There are few things as exhilarating as standing at the base of a beautiful, 150 year old lighthouse, perched precariously high above the swirling Atlantic Ocean, and knowing that you’re at the very south western tip of Africa. Knowing that the next closest landmass, when you look across the icy seas, is Antarctica – more than 4,000 kilometres away. The panoramic views that spread out before you are breathtaking. Literally, because you’ve just earned them with a final push up the final flight of stairs from the upper funicular station. And once you’re there, it’s impossible not to spend a few silent minutes to take in the gravity of the dramatic location, before you instinctively reach for your camera.
Most visitors to Cape Point will head straight to the tip of the peninsula, hop into the famous Flying Dutchman Funicular, and then purposely stride the last few steps towards the famous lookout point from the old lighthouse. And we wouldn’t recommend starting any other way. But after that, you’ve got one of the most incredible nature reserves in the world at your disposal – salt white beaches populated only by the occasional ostrich, rogue surfer, or relic from a shipwreck past; strategic viewpoints offer you new perspectives from around the jagged cliffs; and drives, hikes and trails abound throughout the reserve, with the chance to see a multitude of rare flora and fauna, which roam freely within the reserve. And when you finally reach your breaking point after a day of exploring, you can put your feet up at the Two Oceans Restaurant – consistently rated as one of Cape Town’s top establishments thanks to its superb menu, but equally impressive location overlooking the spectacular False Bay.