The Southernmost Tip of Africa, and the place where two of the world's greatest oceans converge, Cape Agulhas is a popular South African destination, both with locals and international visitors alike.
Aside from its iconic location, Cape Agulhas originally gained a reputation for boasting hazardous winter storms and massive rogue waves reaching up to 30m in height. As the incredible Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, conflicting currents of water and strong westerly winds combine to create notorious ocean conditions. Famous shipwrecks include the Arniston in 1815, Elise in 1879, Gwendola in 1968, and Cooranga in 1964.
Conveniently located only 170km southeast of Cape Town, in the Overberg region, it was originally named Cabo das Agulhas - Portugese for "Cape of Needles" - by Portugese sailors who observed no variation between true and magnetic north on their compasses.
One of the most popular attractions in Cape Agulhas is the stunning red and white lighthouse, depicted on many a postcard of South Africa. Now a museum and National Monument, it is the second oldest operational lighthouse in the country.
Other enticing attractions include the Agulhas National Park, boasting fine land-based whale watching and bird watching, and the stone plaque right on the beach which depicts the official southernmost point in Africa. The quaint seaside town of Arniston is also a mere stone's throw away. Not surprisingly, this is a stunning place to have your photo taken!
Cape Agulhas accommodation ranges from guest houses, and countryside lodges, to B&B's and hotels. Take you pick from the following Venues4Africa properties and book your stay, today!