It may not be the southernmost point of Africa – that honour goes to Cape Agulhas – but Cape Point certainly makes you feel as if you are standing at the edge of the world.
Cape Point is a spectacular sight with towering stone cliffs, endemic fynbos, breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys, just 60km outside Cape Town.
There’s currently no public transport heading to Cape Point, so a taxi, bus or rented car will get you there. As of February 2017, you can take the double decker City Sightseeing‘s Cape Point Explorer, with a convenient (not to mention cute) penguin viewing stop at Boulders Beach on the way.
The Funicular / Flying Dutchman
Named after the legend of a ghost ship haunting the area, the Flying Dutchman departs every three minutes and transports you from the car park to the upper lighthouse. The tram is locally made, environmentally friendly and can transport 450 people an hour. It’s a steep walk up if you choose to go the pedestrian route, but the views are so exhilarating you’ll hardly realise you’re exercising. A walk up and a Funicular trip down is the best of both worlds.
|Flying Dutchman Funicular ticket prices from 1 November 2016 – 31 October 2017|
|Adult Return||R 65.00|
|Adult One-way||R 50.00|
|Child*/Pensioner** Return||R 25.00|
|Child*/Pensioner** One-way||R 20.00|
*Child: 6-16 years; children under 6 ride free; all children must be accompanied by an adult
** Pensioner: 60+ must show identification to receive pensioner rate
|Cape of Good Hope (entry to Cape Point) 1 November 2016 – 31 October 2017|
When hunger calls
With one of the best views in the world, the Two Oceans Restaurant comes highly recommended. Fresh seafood dishes, sushi and an impressive dessert and kiddies menu is on offer. For those on a tighter budget, the fast food restaurant called the Food Shop next door will satisfy your pizza, salad or sandwich craving.
A third option is to pack your own picnic with all your favourite foods and spend the day snacking at Cape Point. Just be wary of the eager birds and baboons who do not adhere to any normal level of politeness.
Both the old and new lighthouses are quite a sight to behold. The Old Lighthouse, 238m above sea level, is easily accessible from the trail and funicular. The New Lighthouse, constructed in 1919 and electrified in 1936, is the most powerful light in Africa with a candlepower of 19 million. It’s an estimated 1.5h walk to the new lighthouse via the Lighthouse Keepers trail. From here you’ll get a great view of the 200m cliff face towering out of the ocean with the Old Lighthouse perched at the top.
Look out, too, for pelagic birds of which there are a large variety, zebra, eland, and the many species of reptiles and small mammals. Chacma baboons are common here, especially at the point itself.
The Audio Tour
Myth, legends, facts and fiction about this iconic spot all come to life on the official Cape Point Audio Tour. There’s are two free options and it’s highly recommended that you download the app VoiceMap City Tours and the audio guides before departing for Cape Point as the signal is not always dependable.
Let’s go shopping
There are three wonderful stores where you can shop for memorabilia, curios and keepsakes. You can even send a postcard from the upper-level shop to share what you’ve experienced with those at home. For everyone else, there’s Instagram – don’t forget to use #lovecapetown and #CapePointMoments.