Along the winding road from Kommetjie past Witsand and Misty Cliffs, approximately an hour’s drive from Cape Town city centre, you’ll come upon a pretty seaside village flanked by pristine beaches, scenic mountains and a camel-shaped rock formation – this is Scarborough.
With its stunning views of the Cape of Good Hope, which lies in the Table Mountain National Park, Scarborough is a peaceful haven where the tempo of life has slowed sufficiently for visitors to take in its beautiful surrounds. Scarborough is a conservation-minded village where houses and beach homes nestle on the slopes of Slangkop and Red Hill, overlooking the powerful Atlantic Ocean.
Where to stay
See our accommodation database for accommodation options at this gateway to the Table Mountain National Park, and the crags of Cape Point.
Scarborough may be small, but don’t be fooled, there’s plenty to keep a visitor busy – between beauty sleeps!
Schuster's Bay is the home of the Cape clawless otter, and a perfect whale-watching location that lies on the June to November migratory path of the majestic southern right whales.
What would Cape Town be without its stunning beaches? Scarborough, Witsand and Misty Cliffs don’t disappoint in this department either, especially when the sun slowly sinks into the sea at day’s end. There are long, white beaches with few footprints, so get out there and enjoy a revitalising walk or see if you can spot some of the region’s seabirds.
These three beaches are also ideally suited to bodyboarding, surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. Anglers will find many tempting spots to cast their lines, but ensure that you have a permit, because this part of Cape Town’s coast falls within a marine protected area.
Wine is synonymous with Cape Town and the surrounding vineyards produce award-winning Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon wines. The Cape Point vineyard encompasses the Noordhoek and Scarborough estates, and although they’re not open for tastings, local restaurants proudly display and sell their wines.
Along the winding road from Kommetjie past Witsands and Misty Cliffs, approximately an hour’s drive from Cape Town city centre, you’ll come upon a pretty seaside village flanked by pristine beaches, scenic mountains and a camel-shaped rock formation – this is Scarborough.
Looming large and welcoming you to Cape Town, whether you are arriving by plane, train, boat or automobile, is the iconic Table Mountain, one of the 7Wonders of Nature.
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