Escape the crowds on a guided hike

 in Cape  Point – you won’t be


The Cape of Good Hope section of the Cape Peninsula National Park offers some of the finest walking in the Cape. Seldom as steep and certainly never rising to the height of Table Mountain, nevertheless the fynbos, the views and the terrain all offer a fantastic day out.

My favourite full day hike includes a combination of beach, cliff and mountain walking. Thus combining to give the hiker the best of all Cape Point has to offer.

Starting at Platboom a small path leads along the top of the dunes towards Cape Point. At Pegrams cottage the path leads to the shore and eventually peters out so you just follow the shore line towards the Cape of Good Hope. Although flat this section is quite hard going over rocks and on sand. I recommend an early start as for the last 2 km the road is close by so later in the day “civilisation” can begin to indrude upon your solitude.

Cape Point

Enjoy the solitude of a hike in Cape Point

 Once at the Cape of Good Hope you follow the path up the to the cliff tops. Here a stop to look at the view and take a photograph is a must.

Cliffs at Cape Point

From the view point at The Cape of Good Hope

 The path now leads along the cliff tops  to the steep steps leading down to Dias Beach. It is well worth the effort to go down to the beach and have an early lunch or midmorning snack on the rocks.

Dias Beach

The view of Dias beach from above

Back on the cliff path a gentle climb brings you to the funicular railway and 2 Oceans restuarant. The energetic can add an hour to their walk by following the road to the old lighthouse. Otherwise cross the car park and head up towards the path towards Vasco Da Gama Peak. Now on the False Bay side of the point the path leads up to the highest point of 266m and continues along a “knife edge” path with steep drops into the sea below.

The False Bay coastline

Up and over the Peak you find yourself crossing the main road and back on the Atlantic side. A final few kilometres along the dunes, returns you to Platboom and your car.

      Ridgway Ramblers offer a variety of hikes in Cape Point ranging from an easy stroll to a strenuous 2 day hike.