Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope showing landscape views, general coastal views and a sandy beach
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Experience the stunning scenery and a wealth of native wildlife at what is almost Africa’s most southerly point.

Stand at the top of the 650 foot (200 meter) high cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope and you can well imagine the trepidation felt by the early sailors who navigated this coast on their way to India. Look down to the crashing waves and swirling ocean currents. This is an awe-inspiring place, with wild ostriches, baboons and Cape zebras adding to the area’s rugged scenery. The cape is not actually the most southerly point in Africa, as that title goes to a peninsula around 90 miles (150 kilometers) to the southeast. Still, the Cape of Good Hope is a major tourist attraction, and you’ll almost certainly want to have your photo taken with the iconic wooden sign.The cape is located 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Cape Town, and a visit here will fill the best part of a day. From the car park you’ll take a short, steep walk to the site of the old lighthouse, from which you will have sweeping views of the southern Atlantic Ocean, with nothing but sea in between you and the Antarctic. If you don’t fancy the walk, then a swift ride in the Flying Dutchman funicular will whisk you to the top. Make a day of it by enjoying a meal at the Two Oceans restaurant. As you eat, keep one eye on the ocean for a view of the whales that migrate past this point. Humpbacks, southern rights and Bryde’s whales can all be spotted from here at different times of year. Nature lovers will be in their element, with hundreds of bird species and more than 1,100 varieties of plants existing within the cape’s 19,150 acres (7,750 hectares). If you’re a keen walker then continue your day by hiking one of the many trails. If you are interested in maritime history, take the Shipwreck Trail, which points out the sites of 26 wrecked vessels. The Cape of Good Hope is open daily throughout the year with longer opening hours in summer. There is a small charge for entry.

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Boulders Beach Hotel, Cafe and Curio
Boulders Beach Hotel, Cafe and Curio
3 out of 5
4 Boulders Place, Boulders Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
The price is $36 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7
Stay at this 3-star beach guesthouse in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Our guests praise the convenient parking in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (27 reviews)
"It was true to the advertisement. The place is situated in a spectacular spot. Really enjoyed our stay"

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

Whale View Manor Guesthouse
Whale View Manor Guesthouse
4 out of 5
402 Main Road, Murdoch Valley, Simon's Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7995
The price is $77 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this 4-star beach guesthouse in Cape Town. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (55 reviews)
Good location with ok facilities
"We stayed at Whale View Manor to mainly go to the boulders beach to view the penguins. Our family enjoyed our time there but the hotel is pretty basic and rooms are a bit small."

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
4 out of 5
7 Gay Road, Simonstown, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
The price is $171 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9
Stay at this 4-star spa B&B in Cape Town. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Boulders Penguin Colony and Boulders Beach are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Great little getaway
"Beautiful place, great location right by the penguins, friendly staff, clean"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2022

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Boulders Beach Hotel, Cafe and Curio
Boulders Beach Hotel, Cafe and Curio
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4 Boulders Place, Boulders Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
Whale View Manor Guesthouse
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4 out of 5
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Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
4 out of 5
7 Gay Road, Simonstown, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
aha Simon's Town Quayside Hotel
aha Simon's Town Quayside Hotel
4 out of 5
Jubilee Square St Georges Street, Simon's Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
Chartfield Guesthouse
Chartfield Guesthouse
4 out of 5
30 Gatesville Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
St James Manor
St James Manor
5 out of 5
108 Main Road St.James, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7945
The Last Word Long Beach
The Last Word Long Beach
5 out of 5
1 Kirsten Avenue, Kommetjie, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
Admiralty B&B
Admiralty B&B
3.5 out of 5
6 Admirals Walk Marina Da Gama, Muizenberg, Cape Town, Western Cape
Lakeside Lodge
Lakeside Lodge
3 out of 5
11 Leicester Road, Lakeside, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7945
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