Scarborough is perhaps the quietest little town in the southern peninsula. In fact, it barely merits the town label and is more of a village. Once more, in fact, the Scarborough Conservation Group is working hard to ensure that it remains a “conservation village”, which in effect means that it won’t grow or develop much beyond its current level in the interests of protecting the surrounding natural beauty.
And there is a lot of natural beauty. The village overlooks the stormy Atlantic and most of the houses have views of waves crashing on the cliffs and rocks below. The beach is perfect for kite surfing, body boarding, picnics and romantic walks. And, it’s bordered by two nature reserves; the Cape Peninsula National Park (with Cape Point) to the south and the Baskloof Nature Reserve to the rear.
Fishing and musselling
Scarborough Beach (as well as the beaches at Witsands and Misty Cliffs) is a great place to try your hand at angling and musselling (collecting mussels for the uninitiated). Note: You will need a permit because the beaches are within a protected marine area.
Cape Point Vineyards
The southern peninsula (especially the very southern peninsula) is not typically associated with wine growing, but the Cape Point Vineyards, which include Noordhoek and Scarborough estates, are growing in reputation. Currently, the vineyards specialise in white wines, including chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.
Camel Rock is a natural oddity. It’s a rock on the side of a road that happens to look almost exactly like a camel. Once you’ve seen it you can move on to the Camel Rock Restaurant or the Cape Farmhouse in Scarborough for a drink or bite to eat.
Scarborough is accessible via the coastal roads from the Fish Hoek/Kommetjie and Simon’s Town/Cape Point sides.