Cycling to the Cape
Cape Point Travel Blog› entry 33 of 34 › view all entries
Table Mountain National park comprises of more than just Table Mountain. About 85% of the whole cape is part of the national park.
The southern end of the park, Cape Point, is Cape Town's second most favourite natural feature.
The Cape of Good Hope was considered the southernmost point of the African continent (even though it is not the geographical southernmost point) and one of the toughest obstacles on the sailing route to Asia. This is the point where the warm current of the Indian ocean meets the cold current of the Atlantic, resulting in dangerous weather conditions. Through the centuries over 400 ships were wrecked in the area.
The entrance of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, the southern part of the Table Mountain National Park, marked the point where our tour stopped being a simple bus tour and turned into something more active.
We swapped the van for mountain bikes and the last 15 kilometres to the Cape were done cycling. There is good reason not to sit in a car or bus when heading to the Cape of Good Hope: the area is absolutely stunning and you are far more able to appreciate the beauty when you are outside. I must say, the weather also helped a great deal with the stunningness. The past few days the weather had been rather grey and drab, but today we had clear blue skies and a bright sun.
At the halfway point there was a little visitor's centre where we stopped for lunch. This gave us the opportunity to finally get to know our fellow travbuddies of the day: Kiwi, British and German, in all a nice little mixed bag.
After lunch we continued down to the cape, another 45 minutes downhill. Upon reaching the Cape of Good Hope we had to join the queues of Japanese for an obligatory photo moment.
The bikes went back on the trailer and we continued on foot. There is a stunning three km walkway between Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the site of the famous lighthouse. The path swirls along the cliff edge boasting stellar views of the cape, the cliffs and the two oceans.
We reached Cape Point where we were once again met by our guide who had driven the van and trailer around. He urged us to hurry; we were running behind schedule and should be on our way back to Cape Town already. Nevertheless he allowed us to take the cable car up to the lighthouse, so that we could have a quick peek from the top of Cape Point, before heading back again.
I must say that this tour, with its diversity, is probably the best way to experience Cape Point, even if the whole day was a bit rushed.
Back in Cape Town we had a few more hours to spend before we had to leave for the airport. We went to a restaurant around the corner from the Ashanti lodge, which had been recommended by our guide. However, it didn't seem all that open, so instead we went back to Arnold's. When we were there yesterday we had been given a voucher for a free bottle of wine, and hey, we're Dutch, so naturally we had to go and claim it!
And besides that, Arnold's had quite quickly become our favourite hangout in Cape Town, so it seemed fitting to have the last meal of our trip here.