Early in the morning, I drove to the Cape Of Good Hope with a tour guide as part of a full-day tour of the area, mainly Stellenbosch Wineries. It was a sunny day, but as you would expect, given the location, a very windy day. After paying an entrance fee, we parked and walked over to a couple of viewing points.
The Cape of Good Hope is located off of the southern tip of South Africa. It is often mistakenly thought of as the southernmost point of Africa and the spot where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The actual southernmost point of Africa is Cape Agulhas. As one of the great capes of the South Atlantic Ocean, the Cape of Good Hope has long been of special significance to sailors, many of whom refer to it simply as “the Cape”. It is a waypoint on the Cape Route and the clipper route followed by clipper ships to the Far East and Australia and still followed by several offshore yacht races.
From rocky mountain tops to beaches and open sea, the Cape of Good Hope is home to a beautiful landscape which drags on as far as an eye can see. There are a wealth of small animals such as lizards, snakes, tortoises and insects living at the Cape. Some of the small mammals include rock hyrax, four-striped grass mice, water mongoose, Cape clawless otter and fallow deer. The area offers excellent vantage points for whale watching. It is truly a beautiful, unspoiled part of the planet, which I hope will be preserved for centuries to come. Since Cape Town is only about 50km away, I would highly recommend visiting this place. But make sure you dress for the weather.
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