and manageable during day time hours. Make sure you take a letter from your credit card company to confirm that you have car rental insurance to avoid unnecessary delays at the rental counter and the usual pressure tactics to take the car rental companies car insurance cover.

The approximate 150 kilometer route takes you down the coast from Cape Town towards Muizenberg Beach, along Boulders Beach where Penguins can be seen, down to Cape Point. After visiting the Cape Point, you can return through the Cape of Good Hope, followed by great views along Hout Bay, before returning to your hotel in Cape Town.

In our experience, the best way to drive the route is to take the eastern coast down towards the Cape Point, returning on the West Coast. This route follows the path of the sun, allowing for the sunniest photos and maximizes daylight. The trip is a full day drive, and the two times we’ve done it, we’ve always wished for a longer day before the sun goes down.

The First Stop: Muizenberg Beach

The first stop is near Cape Town. Muizenberg Beach is minutes from Cape Town central business district. The beach is set against the large mountains that border The Mother City and are home to some of the unique coloured changing booths that pock mark the beach. The place makes for interesting photographs.

Colourful Change Huts at Muizenberg
Views at Muizenberg Beach

Our Second Stop: Visiting Penguins at Boulders Beach

After Muizenberg, it’s a little ways south to Boulders’ Beach. It’s home to one of the highlights of the Southern Hemisphere, a spot where you can visit Penguins naturally on the beach. The area is so well populated with penguins, there are even road signs cautioning their presence.

Penguins in Roadway

Boulders Beach is a small colony of Penguins that started here in 1982. From just two penguins, the colony has grown to approximately three thousand penguins. It’s one of the few places in the world where you can get close to penguins in their natural habitat; only a few hours drive away from Cape Town.

Access way to Boulders Beach

It’s pretty interesting and engaging to be able to get up close to Penguins. They are pretty still and stationary creatures here at Boulders.

Penguins Scattered around Boulders Beach
Penguins at Boulders Beach
Penguins on the Sand
On the Rocks at Boulders
Between the Rocks at Boulders
Taking a Standing Up Nap

Where the Two Oceans Meet: Cape Point

From Boulders Beach, it’s a drive down to Cape Point. It’s the spot where the cool Atlantic Ocean meets with the Indian Ocean. It’s natural to think of this as the most southern point on the African continent, but that honour actually goes to Cape Agulhas which is situated 170 kilometers east of Cape Town.

From the parking lot, it’s a short walk along paved paths to the view point where the two oceans meet.

The Cape Point
Beautiful Sea Side Views
The Cape Point

A very picturesque area where the bodies of water collide.

Walking at the Cape of Good Hope:

Our last major stop of the day is at the equally scenic area known as the Cape of Good Hope. It’s almost adjacent to the Cape Point. What makes the Cape of Good Hope unique is that it’s home to several hiking trails, which can add some value to your visit as you get out to see the area. During our visit, we took in a walk to Dias Beach.

Parking Lot Trail Heads

Walking to Dias Beach

From the trail head, we headed down to Dias Beach. It’s a breathtaking walk down.

Beach
Local Flowers Brighten the Day
Walkways to Paradise
Beach Walkways
Views beyond compare
Dias Beach
Dias Beach

Our Travelling Day at Cape Point:

Our day at Cape Point and its surrounding area was a wonderful and pretty day. I can’t encourage travellers who visit this area to visit this region. While a full day, it’s an easy drive from Cape Town. The highlights are Boulders Penguin Colony, calling at the Cape Point and walking on the Cape of Good Hope trails to Dias Beach. It’s a memorable day adventure everyone who visits Cape Town should try to do at least once.

World Class Coastlines


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