The Cape of climbs

The Funicular Trams

A tough trip to the top

In 1877, the lighthouse keeper at the Cape Point lighthouse began to keep a visitor’s book. The objective was partly for his own records and amusement, and partly to reward those who had made the arduous trip.

The Flying Dutchman song

To this day, sea sailors are known to resort to the song of the Flying Dutchman whenever a storm begins to build…

The Cape of Ghosts

The legend of the Flying Dutchman

The HMS Leven’s sighting

On 8 July 1822, the Coastal Survey Ship H.M Leven rounded Cape Point on her way to map the eastern coastline of Africa.

12 interesting facts about Cape Point

Cape Point is one of the country’s most popular tourist sites, but many people who visit here are unaware of the secrets and fascinating facts that have helped to make this unique rocky promontory what it is today.
Here are 12 surprising facts you may not have known about Cape Point:

Cape Point’s shipwreck trails

Cape Point has an intriguing, albeit somewhat sombre, maritime history, and the shipwreck trails at Cape Point take you to the heart of the action.

One for the war and history buffs – Cape Point in the 20th Century

Today, Cape Point is a haven for relaxation and exciting exploration – hiking routes connect visitors to tranquil secluded beaches, a variety of wildlife roam peacefully along the open fynbos plains, and a number of dramatic viewpoints offer unique perspectives on the vast ocean surrounding the prominent peninsula. But this wasn’t always the case, and a quick look back into the mid-20th century at Cape Point reveals some fascinating details, and remnants of a wartime era, which are still visible around the park to this day.