Hiking in Cape Point – The shipwreck trail
The Ship wreck hiking trail in Cape Point is a wonderful hike for the whole family. A circular route that should take you between 2 and 3 hours to complete, it takes you along the most beautiful stretch of beach and then back through wonderful fynbos. Not strenuous this route offers an opportunity to escape the crowds, explore some wrecks and see some wildlife.
Enter Cape Point and then take the first road to your left signposted Olifantsbos. This road will take you for +/-2 km to the parking area. The hike is signed to start from the parking area.
A clear path leads you through the fynbos towards the beach. After 5 minutes there is a section crossing some rocks but then you are on the beach and just follow your nose. You seldom see other people here, just a wide expanse of pristine white sand with the turquoise seas sparkling beyond. Beyond the reefs there are numerous ships that have been wrecked over time here. Most of them lie beneath the waves, but after about an hour along the beach you come across the wreck of the Thomas T Tucker lying on the beach.
She was an American ship wrecked in 1942. The captain was obviously a bit lost and thought he’d struck Robben island! There are also some huge whale bones stranded here. The size is incredible.