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Cape Point: Visiting the Most South-Western Tip of Africa

10/18/2014



Cape Point is often confused as the most southern point in Africa, but this honor actually goes to the lesser known Cape Agulhas (more on that later).  It is, however, the most south-western point of Africa and its stunning cliffs, the strikingly blue ocean, and hills covered in fynbos are a sight not to be missed.  It is one of the richest areas for plants in the world and is home to approximately 20% of Africa's flora. 

We combined our trip to Cape Point with visiting the penguins at Boulder's Bay. Since we had left our apartment in Cape Town having only had coffee and a couple biscuits for breakfast, by the time we got to Cape Point we were starving. To top it off, the weather was pretty rainy and miserable and it was peak lunch hour so the restaurants were packed. There seems to be two places to get food inside the Cape Point Nature Reserve: a small takeout restaurant that has things like pizza and sandwiches and Two Oceans Restaurant. Two Oceans is a bit on the pricey side, but since we were desperate for a proper meal, and trying to stay on the healthier side we decided to treat ourselves. Indoor seating for the restaurant was completely full, but there was room outside which despite the rainy weather was not bad. The restaurant is supposed to have amazing views over False Bay. Unfortunately, our view that day consisted of mostly fog.  My boyfriend ordered the line fish and I stuck with the hake. Both dishes ran somewhere around R130 each. The food was tasty and well prepared, but as you might expect with a fancy restaurant, the portions were on the smaller side.

For the early explorers of South Africa, the point played an important role as a navigational landmark, but also was feared in the night and fog because its dangerous rocks caused many shipwrecks during storms.  In 1859 a lighthouse was built on the highest section of the peak. Today you can hike up to the lighthouse (or if you aren't up for the rather steep walk there is a funicular that will take you there). If you want to get away from the crowds there is a path that takes you around the edges of the cliff. By the time we did this the weather had cleared up a lot and we were rewarded with beautiful views. We were even able to see (and hear) some whales swimming in the ocean below.

After visiting Cape Point we decided to head home since we were already pretty exhausted from having left the apartment so early. I do regret not going over to the Cape of Good Hope and exploring other sections of the park, but perhaps one day I will get another chance to. 

Entrance to the park is R105 per person. It seemed a little pricey at first, but after experiencing Cape Point we would definitely say it is worth it.

*Tip: There are signs warning visitors of the baboons. This no joke. There are a lot of baboons in the park, especially at the point. They are not afraid of humans and will be aggressive. We saw one run up to a lady who was passing him and he gave her a scratch on the leg! 











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