Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Part of the Table Mountain National Park that extends from Signal Hill in the north all the way to Cape Point in the south, the Cape of Good Hope is not the southern tip of Africa, despite lying at the south-west corner of the Cape Peninsula, just a little south of Cape Point on the south-east corner.
Cape Agulhas, roughly 150 kilometres southeast of here, holds this title instead. The Cape of Good Hope, however, remains a significant headland in the sense that from here one travels more eastward than southward, and it is not hard to imagine that rounding of the cape in 1488 was a major achievement.
This said, the Cape of Good Hope is one of two world-renowned landmarks within the Table Mountain National Park, the other is Table Mountain. These two familiar attractions are what draws thousands of visitors to Cape Town, not a new attribute to the Cape of Good Hope that functioned as something of a beacon for sailors for years and is still widely referred to as ‘The Cape’ by sea farers.
Table Mountain National Park boasts global recognition for its rich, varied and utterly unique fauna and flora. This is the only place on the planet where, essentially within the metropolitan area of Cape Town, one finds such a heady mix of rich bio-diversity and incredible beauty.
Most visitors to Cape Town regard a trip to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point (the tip of the Cape peninsula) as obligatory. This part of the park is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra.
There are numerous picnic spots, paths on which one can set off on foot or mountain bike, and tidal pools on almost isolated beaches.
If you are interested in hiking, see information about our featured hiking trails offered in the Reserve below, and see Things to Do at Cape Point for even more options.
Attractions in Good Hope Nature Reserve
Bartholomeu Dias, the Portuguese seafarer, was the first to sail around the Cape. This was in 1488. On his return voyage, which must have been particularly stormy, Dias stopped at the south-western tip of South Africa, and named it Cabo Tormentoso...
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Popular Activities in Good Hope Nature Reserve
This there-and-back hike follows the False Bay coastline from the turning circle of Buffels Bay beach in the Cape Point National Park reserve. Antoniesgat Trail is one of nine trails within the reserve. Buffels Bay, whilst a firm favourite...
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This organised, slackpack hike leaves Cape Town to head up Table Mountain along its many footpaths in the company of qualified mountain guides. All of the tented camps were built exclusively for the Hoerikwaggo trail, with an emphasis on...
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Thomas T Tucker shipwreck hike
More officially known as the Olifantsbos Shipwreck Trail the Thomas T Tucker hike falls within the Cape Point Nature Reserve, with over 1 200 endemic and protected plants to explore and various forms of wildlife to look out for...
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