It is often believed that the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean meet at Cape Point or sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Cape of Good Hope. This apparently is a long, heated debate between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point. I really don’t know and frankly I don’t really care. What I do know is that Cape Point is a beautiful place, home to the Cape of Good Hope. I chose to rent a car with a fellow traveler and drive down to the Cape to assure us the flexibility throughout the day and to save a few pennies. There were a lot of high points from the day and a few not so high, what I can say with certainty is that I would love to spend more time in this neck of the woods hiking, camping and exploring. Unfortunately, because my fellow traveler forgot to mention that she had made plans at 6pm that evening with some long lost family our day was cut short. We didn’t actually stand on the actual Cape of Good Hope or do much hiking in the area but the day was still pretty stellar.
Driving on the “wrong” side of the road, for the first time, was definitely an experience. We had to pay extra so I could have an automatic car, trust me it was necessary. As it was every time I went to put the car in reverse, park or drive I automatically reached for the wrong side of the steering wheel and my hand kissed the window. Plus, I had to keep reminding myself that the driver is ALWAYS on the inside of the road; of course, I did this out loud which made my passenger laugh from nerves.
I would definitely suggest to anyone visiting Cape Point to stay on the grounds if possible. Apparently, there are accommodations available for the more adventurous travelers; I think this would assure some real peace in the park before the caravans of tour buses arrive each day. I would also suggest leaving at least one full day to explore the park, if not two. On our quick return trip back to Cape Town we took the scenic route along Chapman’s Peak, this drive is not for the faint of heart or a drowsy driver. There are little towns all along the way to explore, plus the penguins at Boulders Beach, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Simons Town.