Just 20km from Simon’s Town lies Cape Point, the south-westerly tip of Africa. It is surrounded by this vast 7750-hectare nature reserve, which is part of Table Mountain National Park. Besides the treacherous rocky pinnacle itself at the Point, which towers over the end of the Cape Peninsula, the Reserve is rich in flora and fauna, and there is a network of hiking trails from which to smell the fynbos and the sea, and observe wild buck, duiker, ostrich, the Cape mountain zebra, baboons and other wildlife in their natural habitat. With much to see and do here, be sure to reserve a day to see this Reserve, which is part of the Cape Floral region, the smallest but richest of the world’s six flora kingdoms.
Cape Point Nature Reserve is open daily. Walk or take the Flying Dutchman Funicular up to the 1859 navigational landmark, 249 metres above sea level. The Two Oceans Restaurant offers views or False Bay as well as seafood and other fare, and there are a number of beautiful picnic areas. Hiking, cycling, birding, and diving are all available. www.capepoint.co.za.
Cape Point Ostrich Farm – Just beyond the Cape Point turn-off lies this ostrich breeding farm with guided tours and a shop selling a variety of ostrich leather, feather and egg products.