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Overview
The Cape Point experience Breath-taking vistas, untouched beaches, rolling fynbos clad hills, a world heritage site, home to rare and endemic plants, a wildlife refuge at the very Tip of the most South Western Point of Africa: Cape Point is this unique location. Perched on the edge of the world adjacent and to urban civilisation, Cape Point is beyond a doubt one of South Africa’s most magnificent sightseeing and tourist attractions. Mistakenly known as the collision point between two currents, the Cape of Good Hope Section of Table Mountain National Park, previously called the Cape Point Nature Reserve is approx. 7800 hectares. There are 250 different bird species that make the area home, 1500 indigenous plant species and an assortment of animal life that ranges from Bontebok to Baboon, Eland to Ostrich., Recognised as a World Heritage Site, this immaculately preserved landscape surrounded by a vast marine protected area is the source of many fantastic and real tales from a time gone by that make up the maritime history of the Cape. Notorious for its wild weather, the seas surrounding Cape Point – a narrow peninsula unlike any other in the world– are also a watery grave to 28 sunken ships The construction of the first lighthouse on one of the reserve’s highest peaks in 1859, has made the waters less dangerous and has in turn become one of the most popular tourist attractions at Cape Point. Visitors can either walk their way up to the light house or can opt to take a ride up to the lighthouse via the convenient and environmentally-friendly Flying Dutchman Funicular. The views from a ride in the Funicular leave you breathless and utterly dazed as you step off at the Very tip of Africa The vistas from the lookout points surrounding the lighthouse are unrivalled in Cape Town. Endless Ocean extends in every direction. On a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way across False Bay and in whale season the joy of looking down on a passing southern right whale is utterly magical One can also walk to the new revolving lighthouse which looks out over the jagged rocks below. This lighthouse is still in fact functional. It is the most powerful navigational beacon on the South African coast and emits three flashes every 30 seconds. If all the sightseeing has taken its toll the Two Oceans Restaurant whose interior takes its cue from the tones and textures of its natural surroundings is airy, understated and offers a welcome respite to your legs if you walked up to the lighthouse . The bleached-white ceiling mirrors the belly of a whale and the white and aquamarine decor make the restaurant elegant and calm. The sushi bar joins a seafood-focused main menu in providing customers with a range of food options to choose from. On good weather days of which there are many, visitors can dine on the Two Oceans’ outer deck, that affords unobstructed views of the endless coastline, and even if it’s dripping from the heavens, the restaurants endless glass windows provide diners with a panorama that makes one forget the weather!. But Cape Point is not just about the light houses and being an amazing Tourist Attraction in a national park. Cape Point has some of the best beaches in and around Cape Town and many of them are largely unknown and allow peace and solitude for those who venture down their length. Local surfers will tell you the coast around Cape Point has some of the wildest surfing in Cape Town. Cape Point is also home to a series of amazing hiking trails. The Cape of Good Hope Hiking Trail is an overnight trail of approx. 35 km and offers some of the best hiking on the peninsula. Keep your eyes open as there is always something flowering irrespective of the time of the year. A night spent in Cape Point is an utter delight allowing you an interrupted view of the night sky without any of the city pollution. The jewellery box sky that awaits you makes the walk worth the effort. The Shipwreck trail takes you along remote pristine stretches of beach and past the wreck of the Thomas T Tucker.This so-called liberty ship, built by the United States during World War II to carry troops and weapons, wrecked on the rocks in 1942, as she was sailing close to the Cape Point coastline in an attempt to avoid detection by German U-boats. The foggy weather made for difficult navigation, and believing they were close to Robben Island, the entire crew ran the ship ashore and safety, unaware of the distance from Robben Island, leaving the large cargo ship behind to ultimately meet her demise. The SS Thomas T. Tucker is possibly the most photographed wreck at Cape Point, and the birdlife that has taken up residence on the hull of the old ship makes for great photo opportunities. The locations for a special family picnic are endless but many opt to go to Buffels Bay so they can venture into the beautiful tidal pool on the edge of the picnic site. For those up for something different why not try a picnic at Platboom or Bordjiesdrif? For the more energetic bring your bike and get to know Cape Point from a different perspective. Many tourists are cycling through Cape Point and falling in love with it. Gentle, easy cycling allows one to enjoy the views and engage with the scenery in a fresh way. Cape Point has more to offer than many people realise and if truly is a changing kaleidoscope of vistas depending on the season. It is unique and unparalleled in its scenic beauty. A location every South African should visit.
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