Cape Point Dr, Cape Point, Cape Town
Named the ‘Cape of Storms’ by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, the ‘Point’ was treated with respect by sailors for centuries. During the day, it was a navigational landmark and during the night, and covered in fog, it was a menace beset by violent storms and dangerous rocks that littered shipwrecks around the coastline, over the centuries.
In 1859 the first lighthouse was completed; it still stands at 249 metres above sea-level on the highest section of the peak and is now used as the centralised monitoring point for all the lighthouses on the coast of South Africa. Access to this historical building is by a 3 minute ride in the wheelchair accessible Flying Dutchman funicular that transfers visitors from the lower station at 127 metres above sea level, to the upper station at 286 metres.
Table Mountain National Park forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. It includes the majestic Table Mountain chain, which stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point, and the coastlines of the Cape Peninsula. This narrow stretch of land, dotted with valleys, bays and beaches, contains a mix of diverse fauna and flora.
Venue: Cape Point Dr, Cape Point, Cape Town
Time: 6am – 6pm (Oct – Mar) | 7am – 5pm (Apr – Sept)
Cost: R125 | R65