Cape Point

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.

Getting there

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.

You’ll also have plenty of tours to choose from: Day Trippers, Rhino Africa Safaris, Hylton Ross Exclusive Touring and Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris to name a few.

Cape Point Steps

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
Adult* R 135.00
Child** R 70.00

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.

CTCAPPT01016 Cape Town. Cape Point. Aerial. At the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Early morning. RSA. ©Alain Proust/iAfrika Photos

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Cape Town. Cape Point. Aerial. At the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Early morning. RSA.
©Alain Proust/iAfrika Photos

Must-see sights

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.

 

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