South Africa :: Western Cape (Peninsula)
Category: Places :: Travel Region
As Cape Point is a world renowned landmark, it is a must-see for any visitor to Cape Town. At the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town, lays Cape Point. It is a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park which is a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Cape Point is home to at least 250 species of birds and a wealth of small animals such as lizards, snakes, tortoises and insects. There also are some herds of zebra, eland and a variety of other antelope. Small mammals include the Rock Hyrax (dassie), striped mouse, mongoose and otters. You can also expect to see baboons. Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres above the ocean lends spectacular beauty to the 'Cape of Good Hope'. This narrow stretch of land is dotted with beautiful valleys, bays and beaches. But his scenic beauty is not its sole allure; it is also has a rich maritime history. Named the 'Cape of Storms' by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488; Cape Point was treated with respect by sailors for centuries. By day, it was a navigational landmark and by night, and in fog, it was a sailor's worse nightmare and over the centuries the coastline was indeed littered by shipwrecks. The historical lighthouse is still one of the main attractions of Cape Point. (See w127495 for more info on the lighthouse).
There is a visitor's centre, a number of historical monuments and buildings, shipwrecks, curio shop and the Two Oceans Restaurant with a beautiful view of False Bay. You can also enjoy the many hiking trails, walks and picnic sites. Cape Point forms part of the Cape Floral Region which boasts an extraordinarily high diversity of plants, of which most are endemic. It is the smallest in size of the six recognised floral kingdoms of the world, but it is home to more than 9 000 plant species! Their opening times are from 06:00 to 18:00 (October - March) and from 07:00 to 17:00 (April - September).
|Address :||Cape Point Information Centre, Peninsula, South Africa|
|Contact :||Cape Point Information Centre|
|Tel :||+27(0)21 780 9010|
|Tel2 :||+27(0)21 780 9207|
|Fax :||+27(0)21 780 9203|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Website :||Click Here|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||MTN .Vodacom. CellC|
|Fee/s :||Conservation fees: ZAR20-ZAR80pp.|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+27(0)21 418 2852|
|Tourist Information :||Yes||Tourist Information Telephone :||+27(0)21 780 9010|
|Facilities :||Shops, General Dealer, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Restaurant, Airstrip|
|Other Facilities :||School/s. Medical Centre.|
|Hiking Trails, Fishing|
Hospital contact is for a private hospital : Sea Point Medical Centre (Pty) Ltd. Police contact +27(0)21 418 2852 is for tourist assistance in Cape Point not really SAPS. There is no hospital here but a First Aid centre.
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