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Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

When Bartholomew Dias was blown around Cape Point in 1488, and so became the first european to discover what was thought to be the southern-most tip of Africa, he named the point Cabo Tormentoso  (Cape of Storms).  However, King John II of Portugal felt that the name Cabo Tormentosa was too negative for such a great discovery, and renamed it Cabo de Boa Esperanza (Cape of Good Hope). 

In 1580 Sir Francis Drake described it as "..the fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth". This 7 750 hectares nature reserve at the southern-most tip of the Cape Peninsula forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.  A number of trails in the reserve will give you the opportunity to experience nature in all its splendour.  With 1 100 species of indigenous plants, 250 species of birds, mammals such as whales (between July and November), Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok, Eland, Chacma Baboon, Rock Hyrax (Dassie), and a wealth of insects, reptiles and frogs, walking a trail in this nature reserve is a must.

A scenic drive along the False Bay Coast and a visit to Cape Point is included.

Optional at Cape Point (not included in tour price) :
Lunch in the Two Oceans Restaurant
Funicular ride to the old light house

Duration:  3 - 4 hours.
Exertion: Moderate to easy

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Eco-Information on the Western Cape, South Africa.
Small pockets of Afro-Montane forest occur on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain above the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. One of the earliest references to these were made in Jan van Riebeeck's journal on Sunday, 9 June 1652, when the forests on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain were discovered.

The demand by the early settlers for wood for building the first fort, houses, a jetty, wagon making, ships, bridges, firewood, etc. eventually reduced the forests to the remnants that we have today.