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Cape Town International ( 60 - 70 KM )




At the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town, lies Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park; a declared Natural World Heritage Site.

Encompassing 7 750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna; abounding with buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds, Cape Point is a nature enthusiast paradise.

Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres above the sea and cutting deep into the ocean provide a spectacular background for the Parks’ rich bio-diversity. Cape Point falls within the southern section of Table Mountain National Park. The natural vegetation of the area, fynbos, comprises the smallest but richest of the world's six floral kingdoms.

The scenic beauty of Cape Point is not its sole allure; it is also an international icon of great historical interest with many a visitor drawn to the area because of its rich maritime history. Named the ‘Cape of Storms’ by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488; the ‘Point’ was treated with respect by sailors for centuries. By day, it was a navigational landmark and by night, and in fog, it was a menace beset by violent storms and dangerous rocks that over the centuries littered shipwrecks around the coastline.

In 1859 the first lighthouse was completed; it still stands at 249 metres above sea-level on the highest section of the peak and is now used as the centralised monitoring point for all the lighthouses on the coast of South Africa.

Access to this historical building is by an exhilarating ride in the wheelchair accessible Flying Dutchman funicular that transfers visitors from the lower station at 127 metres above sea level, to the upper station at 286 metres above sea level.

Table Mountain National Park
The park forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. It includes the majestic Table Mountain chain, which stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point, and the coastlines of the Cape Peninsula.

This narrow stretch of land, dotted with beautiful valleys, bays and beaches, contains a mix of extraordinarily diverse and unique fauna and flora.

15 things to do at Cape Point

Take in some of the most breathtaking ocean and mountain scenery in the world.

Ride the Flying Dutchman funicular up to the viewing point, below the old lighthouse.

Sample world-class cuisine and enjoy the most spectacular vistas over False Bay at the Two Oceans Restaurant.

Shop for curios and mementos at the three Cape Point shops.

Discover cultural and historical spots, including monuments to early explorers such as Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias.

Great swimming spots, picnic sites and walks at the Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay tidal pools.

Photograph the more than 1 100 indigenous plant species that grow nowhere else in the world.

Watch massive whales moving past Cape Point on their annual migration.

Keep an eye out for 250 bird species occurring here, including some endemic to the area.

Spot the Cape mountain zebra and the world's largest antelope, the Eland, among a variety of other fauna.

Walk the shipwreck trail to view a few of the 26 recorded shipwrecks around Cape Point.

Hike along a wide variety of scenic and overnight trails through natural fynbos and along sandy beaches.

Take part in a range of exciting outdoor activities, such as sea kayaking and mountain biking.

Explore a wide variety of stunning dive sites that lie waiting to be explored on both sides of the Point.

Always keep a lookout for the legendary ghost ship - The Flying Dutchman!

Visitors to Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) either pay a conservation fee to enter the Park at pay points (Cape Point, Boulders, Silvermine, Tokai and Oudekraal) or they may enter for free with their valid SANParks; All Parks; International All Parks Cluster Wild Cards; or the TMNP My Green Card.

My Green Card [exclusively to residents of Cape Town]

The TMNP My Green Card is available exclusively to residents of Cape Town and provides the holder with 12 free entries into any of the Table Mountain National Park’s pay points: Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point), Boulders Penguin Colony, Oudekraal and Silvermine, as well as to the braai and picnic areas at Tokai, Newlands and Perdekloof.

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