The tip of the Cape Peninsula, known as Cape Point, is a well-known geographical area in maritime history and was dubbed the ‘Cape of Storms’ by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488. The area surrounding this treacherous tip earned the respect of sailors all over the world on account of its light and dark sides. During amicable weather conditions the point served as a good navigational marker, but during violent storms the rocks and sheer cliffs of the point was responsible for centuries of shipwrecks.
NAC Helicopters has a Cape Peninsula Tour that flies over the dreaded ‘Cape of Storms’, affording incredible views of the dangerous, rocky sheer cliffs that jut out of the sea to heights of 200 metres. Located about 60 kilometres outside of Cape Town, Cape Point covers an area of 7750 hectares and is a declared Natural World Heritage Site. It forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and lies within the southern section of the reserve, where over 250 species of bird live and buck, baboon and Cape Mountain zebra abound. On account of the many shipwrecks littered around the coastline, in 1859 a lighthouse was erected atop the highest peak at 249 metres above sea level which can still be seen today.