An exciting new tourism service is available to visitors to Cape Town and the Garden Route.
Sunpath Tours offer their guests a fascinating discovery and insight into the 800 kilometre area stretching between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Being on the 34 degree latitude, and the most south-westerly and south-easterly points of Africa, respectively, they house scores of recorded celestial observatories, all perfectly mathematically and geometrically aligned to observe the light pathways of the sun, moon and the stars. This makes Cape Town quite literally the "Land of the Setting Sun".
Discovered by Dean Liprini, and the subject of research spanning more than 20 years, the observatories, consisting of marker stones and sundials, are even more fascinating in that they are near rocks and mountains that have been sculpted, probably by an ancient culture living in this area, in the shape of human face profiles. During certain times of the day these profiles are visible, and a unique play of sunlight and moonlight also literally lights up their eyes.
More than 50 such observatories are in the Table Mountain chain alone. Some of the mountain profiles which have been recorded by Liprini include the section of Table Mountain to the right of the Cableway station, the Twelve Apostles, Lion's Head, Leeukoppie and The Sentinel in Hout Bay, the Robberg in Plettenberg Bay, and the Kareedouw and Tsitsikamma mountains near Port Elizabeth