Cape Point, Cape Town
This one day trip around the Cape Peninsula was the best day of our visit to Cape Town. We are grateful to our wonderful guide and great companion for the day - a VT member Mariana known as Mvtouring. Here is a short report from the trip.
In the morning Mariana picks us up from our meeting place and we set off on our trip full of doubts because of the weather - the sky is almost black. But luckily soon clouds give way to the sun, so we are going to have a wonderful day.
Cape Peninsula stretches from Table Mountain to Cape Point. We first follow the road along its eastern side. The coastline of False Bay is beautiful - wide stretches of sandy beaches, plenty of charming villages and towns. We couldn't resist taking some pictures of colourful beach huts at St James beach although the sky is still dark. Then we visit Simon town with its picturesque harbour and a nice cafe where we have some delicious cake. Near Simon town there's Boulders beach famous for its penguins colony. Visiting the place is an unforgettable experience.
Next we head for the Cape Point - the tip of the Cape Peninsula. The landscape there is breathtaking and overwhelming - rugged cliffs and the endless ocean make you feel so small and meaningless. We drive down to the Cape of Good Hope and take pictures next to the sign with its name. Mariana proves to be looking ahead - she has a VT flag with her.
It's not the end of attractions yet. We go back to Cape Town along the western coast as Mariana wants to show us the Chapman's drive - an incredibly beautiful scenic road. The sun is slowly going down. it has ben a wonderful day. Thank you, Mariana.
I love to hear about local legends and superstitions, and this one about Cape Point is justifiably famous.
Fondest memory: The captain of the ship the Flying Dutchman, Henrik Van der Decken, became increasingly frustrated by the notorious cross-winds of the cape in the 17th century. He swore to make the crossing around the Point, even if it took forever, and he is still trying. Many people claim to have seen the phantom ship, including King George V when he served in the Royal Navy.
It is a rocky and stormy promontory at the southernmost tip of South Africa, where the Two Oceans meet.
Vasco da Gama, intrepid Portuguese mariner, sailed around the Cape to discover the ultimate route to India at the turn of the fifteenth century and to land on the sub-tropical shores of Natal which he so named in honour of Christmas Day.
On the way to the Cape, I stopped often to see the whales. The Cape Metropolitan coast offers excellent viewing of southern right whales from the shore from June to November. They can be identified by the characteristic double or V-shaped blow. Bryde's whales are found further offshore in False Bay all year round, and the orca ('killer' whale) is also occasionally seen.
There are many white-sand beaches, seclude or like this one with pastel-colored cabins. The reason of the emptiness is not the early hours but season - it was early spring!!.
Favorite thing: Explore the Cape Peninsula … a spiny ridge of mountains tails south to tumble into the sea of rocks at Cape Point … the most southerly point of the peninsula. (The most southerly point of S.A. is Cape Agulhas.) There is a large parking area … for tourists and visitors like us, a restaurant and a souvenir shop. We had a delicious lobster lunch after our hike, at the restaurant. Cape point is the meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans … the east coasts ends abruptly off the cliffs into the Indian Ocean, … whereas the west slopes more gently in ridges to the beaches and the Atlantic Ocean.
Fondest memory: That will be definitely the view of Cape Point and not me trying to look cool while battling the strong winds simultaneously. Only my gorgeous friend, Krystynn was able to strike a superstar pose while battling the strong winds. Sigh … enviously!
If you'd like to explore the south-westernmost point of the african continent and spend a very special day full of great activities, well then will be a trip to Cape Point an unforgettable experience for you.
Fondest memory: We booked our 1-day-trip to Cape Point at Adventure Village. The staff was very friendly and the whole trip was well-organised.
Location: 229 Long Street, 8000 Cape Town
Phone: (21) 424 15 80 Fax: (21) 424 15 90
I am not sure why the restaurant at Cape Point is called 'Two Oceans'... as this is NOT where the two oceans of the Atlantic and Indian meet, so why they market this area as such I do not know!
The two oceans actually meet at Cape Agulhus.
Fondest memory: This is a lovely Nature Reserve though and well worth a trip. The flora and fauna are amazing... just dont feed the baboons! You might take on more than you bargained for!
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
A nice one day trip to the southernmost point of the continent. This cape is a real legend for the sea men.
The southern tip of the Cape Peninsula actually has two points, the Cape of Good Hope and the still more southern Cape Point. However, neither of these points is the most southern tip of Africa, which lies some 150 km further south-east. There, at Cape Agulhas, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean meet, as the scientists see it.
take a scenic drive down south to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope – two separate places in close proximity, for some spectacular scenery! It is here at this place that you find the meeting point of the mighty Indian and Atlantic Oceans!!
Cape Point is indeed one of the greatest landmarks in the world and there could be no better place to have a meeting of two such majestic oceans than here!
P.S. Er.. that's me trying to strike a super-star pose... and battling the STRONG winds simultaneously! Who said being a model is easy??!! Sigh...
Fondest memory: Good tour guides are hard to come by.... Here I am, at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve with my wonderful South African guide, Deon Romijn. I have never seen a more fun, hardworking, humble and interesting person than Deon. He is really the best indeed!
Cape Point. The view is unparallelled in the world! Beware though that it can be windy (and therefore cold) so do take an anorak with you. There is also a station from where you can send e-mail greetings to your friends elsewhere together with some really great pictures.
Fondest memory: The seafood! Eating hot, freshly baked fish from Houtbay harbour ( not from the big touristy restaurant, but from a shack behind, called 'Tin Can Alley') Also loved the penguins!
Favorite thing: It was cold but it had to be done! I really wanted to say that I had been paddling in the Atlantic at the most southwesterly point in Africa. So I did!
Fondest memory: The incredible view of the blue sea, the 5 foot waves and the treacherous cliffs at Cape point!
Favorite thing: Check out the hiking trail to the Cape of Good Hope. Well, for those who do not wish to walk, you can drive as there is also a road available.
Make a trip to the Cape of Good Hope
Fondest memory: The road to the cape is really splendid, with many bays and rocks. And the vegetation near the edge is very interesting.