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Cape Agulhas

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The southern most tip of Africa.
The coastline in the region is quite wild.

Cape Agulhas [1] is the most southern tip of Africa. It is located in South Africa's Western Cape Province. It is not the most spectacular cape or the most popular with tourists, but as the Southern tip of Africa it still attracts a growing number of people each year.

The official location of the most southernly tip of the continent is 34°49'58" south and 20°00'12" east.

The coastline in the region is quite wild.

Get in

You can get there by car from Bredasdorp. You will reach Bredasdorp by travelling on the N2 highway, which runs from Cape Town along the east coast via the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth and taking the Caledon turnoff. It is about 100Km to Caledon and then another 100+ kilometers to Bredasdorp. All in all about 2 hours from Cape Town to Bredasdorp. The roads are good but narrow with a speed limit of 100km/h. Most of the inter City bus companies stop in Caledon. Alternatively, you can get there by a scenic gravel road from the fishing village of Gansbaai via the rural hamlet of Baardskeerdersbos and the Moravion mission village of Elim.

Get around

The Southern most tip of Africa is dominated by three towns. Arniston, Struisbaai and L’Agulhas. Whale watching in the spring is fascinating as are the spring flowers. Fishing, Scuba Diving, Surfing are great in this part of the world.

Don't forget the foot of Africa marathon held each year in October.

See & Do

Cape Agulhas is not as spectacular as the Cape Peninsula, but there are only few people and you can enjoy the lonely atmosphere far from all big cities. You might also see some whales.

In the town of Agulhas is also the second oldest lighthouse of the country.

Buy

The Kapula Candles factory in Bredasdorp is famous for its African style candles. Be sure to buy some for your friends and family!

Eat

You can eat great seafood at the Nostra Restaurant

Drink

Sleep

  • Agulhas Country Lodge, Main Road, +27 (0)28 435-7650 (, fax: +27 (0)28 435-7633), [2]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. This lodge is only three kilometres from the cape and has good views of the raging sea and some ship wrecks. R600.

Get out

  • The De Hoop Nature Reserve is 70km away, but a very good spot to see some whales and to enjoy the beauty of nature.
  • Cape Town and its attractions are not too far.
  • The Garden Route in the east is very famous with tourists.
  • Danger Point Peninsula and its hinterland, concentrated around Gansbaai lies to the West of Cape Agulhas. Apart from its marine attractions, (boat-based whale watching and shark-cage diving)it has vast tracts of unspoilt fynbos in public and private reserves.


  • The Waenhuiskrans Cave in nearby Arniston is a stunning cave open to the ocean.


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