For those with more time on their hands, a slower pace will allow you to see the beautiful smaller "fynbos" as well as proteas, ericas, pincushion etc. Colourful and striking when in bloom these flowers also attract the brightly coloured sunbirds and sugar birds. Watch for grazing buck or zebra, the ostrich with baby chicks or the male ostrich running as if the devil himself was after him! Nothing in sight for miles, so why did he take off? A huge bird who eats anything in his path, including stones, does not need a reason to act silly!
Just a short drive from the entrance gates, there is a fairly large parking area which leads to a short, scenic walk. This walk is fairly rocky in places so take care not to slip and fall on a VERY hard rock, like I did. The camera escaped injury but not so my shin which ended up with a lump the size of a boiled egg in about 2 secs flat!
The views are great as one can see the houses down at Smitswinkel Bay as well as further towards Cape Point.
This semi-protected area is reached only on foot or by boat if you intend to dive some of the wrecks in the area. Imagine carrying heavy groceries down the steep hill! This tiny hamlet does conjure up visions of lazy summer days, swimming, snorkeling, sundowners on the rocks, with the fresh ocean breeze to cool you down after the heat of the day. Or snuggling under the duvet in winter listening to the rain beating down on the roof and the waves crashing on the rocks below. The reality of that steep climb back to the car lessens the romantic ideal somewhat for me!
You can also hike to Cape Point from this point but, be warned, it takes 6 hours! Sunscreen and water are a must. For the serious hikers, there is also a 2 day hike starting at the entrance gate. Brochures are available at the entrance gate and an overnight hut is available.
Back in your car, take the circular drive - lovely shows of plant species and the odd ostrich or two. You may alight from your car at any stage in the park - just please don't ever feed the baboons. They are wild animals with VERY large teeth!
There are over 1100 species of indigenous plants in this reserve with both coastal and inland "fynbos" found here. Many of these are tiny and can only be seen if you get out and look!
Branch off whilst on the Circular Drive route and detour to Gifkommetjie - the hike in this area is called "Hoek van Bobbejaan" Trail and it is a 3 hour Circular hike. The views from here are stunning with many interesting rock formations.