Cape of Storms: The Shipwrecks of Cape Point

*Listen to the Cape of Storms podcast here.

The Shipwrecks of Cape Point

When he rounded Cape Point in 1580, the great English explorer Sir Francis Drake famously described it as “A most stately thing and the fairest Cape in the whole circumference of the Earth.”

Funicular down time

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, the re-opening of the funicular has been postponed to Thursday 24 August. We apologise for the inconvenience.

It’s time for the Flying Dutchman Funicular’s makeover, and unfortunately, for this hardworker to look shiny and new again, we have to keep it off the tracks for a while.

The funicular will be out of operation from the 7 to 20 August 2017.

10 things to do for #MandelaDay

What will you be doing for your 67 minutes this Mandela Day? Here are some simple ideas to get you started.

Cape of Migrants: The Story of Buffelsfontein Farm

Cape of Migrants

The Story of Buffelsfontein Farm

Land of strandlopers and lime

The jagged rocks and cliffs of Cape Point may look dangerous and inhospitable to modern visitors who feel the waves battering the cliffs and smell the spray of the salt in the air, but for our Early Stone Age ancestors that lived on the southern tip of the African continent 600,000 years ago, it was a paradise.

Listen to the stories of Cape Point : The Cape of Migrants

Cape_Point_E02 Cape of Migrants - The Story of Buffelsfontein Farm

We’ve put together a series of 12 podcasts to bring the myths, legends and true stories of Cape Point to you, wherever you are.

Cape Point winter special 2017

Once again we’re bringing the heat with our mid-year specials (1 July to 30 September 2017) where two kids (aged 6 -16) ride free on the Flying Dutchman Funicular when an adult return ticket is bought for R65.

5 interesting facts about lighthouses

The two main purposes of a lighthouse are to serve as a navigational aid and to warn boats of dangerous areas. It is like a traffic sign on the sea. Here are five other facts about lighthouses you should know.

Listen to the stories of Cape Point – Cape of lights

Cape_Point_E06 Cape of Lights - The Lighthouses of Cape Point

We’ve put together a series of 12 podcasts to bring the myths, legends and true stories of Cape Point to you, wherever you are.

In this episode, we learn about the beacons of safety and the brave men that spent a lonely existence keeping ships from ruin when rounding the Cape. We discover how a misguided position and the near-constant mists of Cape Point led to the wrecking of the Lusitania and the construction of a second lighthouse, and resulted in the most powerful light in Africa.

Listen to the rest of the stories of Cape Point here.

If you’d prefer to read this version, please click here.

Cape of Lights

The Cape Point Lighthouses

Let there be light
When the governor of the Cape gave John Osmond ownership of Cape Point’s Buffelsvlei and Uitershoek farms in 1816, he did so on one strict condition.

How to get to Cape Point

We’re often asked what’s the best way to get to Cape Point – these are the travel options available. These prices are based on rates in May 2017.