Check Out Cape Point

07 September 2021

Cape Point is a spectacular sight with towering stone cliffs, endemic fynbos, breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys, just 60km outside Cape Town.

Getting there

Take the double decker City Sightseeing‘s Cape Point Explorer, with a convenient (not to mention cute) penguin viewing stop at Boulders Beach on the way. This will allow you to enjoy the fantastic Cape Town views.  Speak to your Travel Counsellor if you would like to hire a car or arrange a guided tour.

The Funicular / Flying Dutchman

Named after the legend of a ghost ship haunting the area, the Flying Dutchman departs every three minutes and transports you from the car park to the upper lighthouse.  The tram is locally made, environmentally friendly and can transport 450 people an hour. It’s a steep walk up if you choose to go the pedestrian route, but the views are so exhilarating you’ll hardly realise you’re exercising. A walk up and a Funicular trip down is the best of both worlds.

When Hunger Calls

Pack your own picnic with all your favourite foods and spend the day snacking at Cape Point. Just be wary of the eager birds and baboons who do not adhere to any normal level of politeness.

Cape Town. Cape Point. Aerial. At the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Early morning. RSA.
©Alain Proust/iAfrika Photos

Must-See Sights

Both the old and new lighthouses are quite a sight to behold. The Old Lighthouse, 238m above sea level, is easily accessible from the trail and funicular. The New Lighthouse, constructed in 1919 and electrified in 1936, is the most powerful light in Africa with a candlepower of 19 million. It’s an estimated 1.5h walk to the new lighthouse via the Lighthouse Keepers trail. From here you’ll get a great view of the 200m cliff face towering out of the ocean with the Old Lighthouse perched at the top.

Look out, too, for pelagic birds of which there are a large variety, zebra, eland, and the many species of reptiles and small mammals. Chacma baboons are common here, especially at the point itself.

The Audio Tour

Myth, legends, facts and fiction about this iconic spot all come to life on the official Cape Point Audio Tour. There’s are two free options and it’s highly recommended that you download the app VoiceMap City Tours and the audio guides before departing for Cape Point as the signal is not always dependable. Speak to your Travel Counsellor to find out more about the audio tour.

Let's Go Shopping

There are three wonderful stores where you can shop for memorabilia, curios and keepsakes. You can even send a postcard from the upper-level shop to share what you’ve experienced with those at home. For everyone else, there’s Instagram – don’t forget to use #lovecapetown and #TCExperience

Need some more holiday inspiration? Watch our Cape Town Film

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Photo Credit: Cape Town Tourism

Disclaimer: While we strive to ensure all information is up to date and current, changes in government Covid 19 regulations are out of our control and may impact some information. Please speak to your Travel Counsellor should you have any questions.

Speak to your Travel Counsellor for ideas, inspiration and insider tips to craft the perfect Cape Town Holiday Experience.  A trip to Cape Point is an absolute must. Remember that your Travel Counsellor is on hand ready to assist you before, during and even after your trip.  Share your Photos of your Cape Town experience and use the #lovecapetown and #TCExperience

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