Things to Do in Cape Point

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Cape Point Lighthouse Walk

Cape Point Lighthouse Walk

Hiking Trail in Cape Point (0.1 km from Cape Point)

Starting behind the upper funicular station, the Cape Point Lighthouse Walk descends below the Old Lighthouse on the False Bay side of the cliffs. The short walk levels out before reaching the viewpoint above the New Lighthouse. Stonewalled observation points have been built on either side, offering incredible views of the sheer rock faces and...

Cape Point to Cape of Good Hope Trail

Cape Point to Cape of Good Hope Trail

Hiking Trail in Cape Point (0.6 km from Cape Point)

The out-and-return trail from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope starts at the Cape Point parking area and descends through fynbos to the cliffs above Dias Beach. Here you can take a detour via the wooden staircase to the beach and back up to the scenic route. The trail continues to Cape Maclear viewpoint before descending to the southernmost...

Diaz Beach

Diaz Beach

Beaches in Cape Point (0.8 km from Cape Point)

Dramatically surrounded by sheer craggy cliffs, Diaz Beach is situated right at the tip of Cape Point on the western side. It deserves its reputation as one of the most scenically stunning Cape Town beaches. Access to this beach is down a series of wooden stairs and only takes about 20 minutes. The climb up can take twice as long; will probably...

Maclear Beach

Maclear Beach

Beaches in Cape Point (1.8 km from Cape Point)

Maclear Beach lies just off the Cape of Good Hope, the most southerly point of the Cape Peninsula. Take one of two short footpaths through dense fynbos to the beach. Walking along the deep soft sands of this beach can require a bit of effort, particularly at high tide. If you have kids, try to time your visit at spring low tide when the rock...

Antoniesgat Trail

Antoniesgat Trail

Hiking Trail in Cape Point (2.4 km from Cape Point)

The out-and-return Antoniesgat Trail ambles along the False Bay coastline from the turning circle south of Buffels Bay. Along the way is Antoniesgat cave, one of many carved into the sea cliffs by the battering waves. The biggest wow factor is the knockout views of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, False Bay, Da Gama Peak and Cape Point...

Kanonkop Trail

Kanonkop Trail

Hiking Trail in Cape Point (4.8 km from Cape Point)

Take the turnoff to Venus Pools from the Bordjiesdrif road. The path starts 200 m after the turnoff at Bynes, and ascends towards Kanonkop. At the top is an old signal canon pointing towards Cape Point. From here there are lovely views of Buffels Bay, Cape Point and the Da Gama Monument. The return route takes hikers past an interesting old lime...

Platboom Beach

Platboom Beach

Beaches in Cape Point (4.9 km from Cape Point)

Wild and unspoilt, Platboom Beach is a magical place. It’s easy to spend the entire day picnicking, walking and exploring the coastline. Pretty dunes separate the parking area from the long sandy beach. Birdlife is prolific and terns, gulls, kiewiete and sandpipers are often seen. A peaty stream flows down to the beach. Swimming here is at your...

Buffels Bay Beach

Buffels Bay Beach

Beaches in Cape Point (5 km from Cape Point)

Buffels Bay in Cape Point Nature Reserve is a very popular braai and picnic spot. Beautifully situated, the beach and tidal pool overlooks False Bay and you can’t get closer to the tip of Cape Point. The reserve is open Monday to Sunday from 06:00 – 18:00 during summer and 07:00 – 17:00 in winter. Facilities include well-maintained ablutions and...

Phyllisia Circuit

Phyllisia Circuit

Hiking Trail in Cape Point (8.6 km from Cape Point)

Starting at the Gifkommetjie parking area, the Phyllisia Circuit meanders parallel to the coastline and returns along the shore. The trail is named for the wreck of the Phyllisia, a trawler that ran aground at Hoek van Bobbejaan in 1968. Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours Difficulty: Easy Distance: 7 km

Gifkommetjie to Platboom

Gifkommetjie to Platboom

Hiking Trail in Cape Point (8.6 km from Cape Point)

Depending on how relaxed you take it, the open-ended walk from Gifkommetjie to Platboom should take 1.5 – 2 hours. Staring at the Gifkommetjie parking area, the trail leads to the coast and then south along the shore. The route explores wonderful sections of coastal dune vegetation, marshlands and pans. Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours Difficulty:...

