Cape Point

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25km from Scarborough

-34.3506, 18.4838

 

+27 21 780 9204 www.capepoint.co.za

About

Cape Point, the distinctive tip of the Cape Peninsula, is a narrow finger of land that extends into the ocean. It is covered in endemic fynbos and cross-crossed by a network of roads and hiking trails from which to explore the picturesque bays, beaches, hills and valleys.

It forms part of the Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park and is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, an area so rich in biodiversity that it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This national park offers visitors many ways to enjoy the diverse plant and animal life, spectacular seascapes and mountain scenery.

As well as exploring by car or by foot, you can take the popular ‘Flying Dutchman’ funicular to a viewing point just below the light house. The Two Oceans Restaurant is beautifully situated for a relaxed meal, or you can pack a picnic and discover cultural and historical spots within the reserve, including the monuments to the early explorers, such as Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias. The Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay tidal pools are good for swimming and have picnic facilities. The reserve’s popular shipwreck trail takes you past more than 26 shipwreck sites around Cape Point and there are overnight trails through natural fynbos and along sandy beaches.

You can also see more than 1 100 indigenous plant species that grow nowhere else in the world, watch the annual whale migration, see more than 200 bird species, including some endemic to the area and view Cape mountain zebra, eland and other antelope species. Chacma baboons are common in the reserve, especially at the point itself. Don’t be tempted to feed them as they can be aggressive.

Address: Signposted from the M3 via False Bay and the M6 via the Atlantic Seaboard