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Attractions

On site attractions

Thorfynns Restaurant and Bar

Thorfynns Restaurant at Night

An indoor and outdoor restaurant offering fantastic views and delicious food.

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Direct access to the beach

View of the Beach from Monkey Valley

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

 

Horse Riding

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

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 and Seal Island

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.
From there, take a short boat trip to seal island and enjoy the frolicking of the Cape Fur Seal.  If you are fortunate, you may get to see one of the wonders of the natural world as a Great White shark launches itself out of the sea to catch a seal.  There are also opportunities to go snorkeling at Seal Island off a boat.

Superb Golf courses

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.

Penguins

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.

Scratch Patch

Have kids?  The Scratch Patch is great place to let your kids dig around for semi-precious stones.

Craft Market

A variety of craft markets dot the peninsula with a wide variety of interesting African crafts.

Attractions within 25 Minutes Drive

 

Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch gardens – 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.

Skeleton gorge – 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.

Attractions within 30 Minutes

Table Mountain – is 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.

Waterfront – with its shops, restaurants and live music on the edge of a working harbour, Imax theatre and one of the best aquariums in the world, the V&A Waterfront is a must visit.

Attractions 30 minutes to an hours  drive

 

Wine Route

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.  Have kids?  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.

Cape Point – incorrectly assumed to be the southern tip of Africa, this is still a wonderful attraction for the whole family.  Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres above the sea and cutting deep into the ocean provide a spectacular background for the Parks’ rich bio-diversity

Attractions one to three hours drive from Monkey Valley

Hermanus – 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.

River Rafting – 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.

Bungee Jumping – Want to jump off the highest bungee jump bridge in the world.  Recognized as such by Guinness book of records

Great white shark cage dive – 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.

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.

Canyoning – 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?

Wild flowers – 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.

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