Listen to the stories of Cape Point – Cape of Flames

Cape_Point_E12 Cape of Flames - Fires, Fynbos, and Fire-Stick Farmers

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 of Flora – Cape Point’s fynbos

Hugh Taylor: The Fynbos Man

The Shack
The story of one of South Africa’s greatest botanists starts on the wind and wave-scoured plains and outcrops of Cape Point. He was a man so comfortable in nature that he would regularly fall asleep under a tree after lunch. A man whose instinct for plants began here, and brought him back here time and again.

Cape Point fires

Here’s a selection of great fire and firefighting shots taken by Cathy Withers-Clarke, a South African nature photographer and regular at Cape Point.

Why you need a My Green Card

The TMNP My Green Card is available exclusively to South African residents of Cape Town, and provides the holder with 12 free entries into any of the Table Mountain National Park’s pay points.

Cape of flames

Fires, fynbos and ‘fire stick’ farmers

Fighting fire
It was 11am when Dean Harrison’s team got the call.  They were working in Tokai, battling the huge Cape wildfire of March 2015 that had started in the mountains above Muizenberg and spread as far as Constantia and Chapman’s Peak. The team of ten brave souls had been at it for four days in a row, grinding out 12 hour shifts in the crucible of smoke and heat.

The Cape Point Explorer bus

Cape Point now has its own dedicated “Red Bus”.

The Cape Point Explorer is a full day’s excursion with an English-speaking guide aboard a luxury air-conditioned coach, featuring a drive through picturesque Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and a visit to Boulders Beach with its famous colony of African penguins. The tour then continues to Cape Point, with an optional hike to the Cape of Good Hope headland.

The Cape of Pioneers

The Rounding of Cape Point

Part 1: The first attempt – Bartolomeu Dias

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the first sailing ship to have rounded the Cape of Good Hope, is that it didn’t.

 

20 Days, 20 Deals at Cape Point

The funicular turns 20 in less than a month and to celebrate, we’re doing giveaways, discounts, freebies, and loads of deals. Between 26 November and 16 December early birds at Cape Point will be rewarded.

Pose of the month at Cape Point

We love that you share your #CapePointMoments with us. There are some crazy poses, some sweet ones…and then the ones you can’t seem to get enough of. We like to call this one the WAWO pose: ‘With Arms Wide Open’ – which is also the name of a song by a band called Creed. We think it’s a suitable name for the pose, and the lyrics are spot on:

Heritage Day funicular promotion

In the spirit of Heritage Day, we’re in the mood to give you some freebies.