Direct access to the Beach
There are a number of pathways down to the beach. The beach is long and wide giving the impression of quiet seclusion. Dogs and horses are often seen on the beach, cantering across the sand and frolicking in the waves. The water is cold but refreshing. For many surfers this is a great spot to be and visitors can sit on the rocks and watch the surf roll in with the occasional rider on his board.
Attractions within 15 minutes drive
Ever wanted to go horse riding on the beach. This dream experience is available just down the road from Monkey Valley. Enjoy breathtaking views of Chapman’s Peak from Noordhoek beach. You will pass through wetlands with indigenous bird life, then over the dunes and onto the beach where you will visit the Kakapo Shipwreck.
The ride is a two hour guided tour for experienced and novice riders with opportunities to trot and canter.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
On Monkey Valley’s door step, stretching from Noordhoek to Hout Bay is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.
Chapman’s Peak Drive is an adventure in beauty, with sheer drops to the sea below and towering mountains rising above you. The twists and curves in the road seem endless and it is a photographers dream. Take an opportunity to enjoy this sightseeing wonder, take a picnic, or for the very active – go for a run. This scenic Cape Town route is now a toll-road.
Hout Bay Harbor
Once you finish your Chapman’s Peak drive, head on through to the Hout Bay harbor for a bustling art’s and craft market with over 100 stalls.
Clovelly Country Club
Nestled in the pristine and tranquil Silvermine Valley close to Fish Hoek in Cape Town lies Clovelly Country Club. With one of the finest golf courses in South Africa, Clovelly offers its members and visitors a memorable experience.
Westlake Golf Club
The Cape’s Most Popular Course
World of Birds
An amazing collection of birds await in Hout Bay, just over Chapman’s Peak drive. Walk into the cages and have birds sit on your shoulders. There are spider monkey cages where the monkeys will jump on your shoulders. Another amazing experience for kids.
Some of the beaches on the false bay side are home to the African Penguin. In particular, the Boulders beach colony have their own private beach where visitors can visit. For visitors who choose to go swimming in some of the open swimming beaches nearby, there is always an opportunity for a chance encounter with these sleek swimming birds.
Have kids? The Scratch Patch is great place to let your kids dig around for semi-precious stones.
A variety of craft markets dot the peninsula with a wide variety of interesting African crafts.
Attractions within 25 Minutes Drive
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
Kirstenbosch gardens also holds the start of a walk up Table Mountain. Climb up Skeleton gorge and walk across the top of Table mountain for drinks. Descend by cable car.
Officially one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. You will regret a visit to Cape Town that does not include venturing up the landmark mountain.
The Cape is famous for it’s wines. The wine route is a broad collection of wine estates that offer wine tasting, meals and wine for sale. Enjoy lunch under the oaks at historic 400 year old Cape Dutch Home.
The Spier wine farm has Cheetah and Bird of Prey enclosures where visitors can get up close and personal. Take the kids into the owl enclosure and take a picture of owls sitting on your kids head.
Attractions one to three hours drive from Monkey Valley
Hermanus is hailed as offering the best land based whale watching in the world. Enjoy a lunch or dinner in a cave, with the potential for whales to be within meters.
A number of river rafting opportunities exist, from those wanting a relaxing paddle down a quite river and enjoying the surroundings to those that have to be heavily focused on the rushing rapids.
Want to jump off the highest bungee jump bridge in the world. Recognized as such by Guinness book of records
Big Five Game Reserve
Fairy Glen offers what many visitors to South Africa want to see. The big 5 (Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo and Leopard). Most people have to go to parks near Johannesburg/Gauteng – for those visiting Cape Town, you can still get your fix.
Also know as Kloofing in South Africa is the art (or possibly science) of following a mountain stream down its course by floating, flolloping, jumping or swimming. Sound like fun to you?
Every spring the Cape erupts in a dazzling display of bright colour. It’s spring-time and the wildflowers come out in full celebration of the ever-warmer days.
Ocean Attractions within 10 to 45 minutes drive:
Great White Shark Cage Diving
There are a number of operators who offer you a once in a lifetime experience to get up close and personal with the finest predator of the seas for millions of years.