A trip to the Cape of Good Hope is like no other, this spectacular place is filled with the most incredible fauna and flora and breathtaking scenery of the tip of the Cape Peninsula. The Cape of Good Hope is a nature reserve that forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and is recognized globally for its amazing land formations.
Although the Cape of Good Hope is misclassified as the southernmost point of Africa–which falls to the Cape Agulhas, it is however considered the most southwestern point in Africa, with striking features as this big patch of land, juts out into the sea. The nature reserve is a floral treasure, with over 1306 species of plants and it's recognized as one of the world's six floral kingdoms.
In 1487 Bartolomeu Dias, a Portuguese explorer encountered the Peninsula on one of his many voyages. It was an amazing milestone as it marked the point where sailors no longer traveled southward but began to travel eastward, allowing for trade routes to be established with the far east. Dias named the area Cape Cabo das Tormentas, which translates to the "Cape of Storms" before it was later named the Cape of Good Hope. The Portuguese government erected a Beacon for Dias as well as one for Vasco De Gama in the region, as they were the first Europeans to reach the Cape of Good Hope. These Beacons can still be seen today.
At the Cape of Good Hope, you'll go on a short hike up to an old but famous lighthouse at Cape Point, or alternatively have the opportunity to ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular which will take you up with no sweat. As you reach the lighthouse you'll have a breathtaking 360-degree view of the region, with a view of Cape Agulhas to your east, and the tip of the Peninsula to your west alongside an incredible backdrop of deep blue waters as far as the eye can see.
You won't just get a chance to see the tip of the Cape Peninsula, you'll be taken to the point and get a chance to take a picture on the iconic name board with the description, "Cape of Good Hope the most south-western point of the African continent". You can also enjoy other activities in the region such as wildlife sightings including animals such as Ostriches, Baboons, Zebras, Elands, and more.
The weather is good all year round at the Cape of Good Hope as this region enjoys a warm summer Mediterranean climate. However, the best time to visit the Cape of Good Hope is between December to April, as these are warm summer months which makes for a fantastic time outdoors.
As a top touring company, we offer our guests unique combinations of experiences as they visit the Cape of Good Hope. You can enjoy a private or shared tour as you depart from Cape Town and enjoy a spectacular drive across the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. Along this drive, accompanied by a professional tour guide, you'll marvel at the Atlantic seaboard as you are driven along the coastline. You'll see amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and incredible views of mountainous regions such as the twelve apostles. You'll even get to drive around the 114 curves of the famous Chapmans Peak drive. This is one of the most exhilarating drives you'll ever experience.
After your visit to the Cape of Good Hope, you can expect another amazing adventure as you journey to the other side of the Peninsula where you'll witness the historic Simon's Town, a naval base town with Victorian-style architecture. Here you'll get to visit the Penguin's Colony at Boulders Beach where you'll get to admire these amazing little creatures.
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