L’Agulhas, bordering Cape Agulhas - the southernmost point of Africa, is the southernmost human settlement in Africa. It’s a small coastal village and holiday settlement, about three hours’ drive from Cape Town. Most foreign travelers who visit don’t stay over and simply arrive to tick of having been to the the southern tip of Africa. Also very popular is a visit to the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, the third oldest in South Africa and second oldest lighthouse still in operation after Green Point Lighthouse in Cape Town.
The town is a little ways off the beaten track, which may be either good or bad for you depending on what you’re looking for when travelling. Should you have limited time available for your travels in South(ern) Africa you could consider rather opting to visit the ‘southwestern most point of Africa’ at Cape Point, while in Cape Town. Cape Point is way more scenic and dramatic and fits perfectly in a day’s explorations of the Cape Peninsula - at the top of which Cape Town proper is located.
However, if you enjoy including roads less travelled in your itinerary, L’Agulhas should fit right in. There’s some good quality guest house-type accommodation on offer and staying for a leisurely overnight or longer can’t hurt. The coastline’s attraction lies in its ruggedness and the atmosphere in town and at the quaint next-door village of Struisbaai is laid-back.
The main activities in the area, in addition to visiting Cape Agulhas and its name-sake lighthouse, is hiking, bird- and whale-watching. The latter is in-season from about July to November annually.. Struisbaai features a deserted 14km-long white sandy beach and if you don’t mind slightly cold ocean swimming there’s that as well… Fishing charters and/or ocean cruises can be booked from the small Struisbaai Harbour.
This is a circular 5 day scheduled tour departing from Cape Town. Route 62 journeys through the valleys and mountain passes of the Klein Karoo. On the Garden Route you’ll focus on Knysna You return to Cape Town via the Cape South Coast. Mountain scenery, wildlife, ocean and more.
Highlights: Oudtshoorn , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Garden Route , Knysna , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Mossel Bay , The Garden Route Game Lodge , The Bartolomeu Dias Museum , Swellendam , Hermanus , Cape Agulhas .
Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point of Africa. If visiting the southern the tip of Africa is on your bucket list the journey is obviously worthwhile. Also worth a visit is the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. It includes a coffee and curios shop and a lighthouse museum in an adjoining building.
The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is the southernmost on the African continent. Only the third lighthouse in South Africa at the time, it was first commissioned on 1 March 1849. It fits perfectly with visiting nearby Cape Agulhas and includes the lighthouse tower, a coffee shop, curios shop and small museum.
The Western Cape is the most Southwestern province of South Africa and boasts many of the most popular tourist attractions. Cape Town is the hub of many of these attractions. It includes Table Mountain, The Cape Peninsula with its scenic beauty and wildlife, The Cape Winelands and the The Garden Route.