See the panoramic views of Cape Point without having to hike!
- Stunning views of the rugged Atlantic coast
- Flora and fauna from the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site
- Relaxed and easy ride to the Cape Point upper lighthouse
The Flying Dutchman Funicular is the only funicular of its type in Africa and offers a smooth and vista-inspiring trip to the point’s upper lighthouse. Leaving every three minutes from the lower station, it climbs up through the dense flora of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site to the viewing area at the top. It’s a fun and unique way to experience this natural wonder that is enjoyed by young and old.
The history of Cape Point begins with Prince Henry the Navigator, who landed on its shores during his search for a sea route to the East. It was made famous by Bartolomeu Dias, the first to sail around the Cape Peninsula in 1488. His nickname for the point as the “Cape of Storms” is well-known today and connects to the devastating storms that roar around the point. The region was officially named the Cape of Good Hope by King Jon II of Portugal following the successful establishment of its place on a trading route from Europe to India and Asia. It is said that the optimism the route generated gave his people new hope for a fruitful economic future.
Advice for visitors
There are beaches, viewpoints, historical points and numerous walking, hiking and biking paths – so plan to spend a good chunk of your day at Cape Point. Visit the sites and walks at Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay, where tidal pools are a great place for a swim. Be sure to bring your camera for photographing the hundreds of indigenous plants found here and nowhere else in the world. You may even capture a photo of one of the 250 bird species that call the Point home. Don’t miss a ride on the Flying Dutchman Funicular, where the views of the Atlantic coastline are awe-inspiring
Did you know
Dias may have called it the Cape of Storms when he arrived, but locals are more than familiar with the windy point of Africa. In fact, the famous gale the explorer experienced is known as the Roaring Forties. Named for the weather pattern that forms kilometres below South Africa at the latitude 40 degrees south, it causes a wicked westerly gale. With very little land to stall it, it is the reason for so many famous shipwrecks that are found at Cape Point.