Experience the Cape Point Adventure
At the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town, lies Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park; a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Encompassing 7 750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna; abounding with buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds, Cape Point is a nature enthusiast paradise.
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. Cape Point falls within the southern section of Table Mountain National Park. The natural vegetation of the area, fynbos, comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. The scenic beauty of Cape Point is not its sole allure; it is also an international icon of great historical interest with many a visitor drawn to the area because of its rich maritime history…
Set in the lush wonderland of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point is at the cusp of the Cape Peninsula, and for that reason, many people mistake it for the southernmost tip of Africa. In fact, that honour belongs to Cape Agulhas, which lies farther east along the coast.
Still, standing on the rocky promontories of Cape Point and looking out at the ocean stretching endlessly into the distance certainly makes this place feel like the bottom of the world. A trip here is a must for locals and visitors alike.
Another common misconception is that Cape Point divides the Indian and Atlantic Oceans AKA Where the two oceans meet; this is also untrue, but, for all that, the view from atop the cast-iron lighthouse boggles the imagination with an unworldly panorama of Cape Town and the surrounding mountain.
The lighthouse itself, however, has a troubled history; at 249m, it was often shrouded in mist, rendering it invisible to most drunken, wayfaring sailors even on evidently clear days. This shortcoming produced shipwrecked catastrophes and forced the construction of a second lighthouse in 1919 that still functions as the most powerful light on the African coast (87m above sea level).
A hearty 15-to 20-minute walk will take visitors from the parking lot to the original lighthouse (also a great warm up if you’re considering other hikes in the park), if the trek seems too daunting, make your ascent in the Flying Dutchman funicular, also known as the Cape Point Funicular – a fun and novel way to experience this attraction.
In addition to its scenic beauty, Cape Point is also a global icon of considerable historical interest.
DepartureCape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
IncludePicnic SpotsOpen to the publicWine SalesWiFi
Not IncludedWine PairingsBraai AreaClosed to the publicCellar DoorWine Tasting and Sales