Garden Route Tours, Cape Agulhas, South Africa

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Cape Agulhas, The South Point of Africa

Cape Agulhas is the most Southern tip on the continent of Africa. Portuguese seafarers named this town "Needle Cape" because here, their compass needles pointed to true north with no deviation when sailing around the Southern coastline of South Africa. An alternative opinion says that the name originates from the ragged and pointed reefs offshore. Longer Garden Route tours stay in Agulhas as one of their overnight stops, where shorter tours can request it on private Garden Route tours.

As the southernmost tip of the continent, Agulhas is also regarded as the official location where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet. The waters near the coast are quite shallow and informally known as the best fishing areas in South Africa. these areas are called the 'Agulhas Bank' and it is less than 100 metres in depth. Only after 250 kilometres into the sea, does it go dramatically down. The Indian Ocean have warmer waters than the Atlantic, making swimming conditions in this area and along The Garden Route a little more enjoyable.

Cape Agulhas offers something for any type of traveller and is included in some  of our Garden Route tours

Cape Agulhas has rough winds and storms. The tens of shipwrecks here are witness to the mighty storms in this region and around the coast of South Africa. At low tide the wreck of the Meisho Maru looms from the water. The coastline of the Southern Cape and Garden Route has been hailed as The graveyard of shipwrecks. We have many wreckage sights and a shipwreck museum which can be requested and visited during Garden Route tours or our 2 Day Agulhas tours.

The massive lighthouse of Agulhas, built in 1848, is worth a visit. The lighthouse is until today, despite the gps navigation systems of modern boats and vessels, fully operational. The mighty light beam has a range of around 60 kilometres. Tours are available to the tower and you can climb up the lighthouse for a birds eye view over the shoreline. Because the coastal Fynbos vegetation of South Africa is extraordinarily rich and diverse, the Agulhas coastline was recently named a National Park. More than 2000 different plants grow there, 100 of them are exclusive to this area. The park blends in with the protected forests and vegetation of The Garden Route, even though the official Garden Route only starts in Mossel Bay.

Struisbaai is right next to Cape Agulhas and has the longest uninterupted sandy beach in South Africa.

Neighbouring Struisbaai is an old fishing village, founded in the middle of the 19th century. Its harbour is still active. The pretty white-washed fishermens houses and cottages have been beautifully restored. They are under monument protection like the little thatched Anglican chapel, too. Our advertised 6 Day Garden Route tours spend the first night of the tours in this town, offering more than enough time to explore Cape Agulhas and the tip of South Africa.

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