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Cape Point Shipwrecks


Cape Point - Start of the graveyard of shipwrecks along Cape Town coast. From the early days in the 1400's when Portuguese sailors started sailing around Cape Town and Cape Point, there have been tales of vessels meeting their watery doom. All the way up the coast of South Africa, past Cape Agulhas, Mossel Bay and Knysna one can read the stories of ill-fated ships.

Cape Point is well known for it's shipwrecks which created chaos and large losses for many ships over many years. Especially around the fifteen and sixteen hundreds, the crashing ships reached numbers of into the thousands as they were simply not prepared for the adverse weather conditions of Cape Point.

Some of these shipwrecks are still visible today and tours are conducted to see or explore them. On the other hand, many of them have been submerged for many years, taking with it it's mystery and treasures. South Africa is a hotspot for treasure divers and many fortunes have been discovered by individuals who now lay claim to these forgotten vessels with their tons of treasure still on board.

If you are interested in adventurous Cape Point tours to hike or dive to these wrecks, you will most probably find them in Cape Town. Our standard, advertised Cape Point tours unfortunately do not allow time for hikes and walks of this kind, unless its booked as one of our private tours. You can spend an entire weekend in Cape Point if you wish to hike the routes offered there.

One of the more recent shipwrecks around Cape Point, was in fact the reason was a new Cape Point Lighthouse was built. The old one was basically useless in the thick mist. During our Cape Point Tours you will visit the old lighthouse with an option of taking a walk to the new one. You can also visit the only shipweck museum on the African continent in the town of Bredasdorp.

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