Cape Point in South Africa has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Most people think it’s the point where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet, but this spot actually fluctuates between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas about 100 miles away. Because of the mix of warm and cold currents, it’s home to one of the most diverse marine biomes in the world.
The vegetation on the coast is called fynbos. Even though fynbos only covers 6% of Southern Africa, it is home to 20% of all species discovered on the entire continent. Apparently there are still a few zebra that live on the peninsula, but all we saw were seabirds. And baboons.
Apparently the baboons are huge a-holes. There were probably a million signs along the road warning us not to feed them. They can get violent if humans get too close.
We visited Cape Point about three hours before sunset and I think this was the perfect time. The huge tour buses have gone for the day and there was ample time to explore before hiking out to the southernmost tip of Cape Point to catch golden hour. Other than four or five other tourists, we basically had the place to ourselves.
If you do visit during the day, I hope it’s a hot one! There are a few natural swimming pools that have been built into two of the beaches at Cape Point which make it an amazing spot for a swim.
Interestingly enough, Cape Point actually reminds me a lot of Big Sur, with it’s jutting cliffs and brilliant blue waters. There are so many parallels between Cape Town and San Francisco. It’s a total foodie town, right on the ocean with great weather, and it has wine country right around the corner. I just wish it wasn’t 22 hours of flying time away!
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P.S. – Here are a few more posts from our Cape Town adventure!