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Cape of Good HopeCape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope located in South Africa, not far from Cape Town.

Cape Agulhas is situated east of the Cape of Good Hope, but continues in the Cape Province, much farther south than the Cape of Good Hope.

Because the colder Atlantic Benguela Current meets the warmer Agulhas Current in the Cape of Good Hope, this is the border point between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.

Cape of Good Hope was first rounded by the Portuguese Bartolomeu Diaz Seafarer 1488. Dias named the Peninsula Cabo Tormentoso, or the Cape of Storms. But for marketing reasons the name was changed to the Cape of Good Hope by the Portuguese King John II.

Jan van Riebeeck was a Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town, just north of the Cape of Good Hope, as a bunkering port for Dutch East India Company. The previously uninhabited Cape later colonized by Holland.

The outermost part of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is now where, among other things, impertinent monkeys, zebras, antelope, deer, ostrich, and many other birds such as albatross and the black eagle can be found.

There are seven marked trails through the reserve. If you prefer mountain biking, there are 20 kilometers (12 miles) of roads that are permitted. The road also leads to a lot of different places, including beaches, bays and viewpoints. The point is not particularly exploited by restaurants, hotels and other tourist facilities.

There is an entrance fee to the reserve for both people and vehicles. The reserve is open daily 7-18. Don't go there too late in the day!

The tip of Cape Point offers the area's most dramatic landscape of cliffs, which falls 300 meters (928') into the ocean.

A good lookout point is the old lighthouse, built in 1857th. Remember your binoculars for a view of seals, whales, dolphins and others living in the waters. On a clear day you can see all the way from Cape Point over to Cape Hangklip across False Bay. It is called False Bay because seafarers mixed it up with Cape Town's Table Bay where the port is located.

Cape of Good Hope is also associated with another seafarer myth, on the Flying Dutchman, the ominous "ghost ship" whose captain is condemned to eternity to rove the seas without reaching port. One version is that it was a 1600-century captain named Hendrik van der Decken, which once must have sworn to round Cape of Good Hope even if it would take him to the apocalyptic. Since then in all cases, many said that they had seen the "ghost ship" just at the point, among them a young British naval officer in 1880, which much later became a British king called George V. But many ships were actually shipwrecked and perished in the dangerous waters around "the storms cape".

There is a variety of roads over the Cape Peninsula between Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, and the tour to Good Hope is an interesting day tour. The distance between the city and the peninsula is about 60-80 kilometer (373-497 miles), depending on which way you choose.