Hiking trails wind through lush valleys and secluded beaches in the 19,000-acre (7689-hectare) reserve. Known for its biodiversity, the area houses roughly 250 species of birds, 1,100 species of indigenous plants, and a variety of antelope, reptiles, and amphibians. In addition to natural beauty, Cape Point also boasts two historic lighthouses, both accessible on foot.
Visit the reserve on a day trip from Cape Town, combine with wine tasting in Constantia Valley, cruise the coastal roads in a sidecar, or view the point from above on a helicopter tour. Many tours also include visits to small beach towns and local vineyards.
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Things to Know Before You Go
The reserve is perfect for nature lovers, photographers, and maritime history fans.
A funicular provides access to the old lighthouse and clifftops for those not up for a hike.
On-site amenities include three shops and a restaurant.
Beware of overly friendly baboons who are quick to snag food.
Wear sturdy shoes for exploring the steep trails and rocky shorelines.
How to Get There
Located 43 miles (70 kilometers) southwest of Cape Town, the reserve is a popular day trip destination. Visit on a guided tour that departs from the city or travel independently by car, bus, or taxi. The road along False Bay is almost as stunning as the destination itself, so be sure to explore the area’s quaint beach towns and stop to see Africa’s famous penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
When to Get There
The park is open daily from the morning until the early evening, with slightly longer opening hours from October through March. Get to the park when it first opens to beat the crowds and watch the sunrise over False Bay. For the best chance of seeing whales, visit between June and October.
Shipwrecks at Cape Point
To see the point’s chaotic maritime history first-hand, take a walk along one of the shipwreck trails. The Thomas T. Tucker and Sirkelsvlei trails will take you past numerous wrecks left behind on the rocky shoreline. The trails range from roughly 2–5 miles (3–7 kilometers) in length and include uneven, rocky terrain.
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