Cape Town's Big Six: Cape Point

 


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Cape Point retains an ancient, unadulterated sense of what it must have been like at the very beginning of time. The waves look and sound like two oceans colliding, the beaches are rocky, windswept and inhabited by baboons, antelope and ostriches. Here nature commands you pay attention.

Ocean or current?

Certain unrelenting oceanographers claim geographical supremacy, while other insist on a difference between currents and the oceans themselves. Notwithstanding the continual bickering between the representation of ‘Cape Point’ and ‘Cape Agulhas (roughly 350km further south)’ regarding where the two oceans actually meet, the reserve remains distinctively located.

All roads lead to Cape Point

Particularly the ones that are going in and out of Hout Bay and Muizenburg. Both ports trace a perfect aesthetic preamble to the destination. The eastern False Bay coastline passes though sleepy seaside villages with warmer swimming conditions and great whites, whilst the Atlantic road scenically winds around the mountain along the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive through to the Reserve.

Fauna and Flora

Certain of the Cape Fynbos species are dependent on periodic fires for their germination process. This member of the floral kingdom which is terrestrially specific to the area, is as fiercely protected as the remaining 360 Chacma baboons in the Peninsula. Feeding them provokes aggression, which in turn leads to unnecessary culling and is therefore strictly forbidden. Like any African safari, it’s recommended to enjoy them from within the safety of your vehicle, preferably without a crumb in sight.

Other species inhabiting the reserve include Bontebok, Eland, various reptiles and just less than 250 species of bird!

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