Cape Agulhas, Western Cape, South Africa

L Agulhas, Western Cape.

Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point of Africa, and the official meeting point of the cold Atlantic and warm Indian Oceans. L'Agulhas is a small town which bustles to life every weekend and in the summer when many of the holiday homes are filled.

Commercial and recreational fishing is excellent, with spear fishing being very popular. The most efficient route would be to follow the N2 until about 20 kilometres (12 miles) beyond Riviersonderend.

From here you should take the R317 down to the coast. Another option is driving through Hermanus or Gansbaai. This drive is slower but much more interesting and could include a detour to Elim.

The history of L'Agulhas is a long and fascinating one. The koppie (hill) behind the legendary lighthouse in Cape Agulhas offers breathtaking views of the point where the two majestic oceans meet.

Early Portuguese explorers christened this tip 'Cabo das Agulhas', meaning 'Cape of Needles'. This refers to the needle of the compass which at this point shows no real deviation between true north and magnetic south.

In 1836 the rocky point east of Cape L'Agulhas lighthouse was officially acknowledged as the southernmost tip of Africa. In 1907, a land surveyor located the southernmost point west of the lighthouse.

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