The penguin colony on Boulder Beach is one of the rare places where you can watch the African penguin. The beach in Simon's Town is part of Table Mountain National Park, where around 2000 penguins live. The beach is protected, the tourists walk along a wooden walkway above the beach, where there are several viewpoints from which you can watch the penguins up close. Simon's Town is on the east side of the Cape Peninsula on False Bay. At Seaforth Beach there is a large parking lot from which you can walk to the penguin colony. Here you will also find restaurants right on the beach.
Table Mountain is the landmark of Cape Town. The mountain range, up to 1,087 m high, dominates the cityscape. You can climb Table Mountain but you should note that the temperatures can be significantly colder than in Cape Town. The suddenly occurring fog can become a problem for mountain climbers who are not familiar with the area. Inexperienced hikers should join a guided tour and take enough drinking water with them. You should expect 3 hours for the ascent.
The cable car takes you to the summit quickly and easily, but the cable car only runs when the weather is good. Operation is stopped when strong winds or fog is expected. You can find out about the current situation on the website of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (link below).
On the summit there is a rocky plain on which you can walk to different viewpoints. The panorama is breathtaking. There is a cafe at the mountain station of the cableway.
The former prison "Robben Island" is located 12 km outside Cape Town in the Atlantic Ocean. Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27-year imprisonment on the small island. Today "Robben Island" is a nature park and national monument.
The 669 m high Lion's Head is the most striking mountain of Cape Town. From Lion's Head one has the best view on the city. If you do not want to climb the steep mountain, you can reach the viewpoint of "Signal Hill" by car.
The Twelve Apostles are a mountain chain with several peaks that stretch from Table Mountain to Hout Bay along the Atlantic. The impressive coastal mountains start just south of "Camps Bay" district, which has a very nice sandy beach.
From the centre of Cape Town you will reach "Bloubergstrand" at about 15 km to the north. From here you have the famous "Table View" on Cape Town. In the nice suburb there are many Kitesurfers and good restaurants.