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Cape of Good Hope

Feared by sailors for centuries, the jagged cliffs around the Cape of Good Hope showcase the splendour of South Africa’s native wilderness.

The Cape of Good Hope is the perfect spot for a trip away from the city. Located 50 kilometres south of Cape Town and open daily for just a small entry fee, it is a spot where history comes alive.

Sitting on the historic trading route between Europe and India, this treacherous promontory was notorious for wrecking ships as they tried to navigate its shores. Commemorated today by the Shipwreck Trail, guiding you past the sites of 26 wreck sites, this was a place of fear and trepidation for generations of sailors. To really get a sense of the ships whose fate was sealed here, you can book a diving tour which takes you right down amongst the vessels.

The site of the old lighthouse is just a short climb from the car park and provides a panoramic view of the southern Atlantic. If such exertion in the heat is not appealing, you can always opt for a ride on the Flying Dutchman Funicular, named for one of the most famous ships ever to run aground here.

The cliffs of the Cape rise majestically to 200 metres above sea level. Once at the top, keep an eye out for humpback, Bryde’s and southern right whales which pass through on their seasonal migrations. Onshore, the surrounding area is home to hundreds of species of birds and well over a thousand indigenous plant varieties. Explore one of the many hiking trails to get a closer look at these and other larger species such as the wild ostriches, baboons and cape zebras that call this place home.

It may not be the southernmost point of Africa, but when you stand at Cape Point there really is nothing but the vast expanse of ocean between you and the frozen wilds of the Antarctic. Rechristened “the most south-western point” of the continent, you can mark your visit by getting your photo taken with the iconic wooden sign.

Round off your visit with dinner on the deck at the Two Oceans Restaurant. Why not try their signature Seafood Platter as you drink in the glorious ocean view?


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Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse
Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse

Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse

15 Rocklands Fynbos Estate, Simon's Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Cape Floral Region Protected Areas are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Whale View Manor Guesthouse AU$205
    Whale View Manor Guesthouse

    Whale View Manor Guesthouse

    402 Main Road, Murdoch Valley, Simon's Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Cape Town guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fisherman's Beach and Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Cape Floral Region Protected Areas are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Crichton House
      Crichton House

      Crichton House

      4 Fynbos Ridge Estate, Rocklands Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Cape Floral Region Protected Areas are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Rocklands Bed and Breakfast AU$145
        Rocklands Bed and Breakfast

        Rocklands Bed and Breakfast

        25 Rocklands Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the ocean, this bed & breakfast is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Cape Floral Region Protected Areas are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Watercolours Studios AU$188
          Watercolours Studios

          Watercolours Studios

          19 Rocklands Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Cape Floral Region Protected Areas are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Aqua Terra AU$255
            Aqua Terra

            Aqua Terra

            Rocklands Rd, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Cape Floral Region Protected Areas are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Seagetaway
              Seagetaway

              Seagetaway

              57 Afrikander Rd, Murdoch Valley, Simon's Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Cape Town, this golf apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fisherman's Beach and Simon's Town Country Club. Boulders Beach and Cape of Good Hope are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Rocklands Nest
                Rocklands Nest

                Rocklands Nest

                3 Fern Rd, Murdock Valley, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Cape Town, this beach holiday home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Fisherman's Beach and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Boulders Beach. Simon's Town Country Club and Cape Floral Region Protected Areas are also within 3 miles (5 km).