"Cape Point" Cape Point Tip by cleocat

Cape Point, Cape Town: 113 reviews and 211 photos

  Dias Cross Cape Point
by cleocat

Contrary to some beliefs this is not where the two oceans meet. ( See my Aghulas page for more info)

Nevertheless Cape Point is an incredible experience. The last time we went there Chapman's Peak was closed due to rock falls and we took the road past Kommetjie and Scarborough. The whole area is a nature reserve. There is 2 200 different plant species to see as well as a lot of smaller animals.

You can take the funicular (it is a very modern bus thing that travels on tracks) to the point or take a walk. It is a bit of a climb but not the bad. The view is absolutely amazing.

There is also a restaurant and curio shop.

Stop at the Dias cross in the reserve. It is a big stone cross(see picture) that commemorates his achievements. Bartholomeu Dias, the Portuguese seafarer, was the first to sail around the Cape. This was in 1488. On his return voyage ? which must have been particularly stormy ? Dias stopped at the south-western tip of Africa, and named it Cabo Tormentoso, or Cape of Storms.

Address: Simon's Town, South Africa
Phone: 217809010
Website: http://www.capepoint.co.za

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  • Written Jul 1, 2005
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