Visit the “Fairest Cape in all the World” according to explorer Sir Francis Drake and admire one of South Africa’s most popular destinations from natural landscape to wildlife galore.

The Cape of Good Hope was named by Portugal's King John II, however, that wasn’t its original name. The area has seduced sailors from around the world, earning the name of “fairest cape,” to “the cape of storms.” At the Cape Point Nature Reserve, you can see Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, witness the beautiful flora and fauna of the national park, and admire the breath-taking views over the spectacular bay. The Cape has something for everyone – especially outdoor enthusiasts – from hiking and cycling, to surfing and fishing, so make sure you pack a picnic to last you through the day, you’ll never want to leave!

Please note: You must pickup original tickets from Beach Hut Ice Cream parlour in Simonstown, approximately 200m from the entrance to the Boulders Penguin Colony or from the Cape Point Ostrich farm (close to Cape Point entrance).
Address: 6 Kleintuin Rd Simon's Town Cape Town 7995 South Africa  

Highlights:

  • Wildlife: eland, red hartebeest, bontebok and zebra
  • Birds: oystercatchers, cormorant, and penguins
  • Hiking, surfing, angling, picnicking, beaching and cycling
  • Guided walks
  • Lighthouses for panoramic views
  • Views of Table Mountain

Did you know:

  • The lighthouses you can visit in the Cape are located at the most south-western point in Africa – and is still fully functional
  • The Portuguese King changed the name from the “Cape of Storms” to the “Cape of Good Hope” to let other colonial explorers know they were close to the sea route to India
  • In Simmons Town, on the Cape, you’ll find a large colony of land-based endangered African Penguins, one of the few left in the world
  • Afrikaans is the most spoken language in the Western Cape, before Xhosa and English
  • The Cape played an important role in South African history as it was a stopping point for trading ships sailing between Europe and European colonies in the east
  • ‘The Cape of Good Hope’ is also known locally as ‘The Cape’ and in Afrikaans as ‘Kaap die Goeie Hoop’

The Experience:

Outdoor Enthusiasts

For those who like to spend time in nature, the Cape Point Nature Reserve is a must. The area offers hiking trails and cycling routes to take you through woodland and brush to see all manner of wildlife from Eland, Red Hartebeest, Bontebok and Zebra, native to South Africa, as well as over 250 bird species including endangered African penguins. There are also free guided walks offered at Cape Point on selected Sundays (please check the schedule in advance). Should you prefer to spend more time by the sea, the cape has it all. Surfers flock to the waves, while fishermen line the shore angling for their catch. The beach and fenced-off area within the National Park is a beautiful place to lay out a picnic and spend all day in the sun with the mountains as your backdrop and spectacular coastline out in front.

Views

Visit the most south-westerly point in Africa to top off your time at Cape Point Nature Reserve. There are two lighthouses which offer incredible views over the bay and surrounding area and one is even still in use today. You can either access them by foot if you want to enjoy a scenic walk up, or you can ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular to the top to enjoy the unspoilt panoramas. Look out across the bay and the vast Southern and South Atlantic Oceans. Cast your imagination back in time and think of the explorers from centuries before arriving into Cape Town, following the flicker of that beaming light…

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Winter (April - September)
Monday 07.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 07.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 07.00 - 17.00
Thursday 07.00 - 17.00
Friday 07.00 - 17.00
Saturday 07.00 - 17.00
Sunday 07.00 - 17.00
Summer (October - March)
Monday 06.00 - 18.00
Tuesday 06.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 06.00 - 18.00
Thursday 06.00 - 18.00
Friday 06.00 - 18.00
Saturday 06.00 - 18.00
Sunday 06.00 - 18.00

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Address:

Cape Point Road, Cape Point National Park

Telephone:

+27 21 780 9204

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