Cape of Good Hope & Cape Point
So named by Portugal’s King John II, this area has captured the imagination of European sailors such as Dias who first named it the Cape of Storms in 1488, and later in 1580 Sir Francis Drake who called it “The Fairest Cape in all the World”.
Rich in cultural and natural heritage this is one of the top tourist destinations in South Africa. Due to the variety of wildlife that occurs here it is the only section of the TMNP that is fenced and visitors should look out for Eland, Red Hartebeest, Bontebok and Zebra.
Be sure to visit the Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre that showcases all the plants and animals to look out for in a particular season and is full of informative signage. At the point, visitors are treated to excellent viewing opportunities from both lighthouses that adorn the most south western point in Africa, one still fully functional. The lighthouse is accessible by foot or one can catch the Flying Dutchman funicular to the top.
Cape of Good Hope is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and offers hiking, surfing, angling, picnicking, beaching and cycling opportunities against the spectacular backdrop of the mountains and coastline of the Cape Peninsula.
Free guided walks are offered at Cape Point on selected Sunday mornings throughout the year.
Several of the activities are regulated and require permits. Please visit the activities section for more information.
Please note we do not allow swimming at Diaz Beach due to the strong rip currents. There are no life guards on duty at any of the beaches at Cape Point.
For those who wish to grab a bite to eat or do some souvenir shopping, Cape Point Partnership runs the stunning Two Oceans Restaurant and the Tigers Eye Curio Shop.
View/Download the Cape of Good Hope & Cape Point brochure.
- Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre: Telephone: +27 (0)21 712 7471 (09:30 – 17:30, Monday to Sunday)
- Restaurant, Shops and Funicular: +27 (0)21 780 9010/9200