Facilities

Funicular

Apart from offering visitors an exciting and novel method of travel, taking the Flying Dutchman funicular saves visitors an uphill walk from the car park to see the old lighthouse and enjoy the panoramic views.

The Flying Dutchman Funicular, also known as the Cape Point Funicular, is a funicular railway located at Cape Point. It’s the only commercial funicular of its type in Africa, and takes its name from the local legend of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship.

The line runs from a lower station at the Cape Point car park, up an incline through dense fynbos to the upper lighthouse. The funicular leaves from the lower station every three minutes, comfortably accommodates 40 passengers per car, and can transport 450 persons to the upper lighthouse per hour, making it the ideal way to whisk closer to the lighthouse even during peak times

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Rates

Flying Dutchman Funicular

Description
Adults
Kids*
Pensioners
Return Ticket R80 R35 R40
One way R65 R25

Pensioners** = Same as kids on Wednesdays**

* Children: Cape of Good Hope ages 2-12; Flying Dutchman Funicular ages 6-16 years; children under 6 ride free; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

**South African pensioners: 60+ get special funicular rates on Wednesdays. Must show identification to receive pensioner rate

Description
Adults
Kids*
Pensioners
Return Ticket R80 R35 R40
One way R65 R25

Pensioners** = See footnote below*

* Children: Cape of Good Hope ages 2-12; Flying Dutchman Funicular ages 6-16 years; children under 6 ride free; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

**South African pensioners: 60+ get special funicular rates on Wednesdays. Must show identification to receive pensioner rate

Funicular Fun Facts

  • Length of track: 585 metres
  • Height: 87 metres
  • Maximum Steepness: 16%
  • Cars: 2
  • Capacity: 40 passengers per car;
  • 450 persons per hour
  • Configuration: Single track with passing loop
  • Travel time: 3 minutes each way
  • Traction: Electricity

Legend of the Flying Dutchman

The ghostly galleon known as the Flying Dutchman has been immortalised by mariners’ accounts and by a number of sightings over the past three-and-a-half centuries. As legend has it, the Flying Dutchman was captained by a Dutchman, Hendrik van der Decken, and was headed home from Batavia (now Jakarta) to Holland in 1641. As Van der Decken approached the Cape, typically stormy weather shredded the ship’s sails and waves flooded the deck. The captain had rounded Cape Point on several occasions previously, but this time, a terrified crew implored him to turn back. He refused to submit to the elements and lashed himself to the wheel, swearing that he would sail around Cape Point, even if it took him until Doomsday.

One version of the story goes that an angel appeared on the deck and the enraged captain drew his pistol and shot her. Van der Decken’s wish to round the point was granted that night, but he and his crew were doomed to sail these waters for ever more. Over the past three-and-a-half centuries a ghostly sailing ship, that glows red in the night and has a mad, bald captain, has been sighted by a number of mariners. Those who have seen her say she lets down row-boats that approach with ghostly men aboard, desperately seeking a Good Samaritan to take their letters back home, where they haven’t been for more than 300 years. But those who entertain these approaches are doomed…

TWO OCEANS RESTAURANT

The Two Oceans Restaurant occupies an enviable position above False Bay at the southwestern tip of Africa. The restaurant is as famous for its seafood cuisine as it is for a superb wooden deck that looks out onto one of the most stunning ocean views in South Africa.

Consistently rated among the Top 10 restaurants in Cape Town by TripAdvisor, the Two Oceans Restaurant prides itself on offering fine dining with world renowned views. Reservations are highly
recommended even outside of peak season.

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Monday to Sunday 09:00 – 17:00 (kitchen closes at 16:30)

Food Shop

The Food Shop has a variety of light take-away meals and refreshments for those wanting a quick, casual bite to eat. A selection of sandwiches, pizzas, coffee and snacks is available and visitors can enjoy their meals in the outside seating area.

Stores

  • Cape Point Logo Shop
  • The Cape Point Logo Store is the ultimate souvenir shop at the Point. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of merchandise branded with the Cape Point logo, from T-shirts and fleece tops, caps and hats, mugs and teaspoons, to key rings, magnets and books. The Cape Point Certificate – the official record of a visit to Cape Point is sold here. Everyone will be able to find a memento to take home as a reminder of their visit to this beautiful place.

  • Cape Point Parks Shop
  • Cape Point falls within the Table Mountain National Park and it is the natural beauty and diversity of the floral kingdom that is celebrated in this store. Visitors can purchase bath and body products made from uniquely African extracts like rooibos and aloe; take home their own protea seeds or buy books to guide them through the flora and birds of the area. African heritage is also recognised in locally made bright ceramics and cloths. Clothing and accessories for adults and children complete the picture.

  • Lighthouse Five
  • Lighthouse Five reflects maritime history and has a distinctly nautical feel with rich dark wood fittings and polished brass. Visitors can buy ship wheels or brass bells; or take home an intricate replica of an old sailing ship or an ostrich egg decorated with old maps. Great white shark posters, shark tooth jewellery, DVDs, globes and Ngwenya glass figurines are just a few of the treasures to be found. For the kids there’s a range of soft and cuddly marine toys, bright accessories and clothes.