The Cape Peninsula (Afrikaans: Kaapse Skiereiland) is a generally rocky peninsula that juts out for 75 km (47 mi) into the Atlantic Ocean at the south-western extremity of the African continent. At the southern end of the peninsula are Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. On the northern end is Table Mountain, overlooking Cape Town, South Africa.
The peninsula was once an island, but about 60 million years ago it was joined to the mainland by the emergence from the sea of the sandy area now known as the Cape Flats. The towns and villages of the Cape Peninsula now form part of greater Cape Town.
The Cape of Good Hope is sometimes described as the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean. However, according to the International Hydrographic Organization agreement that defines the ocean boundaries, the meeting point is at Cape Agulhas, about 200 km (120 mi) to the southeast.
Open Water Swims around Cape Point
- Carina Bruwer was the first person in recorded history to swim around Cape Point in 2004.
- Keith Finkelstein also completed it in 2013.
- Theodore Yach swam it on 30 June 2013.
Open Water Swims around Cape of Good Hope
- Lynne Cox was the first person to swim around this cape in 1977 when she completed a 12.8 km (8 mile) swim in 3 hours 3 minutes, escorted by Peter Bales and Hugh Tucker of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association.