Written by Ilse van den Berg, 27 May 2019
Renowned for being one of South Africa’s most iconic and historic sites, Cape Point is a must-see destination.
Whether you prefer relaxation or adventurous activities, here are the top five things to do when you visit Cape Point:
Discover the hiking trails
If you enjoy hiking, Cape Point is the perfect destination with various hiking trails catering to the super fit as well as to those who simply enjoy a leisurely stroll.
Overnight hikes include the Cape of Good Hope Trail and the Hoerikwaggo Trail.
The first follows a circular route through Cape Point Nature Reserve and is a two-day, one-night trail.
The latter starts at the southern tip of the peninsula, winds through the middle of the Table Mountain National Park, and ends in Cape Town’s city centre.
On these trails, hikers can overnight in huts in the mountain and continue the route the following day.
Short hikes include the well-known Shipwreck Trails (there are about 26 recorded shipwrecks around Cape Point, otherwise known as the Cape of Storms), the Lighthouse Keeper’s Trail, Cape of Good Hope Trail, Antoniesgat Trail, Gifkommetjie Trail, Kanonkop Trail, and Phyllisia Circuit.
Get out and about on the mountain bike routes
Cape Point Nature Reserve is a great destination for mountain biking that’s not too strenuous since most of the paths are tarred. It may not sound very appealing to those who love a challenging mountain bike trail, but the panoramic views around the tip of the peninsula are well worth it.
Take a dip in the ocean
The Cape’s waters are cold, there’s no denying that some of the best, uncrowded beaches are in and around Cape Point Nature Reserve. To name a few, there’s Buffels Beach, Diaz Beach, Maclear Beach, Olifantsbos Beach, and Platboom Beach.
Enjoy the view from the land or from the water
The main stop for many visitors is at the Two Oceans restaurant where many stop for a bite to eat before they make their way to the main lookout point for incredible photo opportunities. A completely different way to experience Cape Point’s vistas, however, is by paddling out from Simon’s Town on a sea kayak. If you decide to go kayaking, keep your eyes open for penguins and seals (and perhaps even some whales!)
Appreciate the diverse Fauna and Flora
The Cape floral kingdom is said to be the most diverse floral kingdom per square metre in the world! There are an estimated 8000 species of plants in fynbos alone. 68% of these are endemic to the Cape, and Cape Point itself has 11 endemic species. Then, apart from baboons and buck, you can also look out for some Cape Mountain zebra, mongoose, rodents, snakes, and various species of birds.
It’s easy to see why a trip to Cape Point needs to be on your bucket list!