Cape Point / Cape of Good Hope

John and I took another trip down to the Western Cape of South Africa in March 2015.

Cape of Good Hope

On one of our days we visited Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town and The Cape Peninsula.


Cape of Good Hope

You can read about our time with the penguins at Boulders Beach HERE.

Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope are part of Table Mountain National Park.

Cape of Good Hope

Cape Point is located at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula.

Cape of Good Hope

This is where you will find the Cape Point Lighthouse.

Cape of Good Hope

Actually, this is the old lighthouse.

Cape of Good Hope

It was decommissioned after Portuguese liner, the Lusitania, crashed under its guidance.

The Old Cape Point Lighthouse stands 87 meters above its replacement and offers amazing views of the Atlantic and the Cape Peninsula.

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

You can take the Flying Dutchman funicular to the top for a small fee, but we decided to walk.

Cape Town

It isn’t a difficult walk and there are several places to stop along the way to enjoy the view.

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

The old iron lighthouse was built in 1857 and shone from 1860 until 1919.

Cape of Good Hope

From the top you can see how far you are from other popular cities in the world.

Cape of Good Hope

Our next stop was the Cape of Good Hope.

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

It is an easy 9 minute drive from the lighthouse and if you’re lucky, you’ll see a few baboons along the way.

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

The last time we visited the Cape of Good Hope in 2011, the fog rolled in and we weren’t able to see much of anything.

That wasn’t the case this time.

Cape of Good Hope

And we were thrilled!

Cape of Good Hope

We saw some people way up high on the rocks:

Cape of Good Hope

So we followed the path to get there.

Cape of Good Hope

I hiked it in sandals so don’t let the climb intimidate you. It’s just high.

Cape of Good Hope

And the views from up there are magnificent!

Cape of Good Hope

Look closely at the photo above and you can see the New and Old Cape Point Lighthouses in the distance.

We stayed up there for awhile just trying to soak it all in.

Cape of Good Hope

This is another one of those surreal moments in my life when I find myself shaking my head in disbelief.

Cape of Good Hope

Here we are hanging out at the tip of that funky chunk of land that sticks out from the continent of Africa.

Times like this I put my camera away so I can fully experience the moment.

The sounds.

The smells.

The energy.

We hiked back down and enjoyed the powerful waves crashing against the rocks before driving back to Stellenbosch.

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

We had such a beautiful afternoon exploring the Cape Peninsula.

Cape of Good Hope

When your travels take you to Cape Town, be sure to take a drive to the Cape Peninsula and visit Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.

Cape of Good Hope

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Cape of Good Hope

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