Cape of Good Hope Hiking Trail

Cape of Good Hope Hiking Trail

Hiking Trail in Cape Point (10.7 km from Cape Point)

Breath-taking views and close encounters with wildlife and pristine fynbos typify the Cape of Good Hope Hiking Trail experience. Starting at the main entrance gate, the trail is walked in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction. Pick up keys for the overnight hut and leave your car here. Plan to make the most of the spectacular views from the...

Sirkelsvlei Walk

Sirkelsvlei Walk

Hiking Trail in Cape Point (12.5 km from Cape Point)

Experience the essence of Cape Point on this wild, windswept route through beautiful fynbos. Park at Olifantsbos, then head for the boom where a sign indicates the beginning of the circular trail. The trail starts with a short steep section before the route splits. It can be walked in either direction. Red Hartebeest are often seen on the reed...

Olifantsbos Beach

Olifantsbos Beach

Beaches in Cape Point (15.9 km from Cape Point)

Olifantsbos is a small, sandy beach and rocky point on the western side of the Cape Point Nature Reserve. It’s a magical place, wild and sometimes windswept, with a number of well-marked hiking trails and short beach walks. The beautiful Shipwreck Trail and Sirkelsvlei Walk start and finish here. When the Southeast wind blows and there’s a west...

Shipwreck Trail

Shipwreck Trail

Hiking Trail in Cape Point (15.9 km from Cape Point)

A cairn amoungst the fynbos marks the route to the beach from Olifantsbos. The other option is to hike part of the Sirkelsvlei Walk. This section has great views, is good for spotting birds and links up with the Shipwreck Trail. One of the most easily accessible and extensive wrecks is the Thomas T Tucker. It looks a bit like a scrapyard and...

Things to do near Cape Point

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Scarborough Beach

Scarborough Beach

Beaches in Scarborough (21.3 km from Cape Point)

Just outside Cape Point Nature Reserve, on the western side, is the lovely beach village of Scarborough with its long sandy beach, great surf, interesting rock pools and lovely walks. There are minimal, but sufficient facilities, and one restaurant in the village is fairly close.

Glencairn Beach

Glencairn Beach

Beaches in Glencairn (22.1 km from Cape Point)

Glencairn Beach is a pretty beach situated on the False Bay side of the Peninsula. Popular with families and dog walkers, it is perfect for lazy strolls and sunbathing. Parking is right at the beach and access is easy but you will need to cross the Metro rail line. Southern right whales can often be seen during their calving season and in summer...

Red Rock Tribal

Red Rock Tribal

Popular Attractions in Scarborough (18.7 km from Cape Point)

Red Rock Tribal is not your usual curio shop. Supporting and empowering local artists throughout southern Africa, Red Rock is a treasure trove of interesting and eclectic art. Their mantra is 'the world is full of waste, but not all of it is rubbish!' Here you'll find innovative crafts that are humourous, clever as well as trendy and sometimes...

Elsie's Peak from Glencairn

Elsie's Peak from Glencairn

Hiking Trail in Glencairn (23.5 km from Cape Point)

A hike up Elsie's Peak is well worth the short, sharp effort for the breathtaking and expansive views of False Bay - a wonderful way to get your bearings. The flora in October is stunning and you may be lucky enough to see a whale or two. Extend your hike and take one of the many well marked footpaths in this mountain range.

Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park

Game Reserve in Table Mountain National Park (34.8 km from Cape Point)

One of the New7Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain is the centrepiece of the Table Mountain National Park. The easiest way of visiting Table Mountain is to ride up in the Cable Car, which operates every day, except in bad weather conditions. But it's a great walk, either up, down or both ways. Platteklip Gorge, just east of the Cable Station, is a...

