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Cape Point 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…
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.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED OR TRY TO ENGAGE WITH THE BABOONS.
Did You Know?
Cape point the site of one of the Global Atmosphere Watch’s atmospheric research stations.