Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa along with the adjacent (and more famous) Cape of Good Hope, is a rocky promontory at the end of the mountainous Cape Peninsula. Bartholomeu Dias, the Portuguese seafarer, was the first to sail around the Cape in 1488, seeking a sea route to India. On his return voyage, which must have been particularly stormy, Dias was blown around the Cape and named it Cabo Tormentoso (Cape of Storms). King John of Portugal later gave it the name Cabo da Boa Esperança (Cape of Good Hope) after Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama successfully made it to India and back 10 years later. The journeys of these explorers led to the establishment of the Cape sea route. This meant more regular sailings around the tip and indirectly led to a number of casualties along these unpredictable shores. Today, shipwrecks and stone crosses bear testimony to the treacherous and challenging historic sea route. A lighthouse was built In 1857 on the summit of Cape Point, 238 metres above sea level. The equipment for the lighthouse had been shipped from England. However, because of its high position, clouds and fog often obscured the lighthouse. In fact, for an alarming 900 hours per year on average, its light was invisible to ships at sea at a certain angle.
After the Portuguese liner Lusitania ran aground on 18 April 1911, the lighthouse was moved to its present location above Cape Point, just 87 metres above sea-level. This is the most powerful on the South African coast. It has a range of 63 kilometres and beams out a group of three flashes of 10 million candlepower each, every 30 seconds.
Cape Point is reached via a drive though the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, the southernmost section of the Table Mountain National Park. Most visitors make straight for the Point (usually due to a lack of time), leaving the rest of the reserve pretty empty. It has fantastic scenery for those participating in active sports, be it on land or on or in the water; from scenic walks to hiking and biking, swimming in the tidal pools, diving and surfing, fishing and angling, and bird-, whale- and animal watching.
Flying Dutchman funicular
Apart from offering visitors an exciting and novel method of travel, taking the Flying Dutchman funicular saves visitors a long uphill walk from the car park to see the old lighthouse and enjoy the panoramic views. The Flying Dutchman Funicular, also known as the Cape Point Funicular, is a funicular railway located at Cape Point. It is believed to be the only commercial funicular of its type in Africa, and takes its name from the local legend of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship. The line runs from a lower station at the Cape Point car park, up an incline through dense indigenous fynbos vegetation to the upper lighthouse. The funicular leaves from the lower station every 3 minutes, comfortably accommodates 40 passengers per car, and can transport 450 persons to the upper lighthouse per hour, making it the ideal way to whisk closer to the lighthouse even during peak times. On arrival at the top, there are various scenic viewpoints, as well as short, steep climb up to the lighthouse itself. Two Ocean Restaurant
The Two Oceans Restaurant occupies an enviable position above False Bay. The restaurant is as famous for its seafood cuisine as it is for a superb wooden deck that looks out onto one of the most stunning ocean views in South Africa.
Recently refurbished , the Two Oceans Restaurant prides itself in offering the finest Cape Seafood, sublime sushi and world renowned views.