Cape of Good Hope

On Friday I visited Cape of Good Hope, also called Cape Point. Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope are what South Africans refer to as “same same, but different”. The two names are used interchangeably, but technically Cape Point refers to the top of a large hill where a historic light house sits, and Cape of Good Hope is the most South-Western point on the African Continent.

We started by first walking up the stone path to the light house at Cape Point. Although it is more of a walk than a hike, the path is very steep and still feels like a work out.

The day was overcast and gloomy, so the ocean and surrounding Cape peninsula looked eerily beautiful from the lighthouse.

From the lighthouse, we walked back down the path to the boardwalk that leads to

the Cape of Good Hope.

The Cape of Good Hope is a massive cliff that overlooks the ocean. At the top, visitors can sit for hours listening to the waves crash and trying to spot dolphins and sharks.

The entire road through Cape Point National Park is lined with signs warning visitors about baboons. The baboons are dangerous, aggressive wild animals that will snatch your bag from you if they smell food. Although baboons are commonly seen around Cape Point, we unfortunately didn’t see any on Friday. However, the lack of baboons was somewhat made up for by the amount of ostriches we saw. The giant, and in my opinion ugly, birds are abundant and will walk right up to vehicles to say hello!

One thought on “Cape of Good Hope

  1. It is absolutely hilarious how well you captured those amazingly belligerent giant ostriches! They are hilarious! You really did a great job, too, of showing us lots of different perspectives of this place (Cape of Good Hope) that we have heard about all of our lives…


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