Cape Point - one point, a million points of view

 

The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

As you probably already know, Cape Point is the tip of the Cape Peninsula but isn’t actually where two oceans meet – the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean come together at Cape Agulhas, a couple of hundred kilometres to the east. But it’s beautiful and  well worth a visit, so who really cares?

Located only 60 kilometres southwest of Cape Town and part of the Table Mountain National Park, also listed on the UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites, Cape Point is definitely an impressive sight. Steep cliffs rising more than 200 metres from the sea provide a spectacular backdrop to the areas versatile flora and fauna.

Houtbay Harbour Houtbay Harbour

I booked my trip with African Eagle, a tour operator with 20 years experience in the area. On our way here we made stops in both Hout Bay, where we saw seals gazing in the sun just outside the harbour and in Simon’s Town' Boulders Beach where a penguin colony of more than 3000 penguins reside in the beach area.

The Penguins The Penguins
 

However, the Cape’s beauty is not the only thing attracting people, the rich history also captivates the visitors. Bartolomeu Dias once named it the “Cape of Storm’s”.  During the daytime, the Cape was a navigational landmark, but  at night and in dense fog it turned into a menace, endangering the lives of sailors passing by.  

 

 

The Penguins of Boulders Beach The Penguins of Boulders Beach

 

The first lighthouse, finished in 1859, is still standing on the highest rising point, at 249 metres.  It is nowadays used as a Look-out point and a central monitoring station for all the lighthouses in South Africa. To reach it, one can hop on the Flying Dutchman Funicular, the only commercial railway of its kind in Africa.

But back to my tour... Farouk, our driver and also guide for the day, parked the minivan right in front of the famous sign: “Cape of Good Hope – the most south-western point of the African continent”. The spot was almost completely deserted, which is unusual for this famous landmark, but as it is winter season now, there are not as many tourists around as in the summer months.  I feel like I am standing at the worlds’ end and it’s a staggering feeling!  Just a little over a week ago I was still in the safety of my hometown in Sweden. Now I am here, with a camera that I keep forcing on my fellow tour participants, since I don’t have anyone else to take pictures of me posing here and there. Life as a single traveller ain’t alwasy easy ...

The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

 The day is unbelievably beautiful, the sky is clear and I have a hard time making out where the sky ends and the ocean begins, hard to believe that this is a winter's day. 

It’s time for lunch. A table is reserved for our group at the Two Oceans Restaurant. Since its opening in 1995, this restaurant has served over 2,5 million wind-whipped and rosy-cheeked visitors, before and after their journey to the pinnacle of one of South Africa’s greatest natural wonders.

The Cape of Good Hope The Cape of Good Hope

Just above False Bay, the restaurant does not only offer exquisite food, but a view that completely takes your breath away. The décor takes its cue from its surroundings, with airy, stylish interior that summons the thoughts of salty beach days. I decide to go for the restaurant’s signature dish, the renowned Seafood Platter that was even featured on the Travel Channel a while ago. This spectacular dish consists of crayfish (rock lobster), large tiger prawns, fresh fish of the day, calamari, mussels, and a traditional Cape Malay seafood curry, And of course, a glass of Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc – a perfect ending to a perfect day!

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