Cape Point audio tour: Cape Point Audio Guide: Lighthouse Walk

Cape Point Audio Guide: Lighthouse Walk

Walking Tour

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45 mins
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1.8mi

About the Tour


THERE ARE TWO TOURS AVAILABLE, depending on whether you'd like to walk up to the lighthouse or catch the Flying Dutchman Funicular to the top. We suggest you download both tours now, so you can decide what you'd like to do when you get to Cape Point.


Take a scenic walk around this promontory at the tip of the Cape Peninsula with its abundant fauna, flora, and beautiful beaches.

This audio guide immerses you in the rich history of Cape Point, its lighthouses and even ghost stories and legends. It's an informative tour of an iconic South African tourist attraction.

This tour includes a leisurely stroll up to the top station, and leads you around the various lookout points up the steps to the old lighthouse, before heading back down to the parking lot on the funicular. Included in the tour is the Lighthouse Keeper’s Trail, a two-kilometer walk that takes you down a narrow path along a sheer cliff face towards the new lighthouse before returning on the funicular. This part of the walk is weather dependent.

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Cape Point

Cape Point is situated in the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park, the park includes the majestic Table Mountain chain, which stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point, managed and run by South African National Parks (SANParks). Cape Point, found at the very tip of the narrow stretch of land, dotted with beautiful valleys, bays and beaches, contains a mix of extraordinarily diverse and unique fauna and flora surrounded by scenic beauty beyond imagination.

The Cape Point Partnership – a Thebe Tourism Group company - manages the facilities at Cape Point and promotes it as one of South Africa’s key tourism attractions. Facilities include the Flying Dutchman Funicular, the Two Oceans Restaurant, Food Shop and three retail shops.

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Major Landmarks

  • Cape of Good Hope Old Lighthouse

  • New Cape Point Lighthouse

Directions to Starting Point

Option 1: Coming from Cape Town via the Atlantic side, follow the directions to Sea Point, then follow the coastal road along Camps Bay and Llandudno to arrive in Hout Bay (via the M6). From there, take Chapman’s Peak Drive, which will take you to Noordhoek. Turn right to follow the coastline to Kommetjie, Soetwater, Witsand, Misty Cliffs and Scarborough, where you then drive inland for a few kilometres. Table Mountain National Park’s entrance will be on your right.

Option 2: Coming from the Eastern Boulevard out of town, follow the directions from the M3 to Claremont. Continue on the M3 until you reach the end of the highway, then turn right and follow the Ou Kaapse Weg Pass. Drive along the route until you reach the historic naval village of Simon’s Town, pass through the town and continue along the coastal road to the entrance of Table Mountain National Park – Cape Point on your left.

Once through the gate entrance, a scenic drive through the national park leads you to the parking area at Cape Point, where the tour starts.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Pop in at the curio and logo stores at Cape Point. There’s Lighthouse 5 at the top funicular station, where you can purchase souvenirs and other memorabilia; the Curio Shop, with its array of colourful jewellery, clothing and even tableware; and the Logo Store, with Cape Point branded souvenirs. The Two Oceans restaurant offers a world-class menu with unbeatable ocean and mountain views. If you’re in the mood for a light, casual snack, The Food Shop serves sandwiches and other take-away meals.

Best time of day

The walk up holds a specific beauty in the earlier hours of the day while the park is typically quiet. The walk can be done at any time within the park's opening hours:

October - March: 6am - 6pm
April - September: 7am - 5pm

Precautions

Be careful of the local wildlife, particularly the Chacma Baboons, and please keep an eye on your personal belongings.

If the weather is turning, and visibility isn't great, please don't do the walk to the lower lighthouse.

Comments

Amazing guide

Posted by Daniel Nel , over 5 years ago
Cape Point Audio Guide: Lighthouse Walk