The Magic of Cape Point

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Technically the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet at Cape Agulhas, but many believe the meeting site to be at Cape Point. This indigenously picturesque landmass overlooks the powerful and impressive waters at the Cape Peninsula.

There are two points to strive towards in this area, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. The peak above Cape Point is higher, with its highest peak home to the old lighthouse. The new lighthouse is located at a lower level, closer to the sea. The older lighthouse became defunct as the conditions can often get foggy higher up meaning that ship could not see the light emitting from it.

There is a Cape Point Funicular (also known as the Flying Dutchman Funicular) which runs from a lower station at the Cape Point car park. It continues up an incline through dense fynbos vegetation all the way to the upper lighthouse.

Situated within the Table Mountain National Park and accessible from the section of the Park called the Cape of Good Hope, the area is mainly undeveloped, unspoilt and wild. It is a haven for indigenous seabirds, among other wildlife species.

Cape Point is also a site of one of the Global Atmosphere Watch’s (GAW) research station. The GAW is a global system dedicated to monitoring trends in the Earths atmosphere. Years ago Antarctica icebergs could be spied from Cape Point. When you visit the area, make sure you find a good vantage point and see if you can be the first in a long while to spot an iceberg.

If you start to feel hungry after exploring this indigenous sanctuary the Two Oceans Restaurant will sort out your rumbling stomach. From your table you’ll be able to take in magnificent views of False Bay below. After your meal you can stop off at the Buffelsfontein Visitors Centre. A medley of audiovisual presentations and artifact displays will help you get up close and personal with the attractions of Cape Point.

Photo by Vivek Chugh from here.

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