Scenic Route is Putting it Mildly: Meet the Breathtaking Cape of Good Hope

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I was slightly disappointed to learn, upon arriving at the Cape of Good Hope, that it is not in fact the southernmost tip of the African continent.

The sheer scale of the Cape Peninsula is overwhelming

And I was slightly confused to learn that although South Africans use the terms “Cape of Good Hope” and “Cape Point” interchangeably, they are in fact two different capes completely.

But I was nothing short of delighted to find the peninsula that puts the “cape” in Cape Town, whatever you want to call it, is freaking incredible.

It might not be the ends of the Earth – or even of its own continent – but the Cape of Whatever-You-Want-To-Call-It is among of the most dramatic, haunting and evocative landscapes I’ve ever seen.

Shall we let the photos speak for themselves?

One of the first sights you see driving down the east coast of the peninsula toward the Cape is St. James, complete with colorful houses

Boulders Beach, located in Simon's Town, is a popular stop en-route to Cape Point

The trees and shrubs near the Cape of Good Hope bear the scars of high winds, which are often gale-forced

 

The landscape of Cape Point national park is stark and alien

The terrain of Cape Point national park is extremely rocky at times

There are allegedly wild baboons all over the Cape Peninsula, but I didn't see any

Coming back up the other side of the peninsula, stop at  Chapman's Peak for an awesome view of Hout Bay

No matter how extensively (or not) your trip to the Cape of Good Hope, the drive is among the most scenic in the world

Robert Schrader
Robert Schrader is a travel writer and photographer who's been roaming the world independently since 2005, writing for publications such as "CNNGo" and "Shanghaiist" along the way. His blog, Leave Your Daily Hell, provides a mix of travel advice, destination guides and personal essays covering the more esoteric aspects of life as a traveler.
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