Road trip around the South-Western point of Africa

Staying on the Southern part of Africa can provide one with some impressive scenery.  Cape Point, the most South-Western tip of Africa, is an easy drive from Cape Town with beautiful views of the ocean lapping at jagged cliffs.  The blue waters laced with green currents sparkles in the sun with a slightly ominous glare that will reach the depths of your soul.

capepoint1We started our drive from the quaint little coastal town of Kalk Bay, driving through Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town.  Cape Point is located as a part of the Table Mountain National Park and the reserve offers outdoor activities for enthusiasts of all kinds.  We decided to do just a drive through the park and take some photos.  There’s hiking trails, surfing, biking, beaches and picnics to be enjoyed.  The park is large enough to escape from the busloads of foreign tourists and find your own little spot of happiness with a view.  The drive up to the point surprises with a different view around every corner and soon you start to realize you really are on the edge of a continent.

Upon entering the park we were greeted by a welcome party of baboons lazing out in the sun.

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We drove up the point where you then have the option to hike up a gazillion steps or take the funicular directly up to the point.  We opted for the cute ‘Flying Dutchman’ that crept slowly up towards the point.  It was extremely windy up there but the views were spectacular!

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I love how nature can surprise me, even when you know what to expect.  It’s difficult to describe the greatness of powerful rhythmic waves crashing into the Cape, sticking out of Africa’s side like a giant thorn.  Some of the hardest sailor’s in history has passed through the seas here and I can comprehend why the Portuguese sailor Bartolomeu Dias named it the Cape of Storms.  I don’t even want to imagine being a sailor on a ratty wooden ship, sailing for months and then running into the hazardous ocean currents around the Cape.

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A lighthouse was built later on and the point was also used as lookout and canon points during World War I.  One can drive/walk/cycle around the reserve and it will keep you busy for hours, especially if you’re a lover of nature, wide open spaces and fresh air.  There’s also a tourist shop and a restaurant for those who feel the impulse of retail.  If you’re in Cape Town this is a must see.  Grab a few friends for an early morning hike or a picnic on the beach.  A few hours in the company of nature ultimately unwinds the soul from the routine everyday life.

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Shared on Travel Tuesday by Bumble Bee Mum

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19 thoughts on “Road trip around the South-Western point of Africa

  1. It’ll be 10 years this Sept since I was there. Had a baboon climb onto the roof of our car – had to drive off slowly to shake him off! Such a beautiful part of your country. Your photos brought back great memories.

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  2. This is such a jaw-dropping part of South Africa! Looking at the scene of mountains meeting shoreline I too wonder what those sailors of long ago thought when they finally met this landscape after months at sea.

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