The Cape of Good Hope walk starts from Cape Point car park. The first 200 meters of the gently downhill sloping walk lead along a broad sandy path. Ahead and below stretches the magnificent Dias Beach. The boardwalk turns the traverse from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope into a visual pleasure. Along the walk Cape Eland, Ostrich, black eagle and cormorants can be spotted. After about 20 minutes, the boardwalk ends on a large rock shelf and shortly beyond that, 149 steps descend to Dias Beach. Clamber down to the spot where perhaps Dias set foot on African soil but don't forget the return climb!
If the beach option did not appeal, continue to a magnificent viewpoint high above the beach, look carefully south to spot the New lighthouse constructed at a height of about 80 meters above sea level. Continue along the boardwalk with a short uphill intermittently intruded upon by flat rocky traverses, after which the path becomes a little stony along the edge of the hill ( Cape Maclear) rising above the beach below. You are on top!
The first part is rocky and steep, within 10 minutes the descent eased by short sections of wooden steps reaching the neck between Cape Maclear and the Cape of Good Hope. Follow the path across to the top of the Cape of Good Hope, before descending to the parking area at Maclear's Beach. Curious Dassies maybe clambering from rock to rock as you approach the continent's most south westerly point.
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