When tourists come to the Mother City, there are typically a few things that top their must-see lists: Table Mountain, the Cape Winelands, and Cape Point.
A day spent in Cape Point has much to offer for tourists and locals alike
The tourist attraction is so popular, in fact, that it hit record visitor numbers in 2016 with more than a million people coming through the gates. However, make sure you set aside enough time, because the nature reserve has plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained for an entire day’s visit, and for much more after that.
First off, from the start of your visit, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for legendary ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman.
The story goes that the ship, captained by Dutchman Hendrik van der Decken, rounded the Cape on a journey home to Holland in 1641. The ship got caught in stormy weather, however Van der Decken refused to turn back. But the ship and its crew were to sail the seas forever. Over the years, some people have spotted the ship many times – the crew approaching mariners to send letters to relatives long gone.
If you can’t find it, you can also take a trip up the Flying Dutchman funicular. This is a fun way to see the best views Cape Point has to offer, though it’s not haunted.
The ride will take you to the viewing point beneath the old lighthouse, where you can see some of the most breathtaking ocean and mountain scenery in the world.
The funicular also allows you to save your feet for some walking trails accessible from the top. To view some of the 26 recorded shipwrecks around Cape Point, take a walk along the shipwreck trail. You will also find monuments to explorers like Vasco da Gama and Bartholomew Dias.
Alternatively, take any of the scenic trails to see more than 1 100 indigenous plant species (many of which grow nowhere else in the world), or look up and around for the 250 bird species that live in the area. En route, be sure to also look out for eland, bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, and other animals. If you’re visiting between June and October, you might even be lucky enough to spot whales moving past on their annual migration.
After all that walking, cool off in the tidal pools at Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay. Or for the more adventurous, bring your kayak or mountain bike along. There are also many dive sites at Cape Point. You’ll need a permit for these adrenaline-pumping activities, though.
To recharge your batteries, you can settle down for a bite to eat at the Two Oceans Restaurant overlooking False Bay, or find yourself a spot at one of the picnic sites if you brought your own lunch. Remember to purchase something from one of the gift shops to remind you of this lovely experience.
Rather than committing all of the above to memory, Cape Point offers a free audio tour – details on how to download it on their website.
Where Can I Find Some More Information On The Tours And Tickets?
Head on over to www.capepoint.co.za. Here you will find all necessary information including: visitor times, the Funicular ride, the Two Oceans Restaurant, as well as directions on how to get there.