At the tip of the Cape Peninsula – only 60 km south of Cape Town – the rugged rocks and sheer cliffs cut deep into the ocean to split False Bay from the colder waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This beautiful part of Table Mountain National Park is called Cape Point.
Route to Cape Point
Personally, I would recommend you to rent a car and drive to Cape Point on your own. It’s the best way to explore this great place and the route from Cape Town to Cape Point is as amazing as Cape Point itself.
If you take the M6 route via Hout Bay and drive along Chapman’s Peak, you will have the most spectacular journey. The road takes you across the magnificent coastline from Hout Bay to Kommetjie. Then, from Noordhoek, follow the magnificent coastline to Kommetjie, Sweetwater, Witsand, Misty Cliffs and Scarborough, where you head inland and all along the top of a mountain plateau.
Or, for a shorter journey, you can also take the Blue Route (M4) to Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and along the coast to historic naval village of Simon’s Town. Then continue along the coastal road to the entrance of the Table Mountain National Park. A scenic drive through the reserve leads you to the parking area at Cape Point.
Things to do at Cape Point
Walk to the top of the point to the old lighthouse, or take the funicular to the top. From that point, you’ve got a stunning view over the rocks and cliffs of one of the greatest landmarks in the world. The new lighthouse at Cape Point is the most
powerful on the South African coast. It has a range of 63 kilometres, and beams out a
group of three flashes of 10 million candlepower each, every 30 seconds.
While you are in the National Park, you should also go to Cape of Good Hope. The Cape of Good Hope is a popular tourist spot and photographs with you and the ‘Cape of Good Hope’ sign have to be taken.
In the National Park there are many beautiful bays with hiking trails and picnic spots. Popular is Buffels Bay,
with a stunning beach and a protected tidal pool. Often Bontebok and
other antelopes can be seen grazing on the wide grass patches, and
sometimes baboons come there. Keep away from them!
11 Reasons to visit Cape Point
- The most southwesterly point of Africa.
- Breathe the freshest air in the world – straight from the Antarctic.
- Situated in the 22 100 hectare Table Mountain National Park, a natural World Heritage Site.
- One of the highest sea cliffs in the world – 249 m above sea level.
- 26 recorded shipwrecks.
- Bird watcher’s paradise – at least 250 bird species.
- Approximately 1 100 indigenous plant species, some of which occur no where else on earth.
- Variety of buck, baboons and other animals.
- Numerous scenic walks and trails.
- Excellent angling and diving spots.
- Whale and dolphin watching from May to November.