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Cape Point Travel Guide

Okay, so Cape Point is not the place where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean and neither is it the southernmost point of Africa. Nevertheless, it is far more spectacular and a lot more accessible than the actual tip at Cape Agulhas. It's also one of the most visited attractions in Cape Town.

Cape Point is the highlight in any Cape Town tour, and can be visited on its own. Although there are a number of animals, mainly antelope, zebras, baboons and ostriches, Cape Point's main attractions are the awesome scenery and the unspoiled fynbos vegetation, and fantastic flowers.

Sir Frances Drake, the first circumnavigator to complete a voyage around the world, described it as 'the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth.' Enormous sea cliffs tower above the battering ocean, whipped by fierce winds that whisk hats from view-bedazzled tourists. On the west side the shore is littered with shipwrecks, testimony to the notoriously treacherous waters around here. There's so much to see and do, the beaches are fabulous and one can easily spend a whole day here.

Most visitors to Cape Point venture up a steep path to the old lighthouse built in 1860, which was too often hidden in clouds so a newer one was built in 1914. Perched further down the cliffs, it’s the most powerful lighthouse in South Africa.

At the car park there’s a reputable restaurant with great big windows that take in the awesome views and dizzying drop below. Here one can retreat from the wind and have a bite to eat with no danger of baboons snatching your scoff. For those not keen on an energetic walk there’s a funicular that runs to the top and a curio shop.

There are loads of way marked paths for strolls and longer walks. The shortest is just a 15-minute amble through choice fynbos to the Smitswinkel viewpoint. A great coastal walk is the Shipwreck Trail starting at Olifantsbos on the western side of the reserve. The two-day Cape of Good Hope Trail is a fabulous hike and way to experience the fauna and flora of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Cape Point is also the culmination of the exciting multi-day slackpacking Hoerikwaggo Trail that starts in Cape Town city and ambles across Table Mountain. On the eastern side at Bordjiesdrif and Buffels Bay are safe tidal pools for swimming as well as picnic and braai spots.

The most popular route to cycle is from the main gate down to Cape Point, run by a few commercial companies who even provide bikes. Whatever mode you choose to get around in, keep an eye open for animals living in the reserve, ranging from tortoises crossing the road to ostriches striding along the beach.

One can spot various Cape antelope species including the endemic bontebok rescued from extinction in the last century and the extremely rare Cape mountain zebras. Birders will thrill at the sight of peregrine falcons plummeting down from the cliff tops, African black oystercatchers hopping about the rocky shore, ocean birds soaring about and sunbirds flitting amoungst the fynbos.

Surfers have lots of breaks to choose from although the eastern side needs the huge winter swells to wrap around the Point before it gets surfable. Hardcore paddlers, divers and fishermen alike frequent the reserve to satisfy their aquatic addictions.

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Accommodation near Cape Point

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R3,200
1 night, 2 adults

South Winds

Sleeps 6 Simons Town Self-catering in Simons Town
12.75km from Cape Point

South Winds is a luxury, self-catering, wooden bungalow situated directly on the rocks of Castle Roc...

from R950
1 night, 2 adults

Thalassa at One Castle Rock

Sleeps 5 Smitswinkel Bay Self-catering in Smitswinkel Bay
13.01km from Cape Point

This characterful cottage is set at the base of the Table Mountain National Park in Millers Point. T...

from R3,285
1 night, 2 adults

Olifantsbos Guest House Table Mountain National Park SANParks

Sleeps 11 Table Mountain National Park Self-catering in Table Mountain National Park
15.16km from Cape Point

Possibly the most special accommodation available in Cape Town, this unique getaway is located deep ...

from R1,480
1 night, 2 adults

Aqua Terra

Sleeps 6 Simons Town Bed and Breakfast in Simons Town
15.60km from Cape Point

Located in a prime position, this landmark house overlooks the entire False Bay. Aqua Terra is a sym...

from R1,150
1 night, 2 adults

Rocklands Seaside B&B

Sleeps 13 Simons Town Bed and Breakfast in Simons Town
15.63km from Cape Point

Rocklands Seaside B&B is ideal for business or holiday - stunning uninterrupted  sea views from your...

from R1,610
1 night, 2 adults

On the Rocks

Sleeps 6 Murdoch Valley Self-catering in Murdoch Valley
15.86km from Cape Point

Spectacular setting. On the Rocks offers upmarket self-catering accommodation for up to six persons,...

from R1,000
1 night, 2 adults

Seagetaway Self-catering Accommodation

Sleeps 11 Murdoch Valley Self-catering in Murdoch Valley
15.90km from Cape Point

Seagetaway Self-catering Accommodation are situated less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town and the...

from R2,200
1 night, 2 adults

Rocklands House

Sleeps 8 Simons Town Private Home in Simons Town
15.91km from Cape Point

Rocklands House is situated in the beautiful and historical Simon’s Town. This self-catering house ...

from R550
1 night, 2 adults

The Viewing Nest

Sleeps 10 Murdoch Valley Guest House, Murdoch Valley Bed and Breakfast in Murdoch Valley
15.94km from Cape Point

The viewing Nest offers bed and breakfast accommodation with beautiful views of False bay. This is t...

from R1,040
1 night, 2 adults

Eland and Duiker Cottage Table Mountain National Park SANParks

Sleeps 11 Table Mountain National Park Self-catering in Table Mountain National Park
16.04km from Cape Point

Ideal for family holidays, the Eland and Duiker Cottages are situated in the Cape of Good Hope secti...

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