A perfect day out to hike at Cape Point
Cape Point is a hiker’s paradise and there are a number of beautiful and manageable walks throughout the reserve. Each walk serves up a selection of panoramic ocean and mountain views, access to unspoilt beaches and the opportunity to spot some rare wildlife.
Experience the incredible nature, scenery and solitude that makes up the coastal ‘fynbos’ of Cape Point. Pick up early from your hotel and drive for an hour or so via the beautiful beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard via Chapmans Peak Drive and Noordhoek to Cape Point Nature Reserve where you will be amazed and virtually alone with the almost infinite surroundings. When starting early you have the best chance of seeing baboons, tortoises, wild buck and ostriches.
Below are some of the walks at Cape Point:
Take a walk along the empty and beautiful beaches and see the remains of the shipwrecks from a bygone era now part of the desolate scenery. Hard to imagine how better to escape from the normal day to day and to feel alone with nature – so near yet so far away.
This hike is basically flat and can be tailored in length to suit all requirements. Optimum length is between 3 – 4 hours.
Lighthouse Keeper’s Trail
This trail is often overlooked as visitors are eager to pay a visit to the iconic old lighthouse atop Cape Point, but this short trails runs below this well-known landmark and should not be missed. It begins just behind the upper funicular station and a narrow, but well-established path, will lead you along a sheer cliff-face towards the lesser-known new lighthouse. It offers a fascinating perspective of the old Cape Point lighthouse which towers many metres above and it walks through historical bunkers and beautiful fynbos until the path runs out at what feels like the very tip of Africa.
This easy hike takes approximately 1 hour return and is about 2km in length,
Cape of Good Hope Trail
This trail takes you along a well-maintained and marked boardwalk towards the famous Cape of Good Hope sign, located on the rocky shore below. This trail is popular for its accessibility and for the unsurpassed views over the pristine Diaz Beach. Make your way to the end of the trail and you will have reached the most southern point of the Cape Peninsula – an opportunity to take a photo to prove that you’ve visited the most South Western corner of Africa.
This hike is also easy taking about 2 – 3 hours return over approximately 3.5km.
This trail is a 3 hour circular route departing from the visitor centre. It is named after the old canon located at the peak. This trail provides impressive views over False Bay, Cape Point, Buffels Bay Beach and the prominent Da Gama monument. This trail requires a moderate level of fitness and is over approximately 5.5km.
Buffels Bay Beach is a hidden gem from the main tour groups and the Antoniesgat Trail departs from nearby offering beautiful views. A moderate level of fitness is required for this hike and there is an opportunity to cool off at the end of the hike in the tidal pools. This hike which is about 3.5km in length and takes about 2-3 hours return, takes you close to the action where the waves pound the peninsula and there are a number of caves and tunnels do explore en-route. The views over the bay, towards the mountains and of course towards the Cape Point Lighthouse makes this one of the most enjoyable routes.
The Gifkommetjie Trail follows the south western shores of Cape Point and offers beautiful views of the unspoilt shoreline, lush green dune vegetation and open pans and marshes. Its a great option for the moderately fit looking to get some good distance on a flat route, but can also be shortened if you’re just looking to stretch your legs away from the busier sections of Cape Point. It is an easy route taking about 2 hours return over approximately 5.5 km.
This circular route takes you parallel to the western Cape Point coastline and returns along the shore. It offers beautiful Cape Point tranquility. It is an easy hike over approximately 7km and takes about 3 hours return.
An optional extra South African picnic lunch can be purchased for R250 per person.
1 person – R2,700
2 + people – R1,400 per person
- Your qualified and experienced Tour Guide;
- Transport to and from your accommodation within the City Bowl & immediate surrounds;
- Chapmans Peak Toll fees;
- Snacks and Water on the hike;
- Entrance into Cape Point Nature Reserve (R303 pp)