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Cape Point, South Africa (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Cape Point, South Africa

Map of Cape Point, South Africa

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Cape Point is a famous and dramatic point just south of Cape Town in Southwestern South Africa. It is a pretty developed tourist location, but we were still able to find some good remote hiking. This site covers all areas south of Cape Town.


Africa: Eastern and Southern

12/29/2002: I arrived here a few days before Barbara returned from her Christmas vacation. One of the highlights was climbing Table Mountain.

On New Year's Day, I picked Barbara up from the airport, and we visited the penguins of Simon's Town and the cape. We tried camping on the beach, but we had some trouble from high winds. Barbara got a really bad sunburn at Cape Point.

Previous Visit (Augrabies Falls: 12/21/2002)
Next Visit (West Coast National Park: 1/5/2003)

Species Recorded (20)

Birds ( 17 )

Ostriches ( Struthionidae )
Ostrich - Struthio camelus

Penguins ( Spheniscidae )
African Penguin - Spheniscus demersus

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Cape Cormorant - Phalacrocorax capensis
Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus

Flamingos ( Phoenicopteridae )
Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiaca

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Cape Francolin - Pternistis capensis

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
White-fronted Plover - Charadrius marginatus
Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta

Oystercatchers ( Haematopodidae )
African Oystercatcher - Haematopus moquini

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Gray-hooded Gull - Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia

Sunbirds ( Nectariniidae )
Malachite Sunbird - Nectarinia famosa
Cape Sugarbird - Promerops cafer

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Red-winged Starling - Onychognathus morio




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