Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Cape Point

Cape Point, a World Heritage Site, is 65km South West of Cape Town. A spectacular reserve featuring sheer cliffs with a rugged coast line.
This protected 7750 hectares is home to a rich collection of fauna and flora, this is a nature lover's paradise.

It was this area which was given the name of Cape of Storms from Bartolomeu Dias in 1488. The point is a graveyard for many a ship. It was this graveyard hike which we visited yesterday - The Thomas Tucker Shipwreck trail, situated at Olifantsbos (Elephants Bush).
An easy walk which passes along the coast, passing the debris of those ships which have not successfully navigated the Cape of Storms.
It then turns inland, up a slight rise, from where you can take in the views of the bay and beach from above. The entire walk only took us an hour and 15 minutes, bearing in mind we do walk rather faster than average.

After our walk, we crossed over the peninsula to Borjiesrif to have lunch on the rocks. It started to rain, so we ended our picnic snuggled in the back of the Jeep, and watched the sea.
Cape Point is really a great place to spend a day, but be sure to spend some time discovering the trails and roads off the main road, you will certainly be rewarded by fantastic views and walks.


Di said...

Always loved the cape since I was little.
Such a beautiful place. Wish I could do that walk!

Juanita said...

I love Cape Point. It's easy to get lost for an entire day in all the side roads/beaches, after a trek to the top for the view.

And the drive back via Simonstown is so pretty!

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