A Little About Cape L'Agulhas
L’Agulhas is the southernmost town in Africa and the closest to the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans officially meet. Early Portuguese seafarers rounding this dangerous cape christened it Golfo de Agulhas (Gulf of Needles). Later, due to French influence, the name underwent a further change and the town subsequently became known as L’Agulhas.
The name refers to the jagged rocks of the coastline and the fact that a compass needle shows a 26 degree deviation at this spot between true north and magnetic north. L’Agulhas gets it’s rich heritage from the shipwreck survivors of many nationalities who settled in this remote place. The windswept, ruggedly beautiful Agulhas Plain lays claim to the developing Agulhas National Park, which is host to more than 1 750 botanical species. The coastline supports a rich marine and intertidal life, with breeding sites of rare birds such as the African Black Oystercatcher and Southern Right whales can be seen at play in spring and early summer.
The country’s second oldest working lighthouse was built here in 1848 in the Pharaohs style. You can browse the fascinating lighthouse museum and curio shop, or climb the 71 steps to the top of the Lighthouse. The “koppie”(small hill) behind the lighthouse provides a panoramic view of passing ships and the point at which the two oceans meet. The actual southernmost tip of Africa is marked by a simple cairn situated 1km west of the lighthouse.
East of the tip are “visvywers”(fish traps) which were created by inhabitants of the area thousands of years ago. These traps – constructed by building dams across shallow gullies – strand the fish on the outgoing tide. Some “visvywers” have been maintained through the centuries and are still used today. The discovery of stone hearths and pottery, together with shell middens, are a valuable historic and cultural legacy left by the Khoikhoi beach nomads, who lived along this coastline for centuries.
The water around the shoreline here is very shallow and Cape Agulhas is known to have one of the best fishing grounds in South Africa. L’Agulhas also has several hiking trails, and there are also tidal pools and rock pools for swimming. The small village of Suiderstrand is located just 5kms west of the southern tip, on the Atlantic Ocean side. Completely surrounded by the Agulhas National Park and the ocean, this village is a nature lover’s paradise. Coastal walks and hikes through the National Park rewards the visitor with superb views, pristine beaches, pebble bays, rock pools and a unique marine lagoon.
- “The Southernmost Tip of Africa”
- Where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans officially meet.
- Whale watching in season (July-November)
- Renowned for birdwatching
- 3 tidal pools within walking distance – with lovely picnic areas.
- Restaurants, shops and the famous lighthouse within walking distance.
- Photograph the wreck of the Meishu Maru (1982) on the Suiderstrand road about 1 km from the southernmost point.
- Struisbaai boasts the longest natural beach in the Southern Hemisphere which stretches for a total of 14 kilometres.
- Fishing from beach or charter boats at Struisbaai’s working harbour.
- Hiking nature trails through L’Agulhas National Park.
- De Hoop Nature Reserve.
- Military Museum in Napier (only 45 km from Beachcombers B&B)
- Old Toy museum with toys dating from the 1800’s in Napier.
- Kapula candle factory that have galleries internationally. (Bredasdorp)
- Close to Arniston or visit Malgas for the day.
- Shipwreck museum ( Bredasdorp)
A Little About Cape L'Agulhas
Situated on the Agulhas Plain at the southernmost tip of the African continent, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans officially meet, the Agulhas National Park offers the visitor some great hiking and driving trails. The coastline is dotted with shipwrecks, and the birdlife is exceptional, with a choice of fynbos, wetland and coastal birds. Climb to the top of the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, which houses the only lighthouse museum in Africa.
Agulhas National Park: +27 28 435 6078.
Spend a day at the De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve…
With seven different ecosystems, this is where you will find an abundance of wildlife, fynbos and birdlife. Take your mountain bike (or rent one there) and cycle through the fynbos while viewing game and incredible birdlife. You will also find the largest concentration of Southern Right whales along the South African coast from July to November each year. Enjoy a lunch at the Reserve’s restaurant or order a picnic basket and enjoy it at Koppie Alleen, one of the best land-based whale watching sites in the world.
De Hoop Nature & Marine Reserve: +27 28 542 1253
Visit the Elim Wineries…
Sample the delicious wines of the southernmost wine route in Africa. Enjoy lunch at one of the farms and learn more about the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area & Buffalo Tours.
Tours by appointment only!
Contact: Rory Allardice 082 929 9904
Highly recommend lunch at The Black Oystercatcher +27 28 482 1618
Explore Kassiesbaai and the Waenhuiskrans cave…
Explore the quaint fishing village of Kassiesbaai at Arniston, and get an idea of how life was for fishermen in days gone by. The entire village has been declared a national heritage site, so every building is protected by law. Whilst there, visit the Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve and the Waenhuiskrans cave, which is only accessible at low tide.
Visit the stingrays at Struisbaai harbour…
Watch the fishermen haul in their catch and experience hand feeding stingrays at Struisbaai harbour. Simply spend the day on one of the longest white sand beaches in Southern Africa.
L’Agulhas Info at the Lighthouse: +27 28 435 7185.
Sleep in Absolute Peace Wake up to Bright Sunshine
Beachcombers is conveniently situated on the main road into the village of Agulhas and within walking distance of nature reserves, hiking trails, the light house, shops and restaurants