Cape of Good Hope
In this section of Halaal Accommodation Layla Villa website we will introduce our visitors with brief history of Pride of South Africa: NATURE RESERVE Cape of Good Hope.
History of South African Nature Reserve Cape of Good Hope began in 1928. Firrst of all the area of Present Nature Resort was threatened by resort development. And only on 11 April 1939 the land was officially obtained by Divisional Council of the Cape . At that time total area of Nature Reserve of Cape of Good Hope containted 7750 he and was bought for R127,000.
Cape of Good Hope was made up of certain land granted by the Government and of the following farms of the Nature Reserve were: farm Buffelsfontein, farm Uitershoek, farm Bloubergvlei.
Later on, by 1941, Cape of Good Hope extended its borders thanks to the farms Theefontein, Klaasjagers, Olifantsbos etc.
Nature Reserve Cape of Good Hope famous by its Kaapse Fynbos – 4 types of plants: protea, reeds, ericas, geophytes.
There are baboons, zebra, South African antelope, ostrich Bontebok and over 150 species of birds.
The coastline of Cape of Good Hope is about 40 km long, and known to be shipwreck for centuries due its rocky surface.
False Bay was originally founded by the Portuguese and called ‘Golfo Dentro da Serras' which means ‘Gulf between the mountains'. This name originates from Portuguese name of Cape Hangklip which they called ‘Cabo Falso', due to coming from the East they often mistook this landmark for Cape Point and sailed into False Bay , then forced to turn about and search for the real Cape Point in the unpleasant foggy weather condition. This sometimes took few days or even weeks.
Nowadays both Hangklip and Cape Point are secured with lighthouses. The lighthouse in on the lowel level below the fog most of th time and is the most powerful in the world, at almost 20 million candle power.
Many of visitors ask, whether this is the meeting place for the two oceans*. If go into technicality of details, then the answer is NO. From geographical side, the answer should be Cape Agulhas which is the most southern point of Africa, located about 170 km to the South East.But oceanographer will emphasise that the meeting place is not stable, it moves from day to day due to difference of temperature. Invisible border between the two oceans is a straight line between Cape Agulhas and the South Pole, but where the two oceans meet – question for endless discussions.
* Two oceans: Indian and Atlantic.
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