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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
4.6 stars(25 reviews)
2024Nov
2025FebMarOctNov
13 days from
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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22 days from
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  • DestinationBotswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
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The Splendours of Southern Africa
4.7 stars(10 reviews)
2024Sep
2025MarAprSep
16 days from
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  • DestinationBotswana, South Africa, Zambia
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South African Adventure
3.9 stars(12 reviews)
2024Oct
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19 days from
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
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  • DestinationNamibia, South Africa
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Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Botswana Safari
30/Apr
Christine Lawrence
5 stars
“This was a very enjoyable trip. There were 5 flights, which enabled us to see a wide variety of places, people and animals. Although busy there was always time to chill, have a drink at the bar and a chat to others in the group. The quality of the service and the hotels was very good. I especially liked the fact that we often ate in local restaurants, recommended to us. The food was excellent, especially in South Africa where it was also surprisingly cheap. Besides our tour guide, who was with us for the whole trip, we had a variety of local guides. Their knowledge was extensive and it gave me a real feel of what it is like to live in the places we visited..We had a delay of 2 days with the plane home from Johannesburg. These circumstances were dealt with promptly and efficiently by Great Rail and turned into a bonus rather than a negative.
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Cape Town, The Blue Train and Kruger National Park
4/Apr
David Dodds
5 stars
“Three great holidays in on trip! First of all the trip would not have been as good without our tour manager Angie and the excellent guides and drivers. Angie had all the info needed and kept us up to date with everything. Hotels were excellent. Staff friendly, rooms very well appointed, food very good and varied. Cape Town - from Cape Point to Table Mountain to Boulders Bay Penguin colony; much to see and enjoy. Hout Bay and Seal Island for seals and dolphins. Cape Town Waterfront area is lively with a great selection of places to eat and shop with very friendly staff. Added to this the visits to a winery in Stellenbosch (and "Uncle Samie's Store"in the town), lunch at another estate and the obligatory visit to Robben Island there was so much to see and the time was filled without any boredom. The group gelled brilliantly with members passing on info about their own travels and recommending further travels. The Blue Train - this is NOT your ordinary train journey. From embarkation to disembarkation we were looked after by a staff whose total commitment was to those on board and their enjoyment of the journeys experience. Excellent food, selection of wines and an ambience that ensured all passed the time in comfort and enjoyment. The journey was not fast as the train is subject to the requirements of the railway but that gave enough time to view the passing country and the ever changing scenery. The stop at Kimberley, the visit to "the Big Hole" diamond mine museum was worth it. A big hole and a long way down from the viewing platform! The old town is set out with all the shops, store and facilities right down to the shale covered streets. Last but not least, Kruger National Park. Two game drives with an early start of 4.30am. We were able to see the "big five" and a number of other species. Knowledgeable guides and drivers, adequate stops for comfort and food and great company. There is nothing to beat seeing the animals in the wild and realising that they are but metres away! Great photographs! But all too soon it has to end, the journey back to Johannesburg and the airport and home. An excellent holiday and great memories!
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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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