This hike takes us to the edge of the world to the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula.
Cape point must be one of the most beautiful locations in South Africa and our circular hike shows it to you best. This is an easy hiking route, it is not steep or strenuous but there are a few uphill stretches. This is a circular hike through the Good Hope Nature Reserve.
There is a lot to offer on a Cape Point Hike. As Table Mountain steels the lime light in the northern proximity of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Points takes it in the South, not only part of the Table Mountain National park but also part of the Cape Floral Region and a World Heritage Site so be prepared to be spoilt in beauty as we wonder through the wild and unspoilt nature reserve.
The circular hike starts off at Cape Point, we leave the busy tourist hub and start our ascent up some stone steps. This is pretty much the most strenuous part of the hike, the path takes you over a rugged sandstone ridge to the top of a peak. Vasco da Gamma Peak marks a spectacular view point gazing across False Bay and up the east coast of the peninsula.
We then the decent over the other side of this peak and head for the Cape of Good Hope, we pass some overnight mountain huts and spectacular view points along the way, although these allocated viewpoints are hardly necessary as we are spoilt with views throughout this hiking route.
We then and join a path along the rocky coastline, a truly beautiful site to take in, on our left in the Nature reserve zebra , bontebok, eland, dassies, ostrich and baboons roam the fynbos filled cliffs and landscapes and to our right the coastline is filled with rock pools and little sandy beaches.
We’ll soon meet the Cape of Good Hope, another fascinating cluster of rock formations jutted out into the ocean. This point marks the most south westerly point of the African continent and a regularly visited landmark.
We then head back, this time along the western coastline of Cape Point, the scenery here is out of this world, we continue along the rugged coastline beneath the magnificent sandstone cliffs surrounding Cape Points signature beach, Diaz beach.
Best Time to hike
Hiking in the cooler mornings is recommended in the hot summer months. We like to do this one early to beat the queues entering the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve.
Meeting and Parking:
This tour picks you up at your Cape Town accommodation. We take a scenic drive to Cape Point where our hiking trip will begin. Meeting at Cape Point can also be arranged. There is a parking area at Cape point where we start the hike.
Cape Point, Cape Peninsula, Simon’s Town, 7995, South AfricaBook now!