Cape of Good Hope
RSA, Simon`s town

Cape of Good Hope is located in South Africa, on the Cape Peninsula, 50 km south of Cape Town and is part of Table Mountain National Park.
Cape of Good Hope is one of the most famous places in Africa. For a long time it was considered the extreme southern point of the continent. But then it turned out that the southernmost point of Africa is Cape Igolny, remote from Cape of Good Hope 155 km to the southeast. Despite this, Cape of Good Hope has gained fame throughout the world, and is still popular among tourists. Now it is considered the most extreme southwestern point of Africa, which is confirmed by the inscription with the exact coordinates installed on the site in front of the cape.
The first European to reach the cape in 1488 was the Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias, who called it Cape of Storms. Later it was renamed by the Portuguese king Juan II into the "Cape of Good Hope" with the firm intention of finding a sea route to India and the East bypassing Africa. In 1497, the Vasco da Gama expedition rounded the Cape of Good Hope and reached the coveted coast of India.
Thanks to the rich cultural and natural heritage, Cape of Good Hope is one of the main tourist destinations in South Africa. About 250 species of birds live in the local reserve, including one of the two mainland African penguin colonies, and some species of antelopes and mountain zebras are also found.
The strategic position of Cape of Good Hope between two large ocean currents provides a rich variety of marine life. In this area you can observe whales, dolphins and killer whales. The flora of this region has 1,100 species of native plants, many of which are endemic.
The Cape of Good Hope offers a stunning view of the confluence of two great oceans: the Atlantic and Indian. At this point, sea and air currents collide, forming an unforgettable natural picture that can be enjoyed by walking or by funicular to the observation deck of the highest lighthouse in South Africa, built in 1860 at an altitude of 240 meters above sea level.
Among other things, the Cape of Good Hope is famous for the legend of the Flying Dutchman, according to which a ship with tortured and damned ghostly sailors is doomed to roam forever in the surrounding waters in attempts to go around the cape.

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