Cape Point Nature Reserve
Cape Point Nature Reserve
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At the tip of the Cape Peninsula, 60km SouthWest of Cape Town, lies Cape Point. Located within the southern section of Table Mountain National Park; a declared World Heritage site, as part of the Cape Floral region. The Park encompasses 7750Ha of rich and varied Fauna and Flora. Cape Point is a nature entusiast's paradise. Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres above the sea and cutting deep into the ocean provide a spectacular background for the Parks’ rich bio-diversity. The scenic beauty of Cape Point is not its sole allure; it is also an international icon of great historical interest with many a visitor drawn to the area because of its rich maritime history. Home to the Flying Dutchman Funicular and the Two Oceans restaurant.
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  • cricketttt
    Los Gatos, California20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cape Town and Beyond.
    This tour was a great way to see Cape Town and the surrounding areas all in one day. The only place that you need a little more time is the tram to Table Mountain. However, do the drive-by first to see if you would want to go back. Do not get off and stay. Otherwise, you might miss the bus or several stops if it takes longer to get back and forth between Table Mountain and the bus. Once this tour is completed, you will have seen all of the important sights in and around Cape Town. And, if you want to go back to Table Mountain, wait for the weather to clear, buy a ticket online, Uber your way there and go that day. We never got back there, by choice mostly. It was windy and cloudy, and we opted for the Aquarium, which was a good choice, walking the mall bayside, which was huge, went to the market place (which was not much to write home about after being in Cambodia). Not real big, and not the bargains you are looking for.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Andrew K
    Oxford, United Kingdom1,203 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good destination to include on a day trip south of Cape Town
    Good day out, particularly if trip includes the penguins and Chapman's Peak Drive. It took ages to buy tickets for the funicular to the lighthouse but the ride was quick once we had them. The sign at the Cape of Good Hope gets very crowded with visitors wanting photos by it. The coastline is impressive and there's lots to see in the park itself - ostriches, baboons etc
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada784 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views!
    As part of our Gate 1 tour, we visited, took the cable up to the top. Fantastic views along the ride up and there. Up there is a lighthouse that you can walk around , take pictures and enjoy the magical views.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Travelogarithms
    Westchester County, New York84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss out on this
    This is an absolute must see on your trip to Cape Town. There are many tours that can take you to this point from Cape Town and it’s about a full day tour from Capetown downtown. The views are just spectacular and if you love landscapes, and seeing gorgeous coastline on your drive, you won’t be disappointed. I would definitely put this on your list. We went just after Christmas in December 2023 and it was very very windy. to the point where if you’re walking up the steps you may easily get pushed down so would be careful with small children making this climb without holding their hand the entire way. If you have any health issues or are not in great shape, I would recommend going up and down on the cable car as the climb is very . Going up to the lighthouse is will give you the most spectacular view and is definitely worth it. The lighthouse is not handicap accessible.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 28, 2023
  • travelling veggie
    London, United Kingdom10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    stunning but great shame that cash no longer accepted here!
    Be warned: CASH NOT ACCEPTED at point of entry (hence the 4* not 5* review). We only had cash and had to ask another car queueing at the gates to pay for us with their card by giving them the exact cash. If they hadn't been so obliging, we wouldn't have been able to go, so we were very grateful. Stunning scenery and the high winds made it all the more dramatic and exhilarating. Took the funicular up to see how that was but walked back down. Lots of lovely spots for photographs around the point. Would love to explore more on foot here with more time and when less windy. Picked up some decent postcards in the shop (they also sell stamps although the on-site postbox has been closed since Covid, which is a great shame. Had some decent baboon entertainment on the drive out. We try to avoid places where cash is no longer accepted but we made an exception here as we had swaddled it in and didn't realise until we arrived. And, once inside the reserve, cash is accepted for the funicular and also in the shop. As noted by other reviewers, entry is considerably more expensive for foreigners so, if anyone in your party has any SA ID, it's worth remembering to bring it.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 27, 2024
  • Patty B
    Nashville, Tennessee1,480 contributions
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    Beautiful Scenery
    Our tour guide accompanied us through the ticketing process and entry. We found the area to be beautiful and the view of the water and coastline beautiful. The ride on the funicular was fun. We saw ostriches, but no baboons. We were a little worried about that, but none were around. It was the end of January, so not too crowded. It was quite windy.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2024
  • Simon N
    London, United Kingdom130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible scenery and views!
    The views were absolutely incredible at Cape Point! We decided to do a self drive from Cape Town which was really straight forward (it did help that cars drive on the same side as in the UK). Though not officially the furthest point South in Africa, the fact you are on the southern point on the mainland is pretty amazing. Once you reach the area, you could walk or take the funicular which we opted for and you are greeted with stunning views. Also hearing and seeing the waves crash against the cliff was spectacular. There are multiple walks you could do, such as walking right up to the tip of Cape Point. We opted for the walk to the Cape of Good Hope. Though the walk wasn't too tough, there are parts which can be a bit challenging. However, throughout the walk you are constantly surrounded by the amazing views. Definitely worth visiting if you're around Cape Town!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2024
  • Celeste V
    Centurion, South Africa21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A piece of heaven in the Cape
    This nature reserve is breathtaking. I wish I stayed longer as there is so much to do there, you could spend at least full day, if not more! You are surrounded by beauty and you feel so extroverted there. The sights are priceless and it gives you an idea of just how beautiful this part of the world is. It was a great bonding time with my family and I will definitely go again. The reserve is very well kept and it is a safe environment for everyone.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 31, 2024
  • Miranda Rodrigo
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great funicular and views
    The car park here is huge with helpful parking attendants guiding you to a space. We took the funicular up to the lighthouse (about 5 minutes up) and it was so worth it to see the views from the top. We climbed a little further up to the lighthouse (about 100 steps) - possibly not necessary as it was quite crowded up there and you could see the same view without having to climb all the steps! We had a quick bite to eat at the foot of the funicular and then took the very short car journey round to the Cape of Good Hope.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 14, 2024
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Norman B
Marske-by-the-Sea, UK38 contributions
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Mar 2020
The Table Mountain reserve management have taxed tourists by quadrupling the prices. We have just taken some friends to Cape Point and found that the new entrance price was £20 per person whilst SA residents get entrance at £4.30. The total price for the four adult entry was £80.00 for a trip along a road with a lighthouse at the end. I think that the management have been out in the sun too long. For visitors staying in Cape Town, I would recommend a lovely drive to Cape Augulas who's is actually the most " Southerly Tip of Africa". And is about the same distance.
Written March 6, 2020
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KimJ
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Obviously the setting and views are phenomenal.
But a warning to SA citizens: EVERY person in your car (including kids) must have their ID / passport with them or you pay tourist rate: R320 vs R80...
Sadly the entire place needs some care... Litter everywhere, graffiti on rocks and buildings, toilets dirty and old, fencing broken. Majority visitors were foreigners and long queues to get in so they are making alot of money... Where is the money going?
Written January 9, 2020
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Ian H
United Kingdom119 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Friends
It seems that all SA national parks charge different prices for visitors as opposed to locals. Fair enough, but of the parks we have visited (or not because of cost) the difference is way over the top, for example at Cape Point it is four times the cost to locals and for what you get it is extortion. Come on SA get your values in line or there will be many like us who will resist the rip off and travel elsewhere.
Written January 29, 2020
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anichan555
Zurich, Switzerland146 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
As this was mentioned as one of the main attractions in Cape Town, we decided to spend an afternoon there. And yes, the views are nice but I would consider the price to enter for foreigner (more than 300 Rand) way too much for what you get. There are almost no animals apart from some naughty baboons. You can walk around a bit but honestly, Cape town features a lot of nice views which mostly are for free! I would not recommend it, especially for foreigner unless pricing is adjusted
Written February 2, 2020
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msvens354347
Molndal, Sweden7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Go to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope when You are visiting Cape Town. I will recommend that You go early in the morning to avoid to get stuck in the traffic or at the gate to the National Park. If You are late and end up in the line at the gate, bring a sandwich or something else as You, of course, are prepared.

When you arrive to the parking I will advise You to have a walk up to the light house from where You will have a great view of Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. If You are lucky You will enjoy both baboons, ostriches and dazzies.

Om your way back to Cape Town, stay in Boulders Bay and meet the penguins. They are so cute and I am sure You will learn a lot when it comes to how important biodiversity is.
Written January 4, 2020
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FatMamie
London, UK86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
And this is a fantastic place. A great walk between the two lighthouses. Some great beaches and wildlife spotting. Top tip: go during the week if possible to avoid the crowds and check how windy it is going to be. Back to the cost, if your not a SA resident then it is pricey. I think the uplift from R80 to R350 each is too steep. Apart from that the views are outstanding.
Written February 13, 2020
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Tami M
Cape Town, South Africa7 contributions
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Oct 2019 • Family
Such a great spot to visit. All the scenery and wildlife makes this a great spot to go for walks. Locals should consider buying a Green Card to save on entry fees. It is available from the Simonstown Tourism Office. Just take a ID pic and about R150 to get a clip card where, with your SA ID doc, you can take your friends and family along all on the same card
Written September 26, 2020
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Linda
Kent, UK101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Quite expensive for non nationals, try and arrive early and go to the main parking area to access funicular or walk to lighthouse, beat the crowds. Toilets, cafe, restaurants, gift shop.
Walks available, often boardwalk or rougher terrain so wear trainers etc. For the fit, steps down to Dias beach and you will be rewarded!
You can then return to car to go to Cape Point for photo and viewing then by car to other places within the park, more walks/trails available.
We saw baboons, ostrich, impala, sea birds.
Beautiful views and scenery
Written February 22, 2020
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Wilson J
Miami, FL410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
Cape Point is literally the bottom of of Africa 🌍 .
This was one of the best experiences for me. My fourth time visiting South Africa, and my 3 time in Cape Town, this was actually my first time visiting Cape Point. It is about a 45 minute drive from the city. We took the scenic route to Cape Point, where we saw the mountains, the bay, and city from the mountain top so it was worth the extra 20 minutes. When we got there, security was on hand to watch your car. There is red bus (hop on, hop off tourist bus), that goes there as well. This place is fascinating. There are shops and a Cafe. There is a cost to entered the park. Non South Africa Citizens pay about R300 rands from what I remember. There is another fee if you are lazy like me and rather take the tram 🚊 up the mountain top 😉 😁. I was amused to see the Oceans (Atlantic and Indian) meet. On a good day, you can see the Oceans crash together causing this long rip current/wave. Unfortunately I didn't see this. 😕....There are plenty of hiking trails. I got plenty of souvenirs at a good price. It is worth the time.
Written April 23, 2022
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Written May 4, 2022
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Gangers&Ash
London, UK224 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Friends
This is an absolute must see when visiting Cape Town. Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope are next to one another - parking is available throughout and the admission price covers both of the above mentioned as well as all the other stop off points located on the map (given at the entry point).

There is a fairly steep uphill climb to the Cape Point lighthouse from which you can ride the funicular (we didn’t do this however). It is extremely windy so definitely take a jacket - great views of the mountains on one side, the aqua sea and the southern tip of Africa from the other side. We spotted ostriches and saw baboons along the way. The baboons walk around quite close to you and we saw a woman get tackled for her bottle of water - perhaps it’s best to hide any food and drink because they can become quite aggressive.

Cape of Good Hope is at sea level and you take pictures which read the longitude and latitude points of where you are. Again, it’s very windy so if you decide to climb the rocks towards the sea like we did, wear appropriate footwear and try not to get blown away!

Highly recommended!
Written January 29, 2020
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