Cape of Good Hope
The Cape of Good Hope is the most southwestern point in Africa and, lore holds, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet (in reality, the waters merge a bit more to the east). Make sure your camera is charged; the area is part of the lush Table Mountain National Park, and the Cape Point visitor center at the edge of a rocky promontory here is one of the most scenic spots in all of southern Africa. Most importantly, this is a spectacular place to spot penguins, as well as a wide variety of other animals.
What We Love
Two Oceans Restaurant: This elegant Cape Point seafood restaurant has sprawling vistas of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Depending on the season, both dolphin and whale spotting may be on the menu as well.
Best Known For
Penguins at Boulders Beach: The colony of Jackass penguins here (so named for their donkey-like braying), are the feathered stars of the Cape area. The 3,000-strong colony of waddlers nests at False Bay, and can be easily spotted from accessible walkways.
Flying Dutchman Funicular: To get to the highest point above the most southwestern point in Africa, jump on this classic railway. The five-minute ride leads to a historic 19th-century lighthouse. Sailors once regarded the Cape below as the most dangerous passage in the world.
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Who It's Best For
Wildlife Enthusiasts: The park that surrounds the Cape of Good Hope is populated with wild animals such as zebra, antelope, reptiles, and small mammals. Large troops of Chacma baboons call the area home as well.
Camera Jockeys: With some of the most spectacular panoramas in southern Africa literally spread at your feet, the Cape makes it easy for even amateur photographers to walk away with amazing shots.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Hungry Primates Can Be Aggressive: The baboons at Cape Point will boldly go after any food out in the open; they've even been known to open car doors. Pay heed to the posted warning signs, and never feed these potentially dangerous wild animals.
Melissa Klurman is a New Jersey-based contributor to Sherman's Cruise who also edits and writes for Frommer's Travel Guides.