We were made for more than busy lives and desk jobs. This is the point of paradise
To find your way in an unfamiliar space, you have to first lose yourself in it. Christine Huang was born in South Africa, but her family is originally from Taiwan. She’s discovered that the best way to connect with a place is to go hiking. Over the years, Huang has traversed some of the most varied terrains on South African soil. But her favourite is situated at the tip of the Cape Peninsula. Here, pathways lined with lush vegetation lead to magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, where waves crash against towering, jagged cliffs. “I remember the first time I visited Cape Point, I was blown away by its beauty,” Huang says.
Reaching the point involves a drive through the Cape of Good Hope National Park, followed by a hike to the edge. “Driving here really lifts my spirits,” Huang says. The park covers 7 750 hectares, making it impossible to tire of the scenery. “It’s safe enough to hike on your own, but also wild enough to run free and explore,” Huang says. Cape Point is an absolute paradise for nature-lovers, home to buck, mountain zebra, hundreds of species of birds, and of course, the infamous baboons. It’s also a respite for locals seeking to escape the hub of Cape Town, just 60 kilometres away. “It’s easy getting caught up in today’s fast-paced lifestyle,” Huang says. “So it’s good to get out once in a while.” Coming here, Huang has the opportunity to be active, while surrounded by the height of beauty.
In addition to the fynbos in the area, Cape Point is also filled with history. At the highest peak, a lighthouse built in 1859 still stands. The pieces of natural wonder and man-made buildings come together to make Cape Point one of the most iconic locations in the country. Here, Huang can get lost in the beauty of nature and still find a connection to home. “It’s total bliss,” she says. Open spaces like this remind us of the abundance of life and its unlimited possibilities.