Cape Agulhas Journals

Africa's southernmost tip & where two oceans meet

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An April 2005 trip to Cape Agulhas by MiriamMannak

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Photo, Cape Agulhas, South Africa More Photos
Quote: Besides Table Mountain and Robben Island, Cape Agulhas - Africa's southernmost tip - should be on your schedule when traveling the Western Cape.

Africa's southernmost tip & where two oceans meet

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Overview

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The highlight of Agulhas is the 'monument' of Cape Agulhas, Africa's southernmost tip, marking the place where the Indian meets the Atlantic Ocean. A second attraction is the lighthouse (1849), the third oldest lighthouse in S.A. Other highlights: the incredibly beautiful town of Arniston and the Shipwreck museum in Bredasdorp.Quick Tips: Are you driving to Agulhas coming from Cape Town? Do you have time on your hands? Than take this route. It is an incredibly beautiful coastal route that is definitely worthwhile.From Cape Town you take the N2. At Strand you take the R44, which is a lovely coastal route that runs to Kleinmond. After Kleinmond you take the R43 towards Herma...Read More

Oupos

Hotel

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Want to stay overnight in Agulhas and meet local people who can tell you the greatest stories about the area? Then stay in Oupos B&B. Elma and her husband, of whom I forgot the name, are an incredibly sweet couple who invite travelers, for whom they have reserved four bedrooms (two doubles & two twins), into their homes. Both bedrooms have their own bathrooms and toilet and look out over the Atlantic Ocean and the lighthouse. In the morning, Elma prepares an incredible breakfast that helped me through the day and early evening.It is not that the accommodations at Oupos B&B (and old post office; Oupos literally means Old Mail in Afrikaans) are s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 14, 2005

Oupos
Hoofweg 258
Cape Agulhas, South Africa 7287
+27 83 4082874

South of Africa Hotel & Backpackers

Hotel | "South of Africa Hotel & Backpackers"

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When we were in Arniston, we stayed at South of Africa. Originally, I had booked a double room at their backpackers' section, but we ended up in a double in the hotel. For only R250 per room per night we also got a massive breakfast buffet with coffee, tea, juices, cereals, different kinds of eggs, different breads, cheeses, fruit salads, and more. Quite a bargain, since the double room at the backpackers was R210, excluding breakfast (R55 per person).Despite the fact that South of Africa isn't all that special, we had a very pleasant stay. A bit awkward is that the hotel used to be part of the Overberg Test Range, developed in the 1980s as part of South Africa ballistic missile program. I...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 15, 2005

Zuidste Kaap

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Restaurant

Zuidste Kaap Photo, Cape Agulhas, South Africa
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Don't expect a great nightlife scene in the town of Agulhas, because it isn't all that exciting. Apart from the stunning and historical location, and the two main attractions (the lighthouse and the Agulhas monument), there isn't a whole lot to do.There are a couple of restaurants, and one of them is de Zuidste Kaap, claiming it is the most southern located restaurant in Africa. Of course we could argue about that facts, since there are a couple of eateries down the road, towards the lighthouse and Africa’s most southern point. But oh well, let's not do that. This is a dining review, not a discussion. De Zuidste Kaap has a simple menu with simple dishes, also focused on the for...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 14, 2005

Zuidste Kaap
99 Hoof St.
Cape Agulhas, South Africa 7287

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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Attraction | "Cape Agulhas Monument"

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Photo, Cape Agulhas, South Africa
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Cape Agulhas: I always have been fascinated with the most southern tip of Africa, the place where the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean meet. Contrary to what many people want to make you believe, the two oceans do not meet at Cape of Good Hope. The ocean in False Bay is slightly warmer than the ocean in Table Bay because the warm waters of the Indian Ocean reach and flow into this bay. The Portuguese, in the 15th century, were responsible for the name of Cape Agulhas. These sailors christened it Cabo das Agulhas, meaning Cape of Needles. This was because their compass needles showed no variation between north and magnetic north points. When I was a little girl, my gran...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 14, 2005

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

Cape Agulhas, South Africa

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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Attraction

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Photo, Cape Agulhas, South Africa
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Besides the Agulhas Monument, the second major tourist attraction in Cape Agulhas is the characteristic red-and-white-striped lighthouse (1849). It is South Africa’s third lighthouse and the second lighthouse in the country that was solidly built.Interesting about this lighthouse is that was constructed and designed based on one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, namely the Pharos of Alexandria. The Pharos of Alexandria in Egypt, or the Lighthouse of Alexandria, was build in the 3rd century BC but was largely destroyed in the 14th century after a series of earthquakes. Unfortunately, halfway through the 20th century, the sandstone façade of the Cape Agulhas...Read More

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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

Cape Agulhas, South Africa

Arniston & Waenhuiskrans

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Attraction | "Arniston & Waenhuiskrans"

Arniston & Waenhuiskrans Photo, Cape Agulhas, South Africa
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I love Arniston, I absolutely do. This cute, quaint fishermen’s village just passed Cape Agulhas, about 2 to 3 hours drive from Cape Town, is the perfect getaway spot. I have been there only once, but I am sure I will get there again. Soon!ShipwreckArniston’s is also called Waenhuiskrans. The town got its second name after the HMS Arniston, a British threemasted transport ship, wrecked on the rocks of the Arniston Reef in 1815. Of the 378 passengers, mostly wounded soldiers from Ceylon that were transported via Cape Town back to England, only six survived the ordeal. Cave crawlingThe name Waenhuiskrans literally means ox wagon cave....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 15, 2005

Arniston & Waenhuiskrans
24km outside Bredasdorp
Cape Agulhas, South Africa

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MiriamMannak

MiriamMannak
Cape Town, South Africa