Cape Point, Tafelberg Nasionale Park, Wes-Kaap
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Cape Point is the most southerly point within the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve section of the Table Mountain National Park in the Western Cape, South Africa. It is also the most south-westerly tip of Africa and falls within the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site with breathtaking scenery.
This sight is only 60 km outside of Cape Town and home to beautiful bays, beaches, rolling green hills and valleys covered in fynbos. The Cape Floral Region is one of the worlds’ richest areas for plants with nearly 20% of Africa’s flora.
Cape Point is a nature enthusiasts paradise encompassing 7 750 hectares of flora and fauna, Cape Mountain Zebra, baboons, buck and over 250 species of birds.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see:
- Shipwreck Trail
- Two Oceans Restaurant
- Cape Point Logo Store
- Lighthouse Five Store
- Cape Point Parks Shop
- Flying Dutchman Funicular
- Cape Point Lighthouse
Three self-catering cottages can be found within the Cape of Good Hope, booking through SANParks, and more accommodation can be found in and around the Cape Town area from luxury internationally renowned hotels to B&B’s, Guests Houses, Lodges and camping sites.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 19˚C with June to August being the peak rainy season.
Commercial Airlines offer flights into Cape Town International Airport. Bus services, taxis and car rental companies are available for easy access around the area. The Green Bus & Cab Service offers trips to Cape Point from Cape Town at very reasonable rates.
With no annual festivals or events taking place at Cape Point itself we recommend searching the Cape Town and surrounding areas for events and festivals.
Bartolomeu Dias named the area “Cape of Storms” in 1488 and sailors treated the ‘Point” with cmuch respect, known as a navigational landmark by day. By night, however, it was seen as a menace if violent storms and dangerous rocks which over the centuries caused many shipwrecks along the coastline.
In 1859 the first lighthouse was completed and today is used as the centralised monitoring point for all the lighthouses on the coast of South Africa.