Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

1 Day

He who has not seen Cape Point has not seen Cape Town. Beautiful images are captured by the eyes, best interpreted by the mouth and safely preserved by the memory. The Cape Point tour gives you the best of joys, scenery and a taste of the curious history. Cape Point is the most South Western tip of the African continent, housed by the Table Mountain National Park. Cape Point is an isolated duel you would not want to miss out on, it affords visitors an opportunity to get best views of the Atlantic Ocean on the South West edge of Africa.

Places of Interest

Maidens Cove

Maiden’s Cove is a beautiful scenic lookout point nestled between Clifton’s beaches and Glen Beach in the prestigious suburb of Camps Bay in Cape Town, Western Cape. It is well renowned for its exquisite vistas of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, as well as its view of the Atlantic Ocean.

The parking and grassy area at Maiden’s Cove is a popular spot to watch the sunset, and there are braai areas for those who wish to make an evening or day of it. Dolphins can often be spotted frolicking in the water and during the months of June to November, it’s fantastic for whale watching.

Hout Bay

The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay features a cosy atmosphere, with a fireplace and live music, which is ideal for friends and families to gather. When paired with the sizzling hot food, the Bay Harbour Market promises a market experience you’ll come back to again and again.

Patrons can expect a wide variety of food offerings, live entertainment, craft beer on tap, cultural curios, organic products, proudly South African clothing items, unique artwork, and an abundance of sweet treats at the Bay Harbour Market – all set in a shabby-chic, reinvented old factory.

Chapmans Peak

‘You gotta do Chappies’ is a common refrain to hear in Cape Town. ‘Chappies’ is local speak for Chapman’s Peak Drive, and it’s one of Cape Town‘s most famous landmarks. It’s nine kilometres and 114 curves of breathtaking scenery that takes you from Noordhoek to Hout Bay or the other way around. Some say it is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

Cape of Good Hope

Along with Cape Horn, the Cape of Good Hope is one of the world’s most famous navigational landmarks. Located at the meeting point between the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans, this geographical ‘accident’ is famous for its wild seas and the violent winds which beat up against it. It is also the great gate into the “Roaring Forties”. The Cape of Good Hope marks the point where a ship begins to travel more eastward than southward. Thus, the first modern rounding of the cape in 1488 by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias was a milestone in the attempts by the Portuguese to establish direct trade relations with the Far East (although Herodotus mentioned a claim that the Phoenicians had done so far earlier). Dias called the cape Cabo das Tormentas (“Cape of Storms”; Dutch: Stormkaap), which was the original name of the “Cape of Good Hope”.

Cape Point

The lighthouse at Cape Point is the most powerful on the South African coast. It has a range of 63 kilometres, and beams out a group of three flashes of 10 million candlepower each, every 30 seconds. But, through history, mariners had taken a rather dimmer view of warning beacons around the Point.

A lighthouse was built In 1857, on Cape Point Peak, 238 metres above sea level. The equipment for the lighthouse had been shipped from England. However, because of its high position, clouds and fog often obscured the lighthouse. In fact, for an alarming 900 hours per year on average, its light was invisible to ships at sea at a certain angle.

Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach

This picturesque area, with enormous boulders dividing small, sandy coves, is home to a colony of some 3000 delightful African penguins. A boardwalk runs from the Boulders Visitor Centre at the Foxy Beach end of the protected area – part of Table Mountain National Park – to Boulders Beach, where you can get down on the sand and mingle with the waddling penguins. Don’t, however, be tempted to pet them: they have sharp beaks that can cause serious injuries.

The bulk of the colony, which has grown from just two breeding pairs in 1982, seems to prefer hanging out at Foxy Beach, where, like nonchalant, stunted supermodels, they blithely ignore the armies of camera-touting tourists snapping away on the viewing platforms. (The beach itself is off-limits to visitors.)

The aquatic birds, which are an endangered species, were formerly called jackass penguins on account of their donkey-like braying – you’ll have a chance to hear it if you turn up during the main breeding season, which peaks from March to May.

Itinerary

Day 1 :

View Clifton beach, Camps Bay and Twelve Apostles mountain range
Visit Hout Bay (take an optional boat ride to Seal Island)
Drive along Chapman’s Peak
Cape Point Nature Reserve
Cape Point Lighthouse
Cape of Good Hope
Visit Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach
Drive through Simon’s Town, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg

The Tour Includes:

  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Qualified tourist guide
  • Entrance fee to Cape Point Nature Reserve

The Tour Excludes:

  • Meals
  • Any additional purchases to the itinerary
  • Boat trip fee to Seal Island
  • Entrance fee to Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach

Questions about the Tour

How big is Cape Point Nature Reserve?

Cape Point Nature Reserve is approximately 17 750 hectares of nature reserve and home to a variety of wildlife with over 250 species of birds

What is the approximate travelling time from Cape Town City Bowl to Cape Point Nature Reserve?

Cape Point is about 70km from the CBD. Getting there by car will take about 1h20 depending on traffic.

What is the cost of the Flying Dutchman Furnicular at Cape Point Nature Reserve?

The Flying Dutchman Funicular, also known as the Cape Point Funicular, is a funicular railway located at Cape Point. The costs are:
Adult: R90 (return) / R75 (one way)
Children (age 6-16) R50 (return) / R40 (one way)
Pensioners: R55 (return) / R40 (one way)

Are the any shops at Cape Point Nature Reserve?

There are three superb stores located near the Flying Dutchman Funicular upper and lower stations at which to purchase a range of Cape Point, and traditionally South African, memorabilia, curios and souvenirs.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour