Old Cape Point Lighthouse
Old Cape Point Lighthouse
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HippoInAction
Johannesburg, South Africa177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We were lucky to see the point itself and surrounding beaches as the weather was wet, misty and very windy. Even so it was worth the visit.

Just as well we took the Flying Dutchman Funicular which not only saved our legs up and down but saved us from getting soaked from the occasional rain.

Took some photo ‘memories’ as the weather momentarily cleared. Enjoy the natural beauty.
Written March 7, 2020
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Roddy P
Johannesburg, South Africa927 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
its a tough walk to the top. The funicular will only take you a portion of the route and you will still need to walk the last bit. Lots of steps... so take some good shoes and be sure to enjoy the different views from the look out points on the way.

If you have it in you talk the 45 minute walk from the light house down towards the point - lovely views and less people.
Written December 23, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,933 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The old Cape Point Lighthouse is already visible from the parking lot and is therefore a landmark when climbing up. Built in 1857, the lighthouse served until 1919. From an ordinary point of view, it seems surprising that this beautiful lighthouse located at the highest point (262 meters) of the cape is not operational. On the contrary, the new lighthouse, located much lower (87 meters), is a true landmark in this dangerous area for navigation. The reason for the retirement of the old lighthouse was the shipwreck of the steamship Lusitania in 1911. It was not the famous American Lusitania, the sinking of which in 1915 was one of the reasons for the entry of the United States into the war on the side of the Entente. The Portuguese Lusitania, which was going to Mozambique, ran into the Burrows Rocks, due to the fact that the navigator did not see the lighthouse, because fog often hangs at the higher level of Cape Point, which made the old lighthouse invisible to navigation. This fog often hangs even now, making the lighthouse invisible from the parking lot. I was lucky the weather was great, the old lighthouse was visible from all points. Getting to the new lighthouse is more difficult. It is accessible only to the maintenance staff and the lighthouse keeper.
Written October 28, 2022
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mrscindytravels
Palmar89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A definite day trip. Take water and don't wear sandals. We started out at the tip and walked the trail to the light house and back. In the middle is a secluded beach with a billion steps to get down to. This was awesome but that climb back up may kill ya. We didn't expect to be there so long so plan on most of the day if you plan to enjoy walking this trail. We'll definitely go back for a day the next time we're here. Don't miss it.
Written March 14, 2020
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scoope469754
San Diego, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Amazing Views, and you can hike or take the Fenicular to almost the top. The Views were breathtaking! Take your time and explore all the different little paths. Wear comfortable shoes. Don't Miss This! I reccomend doing a tour van that also takes you to Simontown for Penguins and Hout Bay, as they are all busy places with limited parking.
Written November 14, 2023
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Scott B
Edinburgh, UK138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
After lunch, a good 10-15 minute walk up the slope to the lighthouse. Definitely worth the effort, as views all the way up are spectacular. Various stopping point on route to the top. Breathtaking scenery
Written January 25, 2020
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Navigator
Johannesburg, South Africa89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
There’s an entrance fee of R72 to SA citizens and about R300 to non SA citizens. There is funicular up the lighthouse,but you can hike up to the lighthouse. You still have walk up a few stairs to the very top since the funicular doesn’t go all the way up. You are then met by what is almost a full circle of ocean. Atlantic meets Indian! It is quite beautiful and you can see where the two oceans meet. The Atlantic is calmer and darker, while the Indian has more waves and a bit lighter in color.
On my picture is the Atlantic on the left and the Indian Ocean on the right. Nothing beats seeing that view for yourself! Worth a visit!!
Written January 25, 2019
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Rene M
Perth, Australia17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Cape point you are A DISGRACE to the country and the tourist industry in South Africa
How dare you discriminate. How dare you charge 4 times more to tourists from other countries. It’s visitors from other countries that are bringing money into your country and creating more jobs. You charge R75 per person for locals (after proof of their passport or driver liscense) but you charge non South African residents R300 per person. When I enquired as to why you are charging us more than locals I was advised that’s because we have more money. Well now that I gave you R 600 ($60) of my hard earned money - guess who has more money now. Perhaps I should also educate you about discrimination as you clearly don’t understand that.

After sitting in our hot car for an hour waiting for your inefficient staff to manually charge and check payment and identification we finally entered Cape Point. After gaining entry we noticed it was a long walk up to the lighthouse. Your charge of R300 per person didn’t even include a cable ride up to the light house and you were clearly happy to rip us off again for this privilege. I am posting this to advise other overseas visitors that the monkeys that you will see on the road up to cape point are more entertaining than cape point itself. With this ridiculous over pricing and disgusting discrimination I suggest you spend your money on other wonderful places in Cape Town far more worthy of your money.
Written December 11, 2018
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VeePee
Jakarta, Indonesia168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
We were a bit late to arrive at the cape of good hope National Park and after the two hikes to the top of cape of good hope we had very little time for cape point .We decided to take the tramway-to the cape lighthouse over hiking. The tram costs 90 rand for an adult for a round trip to the top and 45 rand for a child between 2-16 years. There was how ever a free promotion for kids in June and July so we only paid 180 rand for two adults . It is a short tram ride to the top for amazing picturesque views . Once can also hike to the top if you have enough time . You will encounter a lot of baboons around this place .
Written June 13, 2019
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Eleonora CB
Miami Beach, FL40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I took the car down and I was the first one (and only one) to open the Nature Reserve...it was such a magical moment. You can hike to the lighthouse, it's a 10 minutes route but I highly recommend it.
Written January 28, 2020
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