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Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope

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Cape Point is situated in the southern section of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and is accessible via the Cape of Good Hope entrance. The Cape of Good Hope itself is located at 34°21’29"S, 18°28’19"E. It is on the southwest corner of the Cape Peninsula, about 2.3km (1.4mi) west and a little south of Cape Point.

The TMNP encompasses the incredibly scenic Table Mountain Chain, which stretches from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south, as well as the seas and coastlines of the Peninsula.

The narrow stretch of land, with its beautiful valleys, bays and beaches, is surrounded by the cold Atlantic Ocean to the west and the warmer waters of False Bay and the Indian Ocean to the east. Two prominent global landmarks lie within the park’s boundaries: the majestic Table Mountain and legendary Cape of Good Hope.
 

Good Hope Cape Town

The park is recognised globally for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora. With its rugged cliffs, steep slopes and sandy flats, the TMNP is a truly remarkable natural, scenic, historical, cultural and recreational asset. Nowhere else in the world does an area of such spectacular beauty and rich biodiversity exist almost entirely within a metropolitan area: the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

Good Hope Cape Town

The TMNP also forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site comprising eight protected areas and covering 553 000ha. The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest in the world. It encompasses less than half a percent of Africa, but is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora.

20 REASONS TO VISIT CAPE POINT & CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

1. This south-westerly tip of the African continent has some of the most breathtaking ocean and mountain scenery in the world.
2. A wide variety of stunning dive sites lie waiting to be explored on both sides of the Point.
3. The Cape Point is one of few places in the world with the cleanest air and cleanest ocean.
4. Two of the planet’s mighty oceans meet here – the cold Atlantic on the west coast and the warm Indian on the east.
5. It falls within the 22 100ha Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site.
6. The Two Oceans Restaurant offers world-class cuisine and the most spectacular vistas over False Bay.
7. A brand-new funicular railway is on hand to whisk visitors to a viewpoint at the old lighthouse.
8. The area is of rich cultural and historical significance and includes monuments to early explorers such as Vasco da Gama and Bartholomeu Dias.
9. There are great swimming spots, picnic sites and walks at the Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay tidal pools.
10. The Point is home to approximately 1100 indigenous plant species, some of which occur nowhere else on Earth.
11. Whales can be seen on their annual migration past the Point, between May and November.
12. More than 250 bird species are found on the Point, from large ostriches to tiny sunbirds.
13. The vulnerable Cape mountain zebra lives here, along with a host of other antelope species and smaller indigenous creatures such as the mongoose and dassie.
14. The treacherous rocky reefs surrounding the Point are home to 26 recorded shipwrecks and many more that lie undiscovered.
15. It boasts one of the highest sea cliffs in the world, at 249m above sea level.
16. The Point offers a wide variety of scenic walks, trails and overnight hikes through natural fynbos and along sandy beaches.
17. A range of quality South African curios and Cape Point merchandise is sold at three stores on the Point.
18. Cape Point represents a unique corner of the African continent. It truly is one point with a million points of view!
19. The park offers fantastic outdoor sporting options, whether you want to go scuba diving or sea kayaking there is an activity to get your adrenalin pumping.
20. This is where the legendary ghost ship – the Flying Dutchman – has been seen by many over the years, ploughing through the ocean in full sail.