Cape Point

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One of Cape Town's main attractions is the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, at Cape Point, which is noted for its floral diversity and especially its wild flowers that bloom in the spring. The reserve boasts a spectacular coastline, with Cape Point possessing the highest sea cliffs in South Africa (249 metres). The reserve is host to approximately half of the 2 700 species of indigenous plants contained in the Cape Peninsula. There are over 250 species of birds in the reserve, ranging from ostriches to minuscule sunbirds. Caracal, chacma baboon, a wide variety of buck and various other mammal species may be seen.

Main Attractions:

  • Game Watching and Whale Watching (in season)
  • Flying Dutchman Funicular
  • Two Oceans Restaurant
  • Spot the Shipwrecks
  • Visit the Lighthouses
  • Bird Watching
  • Bush and nature walks
  • Curio and souvenirs shops

The 20 reasons to visit Cape Point

1. The most southwesterly point of Africa.
2. Angling and diving sites.
3. It’s where the cold Benguela Current on the West coast and the warm Agulhas current on the East coast merge.
4. Situated in the 22 100 hectare Table Mountain National Park, a natural World Heritage Site.
5. One of the highest sea cliffs in the world – 249 m above sea level.
6. The circumnavigation of the Cape of Good Hope led to the establishment of a sea route to the East and subsequent trade.
7. 26 recorded shipwrecks.
8. Bird watcher's paradise – at least 250 species.
9. Approximately 1 100 indigenous plant species, some of which occur no where else on earth.
10. Variety of buck, baboons and other animals.
11. Swimming at Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay tidal pools.
12. Numerous scenic walks and trails.
13. Excellent angling and diving spots.
14. Whale and dolphin watching from May to November.
15. Historical monuments including the Diaz and Da Gama crosses.
16. The funicular – scenic trips to the old lighthouse.
17. Up market and family accommodation.
18. The Two Oceans Restaurant offers world class cuisine and spectacular vistas over False Bay
19. Three destination retail shops, each with an impressive range of high quality South African curios and Cape Point merchandise.
20. A million points of view.

Cape Point Nature Reserve

Keep your eyes open for beautiful brown and white bontebok antelopes, dawdling tortoises and dashing ostriches as you drive through this pristine nature reserve and watch out for cheeky baboons in the parking lot. The flora too deserves your attention with 2,200 species of plants including giant headed Protea bushes flowering in Winter and pretty little Ericas which you will not see anywhere else on earth You will of course be heading south to the infamous Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope, which are two separate places in close proximity.

Cape Point also known as ‘Cape of Storms’ has claimed over 20 shipwrecks which has given rise to the haunting tale of the phantom ship ‘The Flying Dutchman’, still mysteriously seen on occasions. The 1860 lighthouse proved to be too high and often enveloped in cloud so a lower one replaced it, both of which are now accessible and give splendid views out over the rocks. Take your walking shoes and stroll down to the Cape Of Good Hope which is the southwestern most tip of the African continent, not to be confused with the most southerly point which is at Cape Agulhas 170km to the east. It is said that the two oceans Indian and Atlantic meet at Cape Point and the warm Moçambique current from the east mingles with the cold Benguela current from the west, but there is no straight defining line. Cape Point is one of the greatest landmarks in the world and there could be no better place to have a meeting of two such majestic oceans.

Visitor Information Centre

To really get to know Cape Point and its attractions up close and personal, a visit to the Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre is an essential stopover. The Buffelsfontein Visitor Information Centre treats visitors to a wealth of artefact displays and audiovisual presentations. Well researched and beautifully laid out information material interprets all aspects of the area's natural and cultural wealth for you. The centre is run by staff and volunteers seven days a week from 08h00 to 17h00.

Take a leisurely drive out of the park, passing the Cape Point Ostrich Farm and Zimbabwean curios at Red Hill, until you get to the quaint village of Scarborough, home to rig-workers, artists, painting doctors, and organic food growers. The adjacent surfer mekka, Misty Cliffs, is adorned by the whitest beach in the Cape - Witsand - and is en route to Kommetjie, a seaside playground for grommets and veterans alike. Contact - Cape Point Ostrich Farm, Plateau Road, Cape Point, Cape Town, South Africa. Ask Catherina at Tel: +27 21 780 9294, Fax: +27 21 780 9009.

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