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All the way down to the tip of the Cape Penin­sula lies the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, which marks the en­trance to False Bay, so named be­cause early sailors were of­ten fooled into think­ing they’d reached the bay at Cape Town (Ta­ble Bay). While not the tip of Africa (that would be Cape Agul­has some 100 miles farther east), the Cape of Good Hope marks the south­west­ern-most point on the African con­ti­nent – from here, ships bound for Asia be­gin the turn east­ward into seas of the In­dian Ocean.

Less than a mile-and-a-half away, Cape Point juts above the ocean some 650 feet, in some of the most rugged and beau­ti­ful land-meets-sea-scape imag­in­able. The in­clined rail­way that runs from the park­ing lot to the old light­house is a fun and scenic ride – and it beats tak­ing the stairs. Its name, The Fly­ing Dutch­man Fu­nic­u­lar, al­ludes to the cen­turies-old tale of the ghost ship which is said still to sail th­ese wa­ters. While you’re at the top, look for the re­mains of the gun em­place­ments which guarded this crit­i­cal ship­ping lane dur­ing World War II.

The Cape of Good Hope Park sum­mer hours are 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM; win­ter 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM (but re­mem­ber, you’re in the South­ern Hemi­sphere where sum­mer is from Septem­ber to March). Park ad­mis­sion R90 ($10), round-trip fu­nic­u­lar ride R49 ($5).

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