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Cape Point

Experience an end-of-the-world sensation while discovering dramatic landscapes and spotting myriad bird species at Africa’s most southwesterly point.

Spend a day exploring the majestic beaches, scenery and wildlife at Cape Point. This spectacular natural attraction sits within a UNESCO-protected reserve in the southern section of Table Mountain National Park. Cape Point marks the southwestern tip of Africa and was originally called the Cape of Storms due to the notoriously turbulent weather conditions. Walk in the footsteps of explorers, such as Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama, who navigated this treacherous coastal region in the 1400s.

From Cape Point parking lot, walk uphill or ride the funicular to a lookout point that offers exceptional panoramas. See the lighthouse that once guided ships around the cape and gaze out over the steep cliffs to the secluded bays and beaches and the deep blue water of the Atlantic Ocean. Admire the swaths of fynbos, wildflowers and rolling green hills, which stretch as far as the eye can see.

Follow paths to beaches, shipwrecks and picnic spots and discover monuments to Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama. Walk from the parking lot down to Dias Beach, where you can surf in powerful waves or trek out to the striking rocky headland of the Cape of Good Hope. Take the Shipwreck Trail to see some of the 20-plus recorded shipwrecks around the peninsula.

Keep watch for some of the varied wildlife that inhabits the area. More than 250 bird species, including eagles, ostriches and warblers, can be seen here, as can antelope, baboons and zebras. Visit from June to November for the chance to see migrating southern right whales.

Cape Point is about an 80-minute drive from Cape Town and a 40-minute drive from Simon’s Town. The most convenient way to get here is via rented car or an organized tour. Park in the main lot near the funicular’s lower station.

Cape Point is open daily from dawn until dusk and there is an admission fee. An additional fee is applicable for the funicular. Arrive at dawn to watch the sun come up over False Bay. If you plan to walk the trails then it’s recommended you wear comfortable shoes.

We understand you really want to get the most out of your time at Cape Point. So, we've put together some of the most popular things you can do here:

If you'd like even more options, examine our Cape Town things to do page.


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Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse
Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse

Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse

15 Rocklands Fynbos Estate, Simon's Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Cape Peninsula, this bed & breakfast is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Warrior Toy Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Crichton House
    Crichton House

    Crichton House

    4 Fynbos Ridge Estate, Rocklands Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cape Peninsula, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Warrior Toy Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Watercolours Studios ¥10,201
      Watercolours Studios

      Watercolours Studios

      19 Rocklands Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cape Peninsula, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Warrior Toy Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Aqua Terra ¥16,290
        Aqua Terra

        Aqua Terra

        Rocklands Rd, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cape Peninsula, this guesthouse is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Warrior Toy Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Rocklands Nest
          Rocklands Nest

          Rocklands Nest

          3 Fern Rd, Murdock Valley, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Cape Peninsula, this beach vacation home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Warrior Toy Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Watercolours House ¥12,369
            Watercolours House

            Watercolours House

            466 Main Road, Murdoch Valley, Simon's Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cape Peninsula, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fisherman's Beach and Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Warrior Toy Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Rocklands House
              Rocklands House

              Rocklands House

              1 Fern Road, Murdock Valley, Simon's Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cape Peninsula, this beach vacation home is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Warrior Toy Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                The Lookout Guesthouse ¥11,441
                The Lookout Guesthouse

                The Lookout Guesthouse

                15 Erica road, Murdock Valley South, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Cape Peninsula, this bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Warrior Toy Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).