Place Review: Cape Point (A must-see for locals and tourists alike)

One of the many views at Cape Point South Africa

Even though I’ve lived in Cape Town my whole life, I’ve never visited Cape Point. That is, until now! On 2 January 2018 hubby and I decided to get up early and drive the 77km to the other side of the peninsula. It was definitely worth it.

Visitors to Cape Point in January 2018
Walking is the order of the day.

Cape Point is located within the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Many people believe this is where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, but this is not the case. However, there is so much to see here, from a variety of birds and other small animals such as lizards and dassies; to indigenous plants and flowers and breathtaking panoramic views for days.

View from Cape of Good Hope National Park Cape Point
Flora in abundance
Black lizard at Cape Point in Cape Town
Black girdled lizard

Free audio tour
We downloaded two audio tours from the Cape Point website the night before. The first one (and the route we chose) is the Funicular Route. We took The Flying Dutchman Funicular to the top (read more about it here) and then embarked on a hike of approximately one and a half hours. It’s really useful to listen to information about the park while hiking, and it makes the walk all the more interesting. The second audio tour is called the Lighthouse Walk.

Cost
Entry fee is R145 for adults and R75 for children. The Flying Dutchman will cost R70 for an adult return ticket and R30 for a kiddies return ticket. If you’re fit, skip the Dutchman and walk to the top!

Image of the flying dutchman trains at cape point
The Flying Dutchman. Image credit: capepoint.co.za

So much to do
In addition to the walks, you can also spend your time at the tidal pools, picnic sites, the famous Two Oceans Restaurant, museum, viewing shipwrecks or doing whale watching. Self-catering accommodation is available for those wanting a longer stay.

Cars waiting to get in to Cape Point
Tip: Get there early. When we left the park around 12:30, a long line of cars (some switched off) were queueing to get in.

Lunch time
We decided to eat at The Black Marlin Restaurant, situated just outside Simon’s Town. Even though we didn’t have a booking the maître d / manager found us a table with a great view. The food was delicious too.

Seafood at the Black Marlin Restaurant near Simon's Town

View from our table at the Black Marlin Restaurant outside Simon's Town
View from our table at the Black Marlin Restaurant outside Simon’s Town

But back to Cape Point, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Epic views at Cape Point

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