Smitswinkel Bay Beach

Smitswinkel Bay Beach

Beaches in Smitswinkel Bay (10.2 km from Cape Point)

Just past Simon’s Town and right next to Cape Point Nature Reserve lies Smitswinkel Bay, accessible only by foot or a small boat. The 15-minute walk down is well worth the effort for the sweeping ocean and mountain views alone. The bay is popular for snorkeling, diving, spearfishing and trek netting. The beach and some of the rock pools are good...

Fishermans Beach

Fishermans Beach

Beaches in Simons Town (17 km from Cape Point)

Fisherman's Beach is a lovely little sandy cove squeezed between rocky pinnacles near the penguin colony at Boulder's Beach and Simon's Town Golf Course. The beach is surrounded by lawns and is perfect for a game of beach ball with family and friends or simply soaking up the sunshine. Here the warmer ocean temperatures of False Bay make...

Simons Town Country Club

Simons Town Country Club

Golf Courses in Murdoch Valley (17.4 km from Cape Point)

The Simon's Town Golf Course is one of the oldest in the country and will be celebrating its centenary in 2016. It is also the only 9 hole course on the Cape Peninsula. We invite golfers of every level for an affordable, fun, friendly game on our well-maintained course. An outing here will reward the player with a golfing experience similar to...

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Beaches in Simons Town (17.8 km from Cape Point)

Boulders Beach, which is part of the Table Mountain National Park, is home to a sizeable colony of African penguins. These cute and comical birds waddle around quite unperturbed by the hordes of tourists who flock towards them. Huge boulders create sheltered little coves and the resident penguins often swim past for a look at the people. Boulders...

Jubilee Square

Jubilee Square

Popular Attractions in Simons Town (18.9 km from Cape Point)

Jubilee Square, located in the central part of Simons Town, provides a myriad of activites for keen visitors. You'll have a pick of restaurants and shops, with harbour views to boot. Saturdays you can browse the craft market in the main parking area. Photo by Planetina, some right reserved.

Simons Town Historical Mile

Simons Town Historical Mile

Hiking Trail in Simons Town (19.2 km from Cape Point)

Experience the historical village of Simon’s Town since 1741 by doing the Historical Mile Walk. The walk captures the history from the days the Dutch East India Company declared Simon’s Town as the winter anchorage for their ships from 15 May to 15 August each year, to the Second British occupation of 1806, up to today. The town itself still...

Admirals Waterfall

Admirals Waterfall

Hiking Trail in Simons Town (19.5 km from Cape Point)

Take the footpath at the end of Barnard Street and proceed up the gentle slope. Once you round a sharp bend, you’ll be struck by the view of the deep ravine. The Admiral's Waterfall and pool is tucked away at the top. Plan to picnic here and spend time enjoying the fabulous views of Simon's Town harbour. Duration: 1.5 hours Difficulty: Easy...

Long Beach

Long Beach

Beaches in Simons Town (19.8 km from Cape Point)

Long Beach is a lovely stretch of sand that can be spotted just as you drive into beautiful Simon's Town. This is a popular beach for walking dogs, kayaking and diving courses. There is parking available, and it's also an easy walking distance from the train station.

Scratch Patch and Mineral World

Scratch Patch and Mineral World

Popular Attractions in Simons Town (21.4 km from Cape Point)

Visit a sparkling, colourful Alladin's Cave with your little ones. The Scratch Patch and Mineral World Gemstone shop is an awesome spot for young and old to relax while foraging for your own gemstones. Visitors can purchase fabulous, affordable gifts at the shop in addition to their collected treasures. Topstones is also worth a visit - see...

Redhill Footpath Hiking Trail

Redhill Footpath Hiking Trail

Hiking Trail in Scarborough (21.5 km from Cape Point)

This beautiful hike starts at Scarborough Conservation Village. It is a very remote area with beautiful views. It takes you past Kleinplaas Dam and then to Slangkop and ends at Blue Water Estate in Imhoff's Gift. It is a moderate hike and permits are available at Mickey's Mousetrap in Scarborough. Average duration is five hours.