Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point#8 in Best Things To Do in Cape Town
Extending south from Cape Town is the Cape of Good Hope, the peninsula that divides the Atlantic Ocean and False Bay (featuring numerous beautiful beaches as a result). Formerly an independent nature reserve, the Cape now lays encompassed by Table Mountain National Park and features miles of tranquil walking trails lined with fynbos (a colorful shrub-like plant). While exploring the Cape of Good Hope, you're bound to run into some of the region's full-time residents, which include ostriches and baboons. But the highlight here is Cape Point, a jagged, narrow strip of land that juts out into the Atlantic and acts as the continent's southwestern-most point. Although the official "tip of Africa" is actually located about 100 miles southeast at Cape Agulhas, standing on the edge of Cape Point will feel like you've reached the edge of the world.
Recent visitors claim that the views from the Cape are unparalleled. According to one TripAdvisor user, this is "perhaps the most amazing sight on the planet (if you like seascapes). Wow is an understatement. It is a bit windswept so bring a jacket. And a good camera."
The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point is a bit of a trek from central Cape Town: The nearly 40-mile drive will take roughly an hour. But previous visitors insist the trip is worth it. The Cape is open every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. between October and March and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. between April and September. This is one of the few areas of Table Mountain National Park that requires a conservation fee; the cost is 85 ZAR (about $11 USD) for adults and 30 ZAR (roughly $4 USD) for children. To find out more, visit the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point website.
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#1 Table Mountain
Easily the city's most recognizable landmark, Table Mountain towers over Cape Town just south of the city center. Having earned its name from its unique, flat-topped shape, the mountain is the most popular attraction found within Table Mountain National Park (which encompasses other top attractions like Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope).
There are numerous ways to experience Table Mountain. Adventurous travelers can hike to the summit along one of the mountains numerous trails, although the region's fickle weather can turn an on-foot excursion into an unpleasant, muddy walk. Recent travelers strongly recommend using the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway instead. These suspended cable cars rotate 360 degrees, offering passengers spectacular views of the city and the ocean. According to one TripAdvisor user, "We had to queue for over an hour to get our tickets so recommend booking on-line. The cable car floor rotates so everyone get a chance to see the views."
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