Seascapes, Portuguese Explorers and... Ostriches

Gareth and I spent a blustery August morning exploring Cape Point and its surroundings inside the Table Mountain National Park just outside of Cape Town. I can definitely recommend this outing if you're a nature lover. While we climbed up to the lighthouse and then, legs quivering like jelly, spent the rest of the morning driving from viewpoint to viewpoint, we saw many people cycling around the Park, which looked like it could be a great way to explore the area. The Park is also dotted with scenic walking trails for visitors with a little more time on their hands and at one secluded beach we came across a group of wetsuit-clad surfers brave enough to venture into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean. There aren't any large animals in the Park, although the fynbos apparently attracts lots of species of birds, and to our great delight, also a flock of ostriches.

Below are a few of the sights that caught our eyes:

The Cape Point sign at the foot of the deceptively steep hill leading up to the Lighthouse.
View on the way up towards the Lighthouse.
The funicular station at the top of the hill.
One of the Park's feathered friends.
The Lighthouse provides beautiful views across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
Gorgeous view from the Lighthouse.
Always interesting to put a place in perspective.
Ocean on two sides - Cape Point is situated on a peninsula.
Nature at its prettiest in the Table Mountain National Park.
Pretty pink flowers in the fynbos.
Driving down to the beach.
A flock of ostriches by the seaside!

Unspoilt sand dunes along the coast.
The Dias monument from afar.
The Da Gama monument.
A quick history lesson.
Our final view as we headed out of the Park.

 Have you visited Cape Point yet? Did we miss anything that we just have to go back for?

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