Type: Scenic Drive, Picnics, Restaurant, Hiking
Time needed: 3 Hour(s) to 1 Day(s)
Opening TimesOpen Daily from 6am - 6pm October to March; and 7am - 5pm April to September.
At the tip of the Cape Peninsula, amongst spectacular scenery and rocky coastline is Cape Point, the southernmost point of the peninsula, and part of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Visitors to the reserve you will experience a variety of animals including buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds and indigenous flora that is found nowhere else in the world. Take a scenic drive, stop at one of the many picnic spots and tidal pools and travel to the lighthouse lookout by funicular or on foot for spectacular views. Cape Point is the south-western most point of Africa and it is said that this is the meeting point of the warm Mozambique and cold Benguela currents. The treacherous cliffs of Cape Point are amongst the highest in the world and were first rounded by the explorer Bartholomeu Dias in 1488. Many passing ships were not as successful and more than 20 ships are known to have been wrecked off these rocky shores - of which a few can still be seen. Two lighthouses, the first of which was erected in 1860, can now be visited and their vantage points offer sweeping views out to sea.