Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa, is a spectacular sight, covered in endemic fynbos and home to breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys, just 60km outside of Cape Town.
Cape Point falls within the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site, and is the most southerly point within the Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park. The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world – it is home to nearly 20% of Africa’s flora.
Cape Point, as part of Table Mountain National Park, has streamlined its operations to create minimal impact on the environment, which includes the careful re use of grey water for on-site vegetation. The Flying Dutchman Funicular also operates on 50% less electricity thanks to its advanced magnetic drive system, which also means no pollution is generated during the famous ride up to the Old Lighthouse. The Funicular is also incredibly quiet with no noise pollution, and is fully wheelchair accessible.
Community support is an important part of Cape Point’s responsible tourism approach. By employing staff from the surrounding areas, many of which are seen as disadvantaged communities, Cape Point uplifts creates job opportunities in a fairly remote are.
A blanket drive in partnership with Cape Town Tourism and the City of Cape Town distributed 180 new blankets to the Red Hill Preschool and the Children of Hope Educare Centre in the Red Hill informal settlement near Simons Town.
Young residents of Hokisa, a home for children affected by HIV, locate in Masiphumelele are hosted for an annual Christmas party, and the home is supported on a continual basis to fullfill the needs of the children in their care.
SASSI accredited seafood
The Two Oceans Restaurant, which can see hundreds of patrons passing through its doors each day, manages to keep impeccable green credentials. Seafood obviously features highly on the menu, but visitors can rest assured that it’s all WWF SASSI accredited. This means that it contains no local red-listed species, has a focus on promoting sustainable choices, and providing customers with enough information to dine with peace of mind. On top of this, all cleaning products are provided by Ecolab and form part of their approved Green Range; and all packaging is biodegradable and compostable.
As a destination, Cape Point is working hard to ensure that all elements of the attraction are working towards a common cause of being sustainable and responsible, while ensuring a truly unique experience.