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Home of Adamastor and The Flying Dutchman


Explore the legendary Cape of Storms, immortalised in Camões’ The Lusiads and in sailors’ yarns as the turbulent domain of Adamastor and The Flying Dutchman. Its coastline has long served as a graveyard to ships that have perished attempting to round Africa’s southern tip. The waters surrounding Cape Agulhas act as the rendezvous point for the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and the town itself is known to be the southernmost point of the continent.

Today, the quaint coastal town of Agulhas is sprawled across a rocky, unassuming coastline and is frequented by tourists who are eager to escape the hubbub of Cape Town. Those travelling along the Western Cape’s coastline in search of whales (best seen between June and November) also consider this a must-visit spot. The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (built in 1848) is home to a museum and restaurant while the Bredasdorp Shipwreck Museum houses relics of some of the shipwrecks along the Cape Agulhas shoreline.

The area is home to a few Hiking trails along the coast, some of which are dotted with titbits of information on well-signed paths. Agulhas is also home to one of the best fishing spots on the continent and, as a result, boasts a number of excellent restaurants serving locally--caught fare.

 

Highlights

  • Agulhas is a three-hour drive from Cape Town and a great stopover point for those exploring the Whale Route or heading towards the Garden Route
  • Agulhas is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and is the southernmost tip of Africa
  • This quaint town is home to a number of accommodation types for those passing through
  • Hiking and fishing are popular in Agulhas which is also home to a national park and a number of museums

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