The Cape of Good Hope is a headland on the Atlantic coast side of South Africa. It is known for its spectacular scenery. It was originally named the Cape of Storms by Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias in 1488. It was later renamed, by King John II of Portugal, the Cape of Good Hope because of the great optimism engendered by the opening of a sea route to India & the East.
The Cape plays an important role in South African history as a stopping point for trading ships sailing between Europe & the European colonies in the east. Initially, Europeans bartered with the local Khoikhoi people for food & water but in 1652 the Dutch East India Company established a small provision station in the sheltered bay behind the Cape peninsula, forming the first European settlement in the region. Legend has it that the ghosts of the crew of The Flying Dutchman haunt the headland & its waters, though people are much more likely to see penguins.
The Cape peninsula is also rich in wildlife, particularly birds & is one of eight protected areas in the region, jointly designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the richness of its plant life & many of the species are unique. The shore of the peninsula is home to the cape gannet, the African black oystercatcher & four species of cormorant, but the most famous feathered residents are the colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach.
- Pick-up and Drop off at your accommodation in Cape Town
- Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
- Cape Point
- False Bay
- Penguin Colony (optional)
Good to know
- This service is not weather dependent but might be cancelled or moved in extreme wind or storms
- Pickup and drop off at accommodation
- Professional Guide/ Driver
- Light lunch
- Entrance fees
- Other food and drinks are for your own account
- Gratuities (optional)
- Comfortable clothing
- Dressed for season
- Something warm for the early mornings
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The guest can cancel free of charge until 7 days before arrival. The guest will be charged the total price if they cancel in the 7 days before arrival.
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The beauty of Table Mountain, Lions Head and the Atlantic Sea Board coastline from the comfort of our kayaks is unrivalled. Dolphins, seals, penguins, Sunfish and occasionally whales frequent our Cape Town.