Cape Point is found at the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula, just over an hour from the Cape Town CBD. Many Capetonians will tell you that this is the point where the cold waters of the Atlantic and the warm waters of the Indian Oceans meet, when truthfully this happens eastward at Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. The waters that meet at Cape Point do, however, display visible differences in character and sometimes even colour.
The 7,750 hectare Cape Point Reserve (a primary feature of the Table Mountain National Park) is filled with stunning untouched beaches, a flurry of fynbos (a floral kingdom unique to the Western Cape), and spectacular hikes spotted with fantastic viewpoints and shipwrecks. The reserve has also become well-known for its cheeky baboons and the beautiful lighthouse built in 1857.
When gazing over the 300m cliff at the head of Cape Point, it isn't uncommon to see southern right whales, shoals of tuna or snoek, or dolphins and seals accompanied by the cries of seabird common to the area (including albatross, gannet and seagull). It is off Cape Point that the ghostly 'Flying Dutchman' (a mirage of a storm damaged sailing ship) has often been sighted. Even King George V claimed to have seen the vessel 27 years before he was crowned in 1907.
What to do
- Hike the Shipwreck Trail
- Ride the Flying Dutchman funicular
- Dine at the Two Oceans Restaurant
- Shop for curios
- Explore cultural and historical spots
- Visit monuments to explorers like Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias
- Whale watch
- Game viewing