It’s 9:00am and we’re ready to go: we’ve got our mountain bikes all set up and we’ve just paid our entrance fee to the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
We began the day by cycling from the entrance of the reserve past the most stunning viewpoints, looking down from impressive cliffs onto turquoise water extending for miles into the distance. We cycled to Buffelsfontein museum and visitor’s center, stopped for a minute to look around, then continued our way on the tar road through the beautiful fynbos landscape. We rode all the way down to the Cape of Good Hope all the while amazed by stunning views of the bright blue Atlantic Ocean.
We were accompanied by a friend of ours who took our bikes all the way up to the Cape Point Lighthouse: the second light house ever built in South Africa by the Dutch settlers, the first one being the red and white striped one you can see in Greenpoint. From the Cape of Good Hope we hiked up and passed Dias Beach. We were walking on the edge of rocky and jagged cliffs, with beautiful white sand and amazingly blue waters on one side, and stretches of fynbos on the other- a delicacy to the eyes. We were lucky enough to spot three Eland, the biggest African antilopes, on our path, about 5m away from us, before they trotted off slowly.
The Cape of Good Hope (above)
The Breathtaking Dias Beach, Cape Point Nature Reserve.
After approximately 45 minutes of one of the most gorgeous hikes I have ever done, we reached the lighthouse situated at the most southwesterly tip of the Cape Peninsula. Seeing both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet is truly a special sight. It’s a spectacular place to be… but be sure to have steady feet as it gets intensely windy down there!
We then cycled a little more and once done, drove through viby Simon’s Town and later on indulged in Mike’s favorite Fish & Chips at the Fischhoek Fisheries. Finally we went for the most rewarding swim at Fischhoek beach, ending the morning with a big BANG!