Cape Point, Cape Town

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Cape Point, Cape Town
Cape Point, Cape Town © Harvey Barrison

Cape Point

Most visitors to Cape Town are keen to make the short, 40 mile (65km) daytip from the city centre to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The land at first appears bleak, but visitors will soon discover a region rich in floral diversity. They will also stand atop the towering promontory at the most southerly point of the Cape Peninsula. Those who wish to venture to the most southerly point of Africa will have to journey further to Cape Agulhas. From the viewpoint and lighthouse at Cape Point, reached via a funicular, it is awesome to watch the thundering waves crashing at the base of the cliffs 686ft (209m) below. The reserve itself is worth exploring, particularly on foot or by bicycle, for those interested in birds and botany. There are a number of beautiful walking trails, including the shipwreck trail which takes you to a few of the 26 recorded shipwrecks around Cape Point. There are also some great beaches and dive sites. The restaurant at Cape Point has a terrace offering spectacular views while resident baboons at Cape Point enjoy the spoils from tourists' snacks and picnics. Although they are fun to watch, they can be quite aggressive and are dangerous animals. Because feeding of the baboons carries a stiff penalty, it is worth ensuring there are no free lunches for these hirsute scavengers.