If you are ever in Cape Town, South Africa, be sure to take the 40-kilometre drive south across the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. Fantastic scenery will be your reward.
Most of the route lies within a national park. The landscape is covered by a wide variety of flowering shrubs, many of which grow only in this very small part of the world.
The Phoenicians are said to have sailed past the cape while circumnavigating Africa in ancient times. Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias made the first modern navigation around the cape in 1488. He called it the Cape of Storms.
The Cape of Good Hope is close to the point where the warm waters of the Indian Ocean meet the cold waters of the South Atlantic. The collision of currents and corresponding air masses often creates fog and rain. You might need some planning and patience to get a view such as this. However, the effort is worth it when you see and hear the ocean far below on three sides.
A few years after Dias's voyage, the point was named "Cape of Good Hope" because it represented the hope of trade with Asia by sea. Although early explorers probably used the name for the whole area, the lighthouse in the picture is technically at Cape Point, a short walk from the Cape of Good Hope.