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Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point

As South Africa's Cape Peninsula stretches south-west into the South Atlantic Ocean, the rugged terrain narrows until it terminates at the rocky headland known as the Cape of Good Hope.

Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of the Cape of Good Hope forms part of a designated nature reserve located within the larger Table Mountain National Park and is renowned for the breath-taking beauty of its landscape and of the diverse and abundant wild flowers and plants that grow here.

Due to its treacherous weather and rocky waters this region was originally named the 'Cape of Storms' in 1488 by its Portuguese discoverer, Bartolomeu Dias, but was later renamed 'the Cape of Good Hope' by King John II of Portugal. In 1859 the Cape received its first lighthouse. Standing almost 250 meters above sea level, today it can climbed to on foot or via the gently ascending Cape Point Funicular Railway. The lighthouse's more recent successor, installed in 1914, remains the most powerful lighthouse in operation on the South African coast.

It is the natural wonders of the area, however, that are the highlights of any tour of the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Part of a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Cape Floral Region, Cape Point hosts 1,100 different plant and flower species, more than 250 bird species and a diversity of wild animals including zebra, eland, baboons and various reptiles.

5 results matching: Escorted Rail Tours to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point

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Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger
4.4 stars(16 reviews)
2024Nov
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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South African Adventure
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2024Oct
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  • DestinationBotswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
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The Splendours of Southern Africa
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2025FebMarAprSepOct
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  • DestinationBotswana, South Africa, Zambia
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  • DestinationNamibia, South Africa
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Cape Town, The Blue Train and Kruger National Park
29/Feb
Customerpeter
5 stars
“Kruger National park was excellent
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Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Botswana Safari
27/Feb
Angela M
5 stars
“This was a unique and memorable tour full of interest and diversity from the urban setting of Cape Town visiting Robben Island and enjoying the views from the top of Table Mountain on a clear day, travelling across South Africa in comfort by road and luxury rail, seeing wildlife including lions, elephants and hippos at close quarters in their natural environment in Botswana and walking around the iconic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Throughout we travelled and stayed in very good quality, comfortable and secure transport and hotels accompanied throughout by an expert tour manager and informed at each location by local guides. The complex itinerary travelling by road, air and train and making three border crossings all worked like clockwork. Another wonderful experience by Great Rail Journeys.
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Grand Tour of South Africa
05 Dec 2022
Mr Chris Payne
5 stars
“Superb service from day one
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Shipwreck trails

The Cape of Good Hope is notorious for shipwrecks, and starting at Olifanstbos in the Cape Point Nature Reserve are three well-signposted walking trails (two easy, one moderate) that take visitors along the beach to the sites (and remains) of some of the vessels that succumbed to the rocky shores here.

Scenic walks

Several scenic walks can be taken around Cape Point allowing visitors to enjoy the magnificent coastal scenery, discover historic artefacts such as an old signalling cannon and a lime kiln, take the opportunity to spot the Cape's abundant wildlife and explore the rock pools and secluded beaches beneath the cliffs.

Eating and shopping

The spectacularly-located Two Oceans restaurant opened at Cape Point in 1995 to provide an unforgettable al fresco dining experience. If time is an issue there is an efficient snack bar for takeaway food including sandwiches and pizzas adjacent to the restaurant. The Cape Point Nature Reserve also features three shops specialising in souvenirs, natural products, clothing and locally produced ceramics and handicrafts.

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