Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 34 21.422 E 018 28.419

The Cape of Good Hope is the southwestern-most point of the African Continent. It is commonly mistakenly referred to as the southernmost point of the African continent, however that designation rightfully belongs to Cape Agulhas, situated some 150 km to the southeast. The Cape Point (S 34 21.214 E 018 29.408) is located 2.3 km/1.4 mi to the east of the Cape of Good Hope, but is slightly higher in elevation. Near the tip of Cape Point is the original lighthouse built in 1860. From the restaurant and information center visitors can either walk or take the Funicular Railway on a 0.6 km trip along the edge of the point to the old lighthouse. Even after the installation of the old lighthouse, ships continued to wreck on the point as fog and low clouds reduced its visibility until 1919, when a new lighthouse was built further out and closer to sea level. The more adventurous can hike down a narrow and winding path to visit it.