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Free entry at Cape Point during SANParks Week

South Africans have free access to Cape Point Nature Reserve during SANParks (South African National Parks) Week from 18 to 22 September.

Cape Point is also offering a two-for-the-price-of-one-adult ticket to ride on the funicular, which means that a trip to the reserve and a ride on the funicular will cost very little, while a child may travel for free.

Built during 1996 the electrically powered funicular is named after the Flying Dutchman ghost ship sighted by sailors over the past three-and-a-half centuries. It is a fun way to travel from the car park to the historic lighthouse to soak up glorious ocean and mountain scenery. The change in altitude is just 87m but the steep climb takes the 40 capacity (6 seated and 34 standing) cars about 3 minutes to travel the 585m of rail.

Fresh sea air is known to work up an appetite, so once visitors have descended on the funicular they can head off to the Two Ocean’s Restaurant where kids eat free during SANParks week.

The restaurant was refurbished in 2012 to offers visitors an airy, stylish interior. A sushi bar has been added, the menu overhauled and a viewing deck allows patrons to become a part of the picture perfect setting. With every main meal ordered by an adult, a child will receive a free meal. The Kids Menu offers fish goujons, macaroni and cheese, chicken strips and calamari.

As part of SANParks Week, free guided walks are also on offer in the Park, and Metrorail is offering daily trips on their Tourism Train from Cape Town to Simons Town stations Monday to Saturday.

Cape Point Nature Reserve is open 7 days a week (7 am to 5 pm April to September, 6 am to 6 pm October to March), with the Flying Dutchman funicular, Two Oceans restaurant and the Curio Stores open from 9 am to 5 pm.

For more information visit www.capepoint.co.za or call the Information Centre on (021) 780 9010/11. Follow Cape Point on Twitter (@CapePointSA) and Like Cape Point on Facebook.

ABOUT CAPE POINT

Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park; a declared Natural World Heritage Site is situated at the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town.  It encompasses 7 750 hectares of flora and fauna; abound with buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds. Cape Point falls within the southern section of Table Mountain National Park. The natural vegetation of the area, fynbos, comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Access to this historic lighthouse, first completed in 1859 and standing at 249 metres above sea-level is an exhilarating ride in the wheelchair accessible Flying Dutchman funicular that transfers visitors from the lower station at 127 metres above sea level to the upper station at 286 metres above sea level. The Flying Dutchman Funicular, also known as the Cape Point Funicular, is believed to be the only commercial funicular of its type in Africa and takes its name from the local legend of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship.

ABOUT CAPE POINT PARTNERSHIP

In 2003, Tolcon in conjunction with Thebe Tourism Group were awarded the contract by South African National Parks to manage Cape Point in the Table Mountain National Park and promote it as one of South Africa’s key tourism icons. Facilities include the Flying Dutchman Funicular, the Two Oceans Restaurant and the retail shops.