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Cape of Good Hope

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

The Cape of Good Hope was originally named Cape of Storms by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, because there were rough seas and stormy weather. But John II of Portugal changed the name to Cape of Good Hope because it was a good omen. The island meant India could be reached by sea from Europe.

A lighthouse was built to warn ships but it sat too high and was often covered in cloud. This caused ships to run aground on its rocks, so they built another lighthouse closer to sea-level.

The Cape of Good Hope marks the point where ships begin to travel more eastward than southward. Dias originally called the cape Cabo das Tormentas or Cape of Storms. It has long been of special significance to sailors who refer to it simply as "the Cape".


Cape of Good Hope


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Ostriches aren't the most exciting animals you’ll see at the cape, but seeing them run along the ocean is impressive.

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Ostrich Chasing Cyclists

Video: National Geographic

Check out these animals. Never seen them before, have you? They are a rock hyrax. Not a relative of rodents, but elephants. Seriously!!!???

A Dassie / Rock Hyrax / Rock Badger / Rock Rabbit


Dassie's are anywhere up to 4kg. They have small ears and a tail. 

18 Amazing Facts You Should Know About Rock Hyrax

Video: Himank Nasika

Other Wildlife

There are also zebras, bonteboks, red hartebeests, grey rheboks, cape grysboks, klipspringers, fallow deer, right whales, Cape mountain zebra and African penguins.

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