Cape Agulhas sits at the southernmost tip of Africa on a rocky headland where the Atlantic and Indian oceans spectacularly collide. A form of translation on the name from Portuguese is the “Cape of Needles”. Named so after early navigators noticed that the compass north coincided with the true north of the region making it difficult to navigate in the waters. The village is reached via the coastal town of Struisbaai.
Also known as L’Agulhas, Cape Agulhas offers visitors the perfect location to get away from busy city life – peace and tranquillity reigns. The “exact point” of the meeting of the two oceans is known as the “Graveyard of Ships”, notable by a plague a short walk from the lighthouse.
Cape Agulhas is part of the developing Agulhas National Park which plays host to over 1 700 botanical species and the breeding site for many rare birds such as the African Black Oystercatcher.
The lighthouse today is a major tourist attraction in the form of a museum. The light is operated by Transnet National Ports Authority. The Agulhas Lighthouse is the second-oldest working one in South Africa and was designed by Colonel Charles Cornwell Michell in homage of the Pharos of Alexandria.
Cape Agulhus is a delightful holiday experience to relax and absorb the beauty of nature.
Things to do in the area include:
Tasting of local wines
Visit to the lighthouse
Walking on the boardwalk
Agulhas National Park (SANParks)