#22 Cape Point (part 1)

Cape Town Bucket List: So you might have wondered what ever happened to my Cape Town Bucket List – it is still going albeit with slightly less urgency than originally anticipated. Here is the next instalment: Cape Point. 

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Adam and I set off to Cape Point on a windy Sunday morning in November to tick off number 22 on our list – ride an ostrich at the Cape Point Ostrich Farm or, alternatively, just go to Cape Point and face off with a baboon. We thought we would film our adventures and edit it into a spectacular montage of amazing scenery and witty presenting – here is the bloopers reel.

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Not quite ready for Top Billing 🙂

Highlights:

5_Cape Point

Cape Point – Where Two Oceans Meet

1_Adam having some coffee

A much needed cup of coffee – note to self: the restaurant only opens at 09:00

2_Adam being a Baboon

We didn’t see any baboons – so Adam turned into one.

3_Just the two of us

Using the self-timer on my camera and hogging the Cape Point sign.

6_Lighthouse

Saving money and walking up to the lighthouse instead of taking the funicular.

7_Ostrich

Traffic jam: tourists spotting an ostrich on the road.

8_Bokkies on the Beach

Bokkies on the beach

9_Bokkies on the Beach

Stalking the bokkies on the beach

Experience

The photos do not do the views any justice – the scenery is truly out of this world. Even though we did not get to ride any ostriches (hence this is called Part 1 – because it is definitely still on my bucket list), we had the best time Cape Point. Plus there were quite a few hikes we decided to skip (mainly due to my short, tight skirt not being suitable for hiking) – so we will definitely head back.

The most memorable part of the day trip was a long walk along the beach: the wind was pumping and the waves crashing, yet it felt to peaceful. We did not see other people for what must have been 2 hours. We followed the tracks of some bokkies and managed to find them grazing right next to the ocean. As we approached, ever so slowly, they became aware of us but not startled. We got so close to them that I was tempted to reach out and touch them. It was just such a special experience.

Logistics

Opening Times:

Though the park opens at 06:00 (07:00 during winter months); the funicular, restaurant and curio stores only open at 09:00 – so pack your own coffee and snacks for the morning or risk facing caffeine withdrawal on the way up the hill to the lookout points.

Costs:

Entry to the Cape of Good Hope is R105 per adult (R50 for children). A return trip on the Flying Dutchman Funicular will set you back R52 (R22 for children) – however I would recommend just walking up. Seems to me the only people who used the funicular were Chinese tourists eager to snap each other doing peace signs at the top and head on to the next tourist sight.

How to see SA and save:

A great way to save money as an SA resident is to buy a Wild Card from SANParks – giving you unlimited access to most of South Africa’s premier conservation sites.

Depending on the cluster (All Parks, SANParks, Msinsi, EKZN Wildlife, CapeNature, Swaziland’s big game parks, International All Parks) and category (Individual, Couple, Family), annual memberships vary from R285 to R3,120.

We bought an All Parks Couple membership, which costs R670 p.a. and have definitely gotten our money’s worth by using it during our trip to St. Lucia and the surrounding EKZN Wildlife parks as well as during day trips to some of the CapeNature parks closer to home.

Getting there:

Getting to Cape Point

We took the scenic route once around the Cape Peninsula: Starting in Sea Point, taking the Eastern Boulevard (N2) and then M3 until the end of the highway, turning left towards Muizenberg and Fish Hoek, driving along the coast past Simon’s Town and following the coastal road to the entrance to the Table Mountain National Park. On the way back we headed through Scarborough, Misty Cliffs, Witsand, and Kommetjie to get to Noordhoek, where we took Chapman’s Peak to Hout Bay, driving along the coast past Camps Bay, Clifton and Sea Point, back to our flat.

Bring this:

  • Getting to Cape Point is quite a drive and because of the size of the park, an early start is a must – so pack tea/ coffee/ snacks for the morning.
  • We had a salad and pizza (respectively) from the small takeaway shop next door to the Two Oceans Restaurant (which only opened at 12:00) – the food was expensive and not amazing – so it is maybe a good idea to pack lunch too if you are not planning a fancier affair at the restaurant.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing you can hike in. There is a very scenic walk right to the edge of Cape Point which takes about 1,5 hours – definitely doing that next time.
  • Bring a warm top – you never know in Cape Town.

For more information, also visit:

www.capepoint.co.za

www.sanparks.co.za/wild/