With picturesque sea-kissed mountains, that make you feel like you are approaching Dragonstone, an ocean so blue and vast it will remind you of the Caribbean, an endless array of stunning mountain scenery that disappears perfectly into the horizon, with fauna and flora so extensive and diverse, you’ll want to go back to varsity and register for a Degree in Botany & Zoology and a drive so scenic you’ll want to make a U-turn, so you can experience it all over again, there’s no way you won’t fall madly in love with Cape Point!
We went to Cape Point as part of a “school trip” tour hosted by the Association of International Students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).
The trip was scheduled for 11 am but we left an hour later (True African time!). This kind of made me upset-ish because I had left my campus (Bellville) at 10:35 and had driven like a maniac, thinking I’ll miss the bus, only to brood in the bus for a good hour!
Chapman’s Peak Drive
We used the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive. This long winding route will melt your heart. On one side, there’s the overhanging mountain rocks, that look like they might just come tumbling down any moment, and on the other side there’s the endless deep blue ocean. It’s both scary and mesmerising!
Then 2 hours 30 minutes later we arrived in Cape Point. We had stopped for about 30 mins along the way, so our unbroken journey time was just shy of 2 h.
Make sure to pull over in designated places along the route and take in the heavenly paranomic views! Your eyes, soul, heart and all will thank you.
The Amazing Cape Point!
The place was buzzing with tourists. There were many coaches and mini vans (kombis) as well as private cars, in the parking lot.
To get to the lighthouse and enjoy the paranomic views you have 2 options.
1. Hike up
You can choose to hike up (which is what we did) for about 15 good minutes. It’s quite a steep climb but with good shoes, you should be just fine.
2. Ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular
If you are either not in the mood for hiking or you are pressed for time or you just don’t want to hike, then the FUNICULAR is for you. (I thought the word “Funicular” sounded fuuny! Maybe it’s just because I can’t pronounce it!) Ok so the funicular is a cable car-like ride that will wheel you off to the top of the lighthouse.
You can purchase a return trip (R65) or one way (R50).
Yes they are everywhere and they just want food! So don’t carry your food out in the open as they will try (and usually succeed) to snatch it away from you.
How to get to Cape Point from Cape Town CBD
Cape Point is about 70 km from Town. The journey takes about ~1 h 20 min, depending on traffic. You have a few options to consider.
1. The Red Bus
2. Join a tour group
Several tour companies take people to Cape Point daily.
This way you can decide where to stop, how long to stop there, when to arrive in Cape Point, when to leave. You are in control.
4. Public transport
Cape Comoot offers a shuttle service between Green Market Square in the CBD to Cape Point for R99 (one way). They depart at 8h30 and 13h00 from the CBD and leave Cape Point at 13h00 and 17h15. You can book your time slot and date online and make sure you’re at the pick-up point.
Highlights of the trip
1. We saw a car being attacked by baboons 🤣🤣. The baboons were all over the poor car, some climbing on top and others going for the windows. For a moment there, I thought they (baboons) would pick it (car) up 😂😂😂😂
2. A lady eating a muffin and carrying a back pack fought a baboon and the baboon won! The baboon took off with the bag and the muffin!
3. The rewarding scenery at the top, at the lighthouse
Q. Is Cape Point the Southernmost tip of Africa? Where the Indian ocean meets the Atlantic ocean?
A. No. That’s Cape Agalhus . Cape Point is the most south-western part of the continent of Africa (Whatever that means)
Q. Do you see the difference between the waters of the 2 oceans (Indian and Atlantic)?
A. Not with the naked eye at least. There’s no line dividing the waters. One of the girls on the trip (A Geology student) told me that if I go under the sea and study the rocks, I’ll be able to tell the two oceans apart 🤔. Then another said if the weather is good, I should be able to see the water on one side coloured blue and on the other green 🤔🤔. But everytime I’ve been to Cape Point, the water has been uniformly coloured. Maybe it’s just my bad luck🤷🏽♀️
Q. Should I visit Cape Point?
A. Yes you should. The views are to die for!
Opening times and Rates
Cape Point is open everyday from sunrise to sunset, come thunder, come sunshine, come rainfall. But that means, in summer they open 6 am – 6 pm and in Winter they open at 7 am – 5 pm. You can check the times here.
Entrance fee: R70 per child; R135 per adult. Most tours include the entrance fee.
Funicular: R65 return, R50 one way
It gets pretty crowded at the Lighthouse. There really isn’t much space. So you can just go down the steps and enjoy the views from the viewing deck, rather.
There’s free, clean toilets at the base and a restaurant as well as souvenir shops. There’s also ample parking. So just have fun and BE HAPPY!