8 amazing view-points overlooking the sea
December 1, 2013
1. Table Mountain – Cape Town
The classic icon of Cape Town; it has to be said that some of the best views of the coast can be seen from anywhere on Table Mountain. The cable car is a great way to get a full panoramic view, however, the many hiking trails, like Platteklip and Devil’s Peak, can also offer some progressively spectacular views as you ascend above the Mother City.
The Mother City from Platteklip
The Atlantic seaboard from Table Mountain
2. Cape Point – Cape Town
Another classic Cape Town treasure, this elevated view point offers some amazing views of both False Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean.
Hiking Cape Point
The view of Diaz Beach from Cape Point
3. The Heads – Knysna
The sheer power of the relentless ocean is truly evident from this famous view site. Aside from the impressive views of this natural wonder, this site also offers wonderful views of Knysna, the small, coastal town built on the edge of the estuary.
The ocean channel to Knysna from The Heads
4. Mapuzi – Wild Coast
The whole of the Transkei coastline is absolutely fascinating. The rolling hills, so characteristic to the area, come to a sudden halt at the coast, offering some truly amazing view and back-drops for anyone willing to find them.
Hikers rewarded for their efforts
The shoreline at the foot of the Mapuzi cliffs
5. Storms River Mouth – Tsitsikamma
Aside from being the starting point of the world-famous Otter Trail, The Storms River Mouth has a few other reasons to hold its own as a destination rather than a starting point. The views from the cliffs just east of the river mouth are nothing short of spectacular.
The view point above the Storms River Mouth
6. Robberg Peninsula– Plettenberg Bay
With the Outeniqua Mountains as a back-drop, its very difficult for this little coastal town to be anything by photogenic. The highest point in the area is the Robberg Peninsula which offers some breath-taking views of the entire town with the mountains in the background.
The view from the Robberg Peninsula by Bevan Langley
7. Nahoon board walk – East London
Not particularly known for its view points, I found the board walk at Nahoon to be a very surprising find. The view extends all the way from the beach to the left, right the way to the top of the famous Nahoon Reef to the right. If happen to be around during a South West wind, there’s a good chance you’ll get to watch some great surfing from up there too.
Nahoon Reef from the board walk
Looking back towards Nahoon Beach
8. Seaview – Port Elizabeth
As the name suggests, this small town just west of Port Elizabeth really earns its name by offering some stunning views over the rugged Eastern Cape shoreline. The orientation of the coast makes this a perfect place to view the sunsets as the sun comes down right over the sea.
The sunset over Seaview
The only thing better than a sunset over the sea, is sharing it with your friends