A local’s view of Cape Point
Story and photos by Louise de Waal
Every single day, hundreds of tour buses stream down the Cape Peninsula and into Cape Point National Park. On a calm weekend when the sun shines, a long queue of traffic is waiting to enter the park. Once through the gates, the race is on to travel the 10 km to Cape Point itself. Each driver has only one thing in mind – to get a prime parking spot near the renowned Cape Point lighthouse at the foot of the peninsula.
After visiting the dramatic viewpoint and purchasing a few souvenirs, it is back on the road to race out of the park. How ironic that just a few hundred metres from one of the most iconic tourist destinations on the African continent are some of its most deserted and beautifully wild beaches. My two favourite spots are Olifantsbos and Platboom on the Atlantic coast side of the park, where you are rewarded by perfect and empty white sandy beaches, shipwrecks, birding and good wildlife viewing thrown in for good measure.