At the tip of the Cape Peninsula, lie the Cape Point nature reserve part of the Table Mountain National Park. Rugged rocks towering above the sea, Table Mountain chain streches from Signal Hill to Cape Point in the Cape Point nature reserve. A misconception is that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa. scientific knowledge instead states the southernmost point of Africa is Cape Agulhas.
The old lighthouse was built 262 metres above sea level – the highest practical elevation, on a clear evening, the light was visible for up to 36 nautical miles. Much of the time, however, it was hidden under the blanket of fog and low-lying cloud that frequently bedevils Cape Point. The Lusitania was wrecked on Bellows Rock, below Cape Point, on just such a foggy night in 1911. In 1919 a new lighthouse was commissioned, lower down the cliffs from the old light.