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Cape Agulhas

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

Cape Agulhas 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.

Get in[edit]

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 100 km to Caledon and then more than 100 km further 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 intercity 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[edit]

The southernmost 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, and surfing are great in this part of the world.

Don't forget the Foot of Africa marathon held each year in October (14-15 Oct 2017).

See & Do[edit]

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[edit]

The Kapula Candles factory in Bredasdorp is famous for its African-style candles.

Eat[edit]

You can eat great seafood at the Nostra Restaurant

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Agulhas Country Lodge, Main Road, +27 28 435-7650, fax: +27 28 435-7633, e-mail: . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. This lodge is 3 km from the cape and has good views of the raging sea and some shipwrecks. 8 en suite bedrooms – all with sea-view balconies and satellite television. single R1400-1600, double R1600-2000, breakfast included.

Go next[edit]

  • The De Hoop Nature Reserve is 70 km 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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