Planning a trip to Cape Point? Here is a few suggestions for a day trip, although there is so much more to do.
Cape Point is part of the Table Mountain National Park and is a must see when in Cape Town. It is home to the most beautiful indigenous plants, animals, birds, beaches, footpaths, scenic drives, 2 lighthouses, monuments, a phantom ship, picnic and braai sites, just 70 km from Cape Town.
How to get there:
- Take the coastal road along Sea Point, Camps Bay, Llandudno to Hout Bay via the M6. From here take Chapman’s Peak Drive to Noordhoek, turn right and follow the directions through Scarborough. The entrance to the Park will be on your right. OR
- Take the M3 to the end, turn left towards Muizenberg, St James, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town. Continue along the coastal road to the entrance of the park on the left.
Unfortunately there is no public transport that goes all the way to Cape Point. Either do a self-drive, or go with a taxi or tour group.
- 07h00 to 17hoo – winter – restaurant, funicular, curio shop opens at 09h00
- 06h00 to 18h00 – summer – restaurant, funicular, curio shop opens at 09h00
- R125 – Adult,
- R65 – Child OR
- Green Card/ Wild Card
Things to see and do:
- Visit the Buffelsfontein visitor’s centre for information about the local history, plants and animals life.
- Visit the monuments of explorers Vasco da Gama and Bartholomew Dias.
- Visit the most South-Western Point in Africa and take the scenic walk for a stunning view.
- Ride The Flying Dutchman Funicular to the lookout point. R58 return for adults and R24 return for kids.
- Or walk all the way from the parking lot to the historical lighthouse.
- Enjoy the vistas from the lookout point at the upper funicular station.
- Visit the historic lighthouse and upper funicular station.Take the Light House Keepers Trail to Dias Point, a 15 minute walk. The new light house can be seen from the viewing point.
- Take a scenic drive through the park and be on the lookout for Chacma baboons, birds, zebra, ostrich, eland and dassies.
- Photograph some of the more than 1 100 indigenous plant species.
- Take a photo of the historic lime kiln.
- Picnic at Bordjiesdrif or Buffels Bay tidal pools.
- Be on the lookout for the legendary ghost ship…The Flying Dutchman…
Do wear comfortable shoes, bring along water and a jacket as it could be windy here.
All of the above landmarks can be found on the brochure/map you receive at the gate.
- Baboons are wild animals, dangerous and are attracted to food.
- DO NOT feed baboons, you will be fined. Baboons that have been receiving food from humans become aggressive and have to be destroyed.
- Do keep a safe distance and move away slowly if a baboon approaches you.
- Do not open car doors, windows or display food when baboons are present.