It has been a while since we have visited our favourite Nature Reserve, Cape Point. This Friday past turned out to be a glorious sunny day after what feels like endless weeks of rain… we grabbed the day with both hands and headed south for an easy hike.
We Started off with a Lesson on Soil
We wandered down to the beach to gather some sand…
There is nothing like a good investigation…
A Visit to the Old Lighthouse…
You know when you have lived in a place all your life you kind of forget to visit the places right in front of you… I was a grown-up before I visited the lighthouse at Cape Point and not all my kids have been there. So Friday on a balmy blue-skied day we headed to the lighthouse. The southern tip of the Cape Peninsula is the perfect spot for a Lighthouse, particularly in a part of the world called the Cape of Storms. The Lighthouse that most visitors see is the original lighthouse that was built at the top of Da Gama Peak.
I walk up to the top is fairly steep, but well worth it and there is plenty to look at along the way.
Just saying, Cape Point is always a little bit blustery…
Looking down is fairly spectacular… as you can imagine.
We spotted a path…
And we decided to go exploring further…
From up top you are literally a million miles from almost everywhere.
The Lighthouse Trail
This was not our normal kind of walk, when we visit the game park… it wasn’t terribly wild. But the view spectacular and the walk fun, we decided to do the Lighthouse Keeper’s Trail as well. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Trail is a walk down to the actual Lighthouse at Cape Point. Most visitors just visit the original lighthouse on the hill, but it turns out it is a lovely walk down to the newer lighthouse that was built when folk realised that the original lighthouse was too high above “usual mist levels” and so proved a lot less useful as a lighthouse than they had anticipated.
It is an easy walk…
And if you are afraid of heights then you probably shouldn’t look down.
There are handrails where you need them…
Not everyone does…
Did I mention spectacular…
And you can see just how high the original lighthouse was, up there sitting on the cliffs.
It is a quick out and back walk and well worth adding the extra hour to your visit to the Point.
The Actual LightHouse…
Even on a calm day you can see why this is an essential location for a lighthouse.
There Was Wild Life of Course:
More Important, there were Whales.
And Spectacular Views
We Weren’t the Only Ones Enjoying the Beautiful Day
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