What’s the fuss with Cape Point anyway? Well, it feels like you’re on the edge African continent, and the views are stunning! So if you’re visiting Cape Town in South Africa, be sure to set aside half a day to go there. Here are a few tips from my experience there that can help you prepare.
If you can, driving would be the best option, because then you can stop along the way to enjoy some of the breathtaking views. If you’ve booked a bus tour then well, try and get a window seat! I drove there via the False Bay side, and the drive was really scenic. Keep a camera handy to make sure you can take some snaps on the way. If you go during high season, be prepared to wait behind all the tour buses! When I went the first time, I sat in the car for an hour because of the long queue.
Cape Point is located in Table Mountain National Park. The entry fees aren’t expensive at all, with pricing available for SA Residents(R76), SADC Nationals(R152) and International visitors(R303). Visit the Cape Point website for up-to-date pricing depending on your nationality. You can pay by cash or card, with most international cards being widely accepted.
What to do there
You can walk up to the lighthouse, where you will see the southern-most point. I did it in sandals, but I’d recommend you wear more comfortable shoes as it is an uphill walk. It’s also pretty windy up there, so be careful with those caps and scarves. If you’re lazy to walk, you can take a ride up in the Funicular, which costs R65 one-way and R80 for a return trip.
There’s a really nice restaurant but it gets full very quickly! Probably best to call early and make a booking.
Find the shipwrecks
Yes, there are shipwrecks along the Cape Point coast. To get there, you need to look out for a sign that says “Olifantbos” just before the entrance, then turn there and follow that road until you get to the car park. It’s about 20 minutes of walking, depending on your pace. I’ll be honest, it was really windy, and for anyone who’s ever walked in sandy wind you can imagine how brutal that can be. I took my shoes off at some point because it was just easier walking the sand barefoot. But the wrecks are worth the walk. Just don’t do this on an empty stomach like I did!
There are plenty of walking trails that you can try out. I also saw some ostriches and antelope whilst in the park, so look out for those. Otherwise, there are some along the beaches, but you can ask for a full list when you arrive. I was too tired to find them all.
I would definitely recommend this experience, just make sure you have the right shoes and you don’t do it on an empty stomach! Have you been to Cape Point before? What was your experience like?