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Cape Point

Cape Point, Cape Town © Harvey Barrison
Cape Point, Cape Town © Harvey Barrison

Most visitors to Cape Town are keen to make the short daytrip 40 miles (65km) from the city centre to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, not only to take in its floral diversity in what at first sight appears to be a bleak landscape, but to stand at the top of the towering promontory at the most southerly point of the Cape Peninsula (not of Africa, visitors must go further afield to Cape Agulhus for this). From the viewpoint and lighthouse at Cape Point, reached via a funicular, it is awesome to watch the thundering waves crashing at the base of the cliffs 686ft (209m) below. The reserve itself is worth exploring, particularly on foot or by bicycle, for those interested in birds and botany. There are a number of beautiful walking trails, including the shipwreck trail which takes you to a few of the 26 recorded shipwrecks around Cape Point. There are also some great beaches and dive sites. The restaurant at Cape Point has a terrace offering spectacular views. Resident baboons at Cape Point enjoy the spoils from tourists' snacks and picnics and although they are fun to watch they can be quite aggressive and are ultimately dangerous animals. Because feeding of the baboons carries a stiff penalty, it is worth ensuring there are no free lunches for these hirsute scavengers!

Website: www.capepoint.co.za