13 Mar/13

A Fun Day Out At Cape Point

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Found this great article on “A Fun Day Out At Cape Point” on Cape Town Magazine

Where wild views and pirate coves meet hiking trails and tidal pools

Though most famous as the site of the towering promontory that looks out over the collision of South Africa’s surly ocean currents, the Cape Point Nature Reserve – a popular Cape Town tourist attraction that lures thousands of sightseers each year – is also a world-class place to while away a day hiking, biking, swimming, bird-watching and braaing.

Billed as the most southwesterly tip of the African continent, the reserve’s narrow finger of land and the edge-of-the-world, sea-meets-sky views it affords, are certainly must-sees for those journeying to the Mother City on vacation; but the park as a whole is also a geographic phenomenon that can just as aptly appeal to seasoned locals and experienced South African holidaymakers.

Apart from the jagged, 200-m-high sea cliffs and breathtaking vistas, the 7750 hectares that make up the reserve include wild beaches, fynbos-rich valleys, sun-warmed tidal pools and a mosaic of flora and fauna: the stretch of land is home to 250 bird species, 1100 indigenous plant species and a wealth of both small and large animals (from the Cape Clawless Otter to the eland).

Not to mention, a whole host of activities await those looking to reacquaint themselves with South Africa’s scenic beauty. An assortment of walks, hiking trails and cycling routes wind their way over the various vantage points and through the fragrant bush, and a handful of picnic, swimming and braai spots are available for those looking to simply relax and unwind.

On a more adventurous note, the reserve includes access to angling and ping sites, and surfers can also get their stoke on via the sizeable ocean swells.

Finally, if a day trip seems like far too little time to pack in all the things to do at the Cape Point Nature Reserve, spend the night at one of the self-catering accommodation options on offer: theEland & Duiker Family Cottages or the Olifantsbos Guest House.

For more information about the reserve and its many activities, contact the Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre at +27 (0) 21 780 9204.

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