The Low Down on Cape Agulhas


On the southern tip of the African Continent, in the nation of South Africa, is one of the most beautiful coastlines on earth. The area, known as Cape Agulhas, has plenty to offer to visitors, even if it is known as one of the major hazards in world shipping.

Things to Do in Cape Agulhas

Because of its history as a dangerous area for navigating ships, there’s no surprise that the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is one of the most prominent features of the area. The lighthouse was completed in 1848, and overlooks what is essentially a memorial to countless shipwrecks. The cape is not just dangerous for smaller ships, but has also claimed some larger ships, even in recent history.

If you want to learn more about the history of the area, especially the shipwrecks, then you won’t want to miss out on the lighthouse museum. There’s even a small restaurant, so you can enjoy some South African cuisine as you absorb the history of the area.

The beach at Cape Agulhas is also a popular destination, and is one of the world’s most famous surfing spots. Surfing lessons are available in the area, and there are beginner friendly waves, so adventurous types of all ages can try their skills on a surf board for hire. There are even tidal pools that form on the beach, so if you want to spend a day in the glorious South African sun, then the beach is the best place to be.

The Cape Agulhas National Park is a great place for birdwatchers, and there are plenty of species, small and large. Some of these include the Agulhas Clapper, the Large-billed Lark, and the endangered Black Harrier, which can have a wing span of over 1.15 meters.

Accommodation in Cape Agulhas

You won’t find sprawling hotels and resorts, as the area has a much more personal and rustic appeal. However, if you’re looking for comfortable private accommodation, such as a homestead and bed & breakfast style retreats, then you will find plenty on offer. These are self service locations, where you can simply relax and take your time to enjoy the area, in comfort that would be comparable to your own home. If you are looking for something that is luxurious but with plenty of charm, then check out the Agulhas Country Lodge. The lodge has been crafted from local stone, and it fits in perfectly with the scenery, even with its modern twist. You can enjoy birdwatching right from your room, and you’re in close proximity to the beach, the lighthouse, and all the other attractions in the area.

Whatever you end up doing at Cape Agulhas, make sure that you allow yourself plenty of time to absorb the area. With safe and affordable accommodation, rich history, and majestic views of the Southern Ocean, Agulhas is a place that you should see at least once in your life.

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