Cape Town is famous for many things, one of which is its incredible natural scenery. Nowhere is this illustrated better than Cape Point. Situated right at the bottom of the Southern Peninsula, you’ll find a destination overflowing with natural beauty and mind blowing views. It’s no wonder Cape Point consistently ranks as one of the most popular day trips in Cape Town! It’s great to explore come rain or shine, and whether you’re a local or a visitor - this is a spot that is well worth a visit at least once in your lifetime!
Never been to Cape Point before? We’ve got the perfect guide for you! Take a look at our guide to a Cape Point day trip below and make sure you have the best possible day out along the Cape Peninsula.
Let’s get started: What is Cape Point?
Cape Point is a scenic landmass located at the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula. It’s situated in the Cape Point National Park in a section known as the Cape of Good Hope. Here, you’ll find rugged coastal beauty. Think dramatic cliffs, secluded beaches, lush fynbos and the New Cape Point Lighthouse to top it all off! The Cape of Good Hope is the most southwestern point in Africa. This scenic region is what most visitors associate with Cape Point and is a scenic destination perfect for hikes, picnics, birdwatching and admiring the impressive views.
Did you know that many people incorrectly think that Cape Point is the spot where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet and also believe that it is the southernmost point in Africa? Cape Agulhas (220km from Cape Town) is in fact where the two oceans meet and is Africa’s southernmost point.
Where is Cape Point?
Cape Point is +-60km from Cape Town city centre and, as mentioned above, is located in the Cape Point National Park.
How do I get there?
You can get to Cape Point either by driving your own car, embarking on a private day trip, catching a City Sightseeing bus - which includes an audio guided tour and a stop at Boulders Beach to see the resident penguins!) The entrance gate to Cape Point National Park is approximately a one hour drive from the centre of Cape Town. Add in more time for a leisurely drive through the national park to Cape Point itself.
What is there to do at Cape Point?
There are tons of exciting activities to enjoy during a day trip to Cape Point! The most popular activities include enjoying the views, hikes, picnics and wildlife watching. When arriving at the Cape Point parking lot, the first thing most visitors do is visit the Old Lighthouse. You can make your way up to the lighthouse either by walking or by catching the Flying Dutchman funicular. The walk is quite steep in areas so the funicular is a great option for people who might not be up to the walk.
Hiking at Cape Point is a beautiful way to experience nature! The most popular hikes include the
Lighthouse Keeper’s Trail which is an easy +-2km hike which takes about an hour to complete. The Shipwreck Trails are also popular. Several shipwrecks are dotted along the coast and the trails offer great views of the scenery. The Thomas T Tucker trail is another accessible walk - 3km which takes approximately an hour and a half to complete. Take a look at the Cape Point website to find out about more excellent hikes.
The beaches at Cape Point are some of the most beautiful in the cape! Dias Beach, Bordjiesdrif
Beach and Buffels Bay are great spots for paddling in the shallows, picnicking and relaxing. The Two Oceans Restaurant is a great option for lunch. Grab a table near the windows and enjoy the panoramic views over False Bay with your meal.
The Cape is blessed with abundant wildlife, birdlife and plant life - and Cape Point is one of the best places to enjoy the local flora and fauna. Birdwatchers should keep their eyes to the sky to catch sight of species like the Cape Sugarbird, the Orange-breasted Sunbird and many, many more as the area is excellent for birdwatching. With regards to wildlife, you can spot animals such as baboons, ostriches, cape foxes, antelope and more. The baboons often venture into the areas that humans frequent so do be careful and keep your distance if you cross paths with any as these are wild animals.
When is the best time to visit Cape Point?
One of the best things about Cape Point is that you can visit it year round. Different seasons offer different experiences of the area. In the summer, enjoy sunshine filled days, hot weather and the chance to enjoy the beaches. You’ll see Cape Point under clear skies and drenched in sunlight, and bright blue waves lapping at the shore. Cape Town summers are very hot so be sure to stay hydrated and pack adequate sun protection. Spring and autumn bring mild weather and warm days. It’s slightly cooler than in summer so this is a great time to explore the hiking trails. Winter is when the weather becomes “moody” and really amps up the dramatic aspects of the scenery! During winter, admire the striking cliffs, crashing waves and rugged coastline under tumbling columns of clouds. Winter is also Cape Town’s rainy season so it’s a good idea to pack a rain jacket or umbrella and dress warmly.
Keen for the chance to see some whales? Visit between May and October as these months offer the best opportunity for whale watching along the coastline.
What can I expect from a Cape Point Day Trip?
This blog writer was lucky enough to enjoy a Cape Point day trip recently, on a crisp winter’s day. After a scenic road trip to the southern peninsula through quaint destinations including Noordhoek and Scarborough, arriving at the most southwestern point in Africa is truly impressive! The drive from the entrance gate to the Old Lighthouse is filled with winding roads lined with indigenous fynbos. The rolling hills stretch for kilometers and it really does feel like being at the edge of the world! The walk up to the Old Lighthouse is a must, purely for the views! Our group took the footpath to the top - be warned, it can feel like quite a trek at times due to the steepness - however, if you take it slowly, it is manageable and the views from the top are worth it!
The rest of the day can be spent exploring the walking and hiking trails, enjoying some food at the Two Oceans Restaurant and even making the journey to one of the beautiful beaches!
How much does it cost to visit Cape Point?
Tickets for South Africans are R90 for adults and R45 for kids. Standard tickets cost R360 for adults and R180 for kids. SADC nationals will pay R180 for adults and R90 for kids. Please note you will need your ID for entry. More info on tickets can be found on the website. Please also check the website for various opening times.
Treat yourself to a visit to Cape Point at any time of year. Whether you’re on the hunt for moody winter scenes or the bright rays of summer, this is a destination that won’t disappoint!