Saturday, June 12, 2010

Cape of Good Hope

Photo: Cape of Good Hope, view from the coastal cliffs above Cape Point (16 April 2008)

The Cape of Good Hope (Kaap de Goede Hoop / Cabo da Boa Esperança) is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of South Africa. There is a misconception that Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa, because it was once believed to be the dividing point between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean. In fact, the southernmost point is Cape Agulhas, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) to the east-southeast. The Atlantic and Indian oceans meet at a point between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point, about one kilometer east of Cape of Good Hope.

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