Agulhas National Park

A nature reserve on the southernmost tip of the African continent – the official position of the tip is 34 ° 49 ’58 “South and 20 ° 00′ 12 ” East. A plaque indicates the exact location of this specific place. It is on this point that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans officially come together.

The Agulhas nature reserve and the beautiful coast have plenty to offer tourists and every year it attracts many nature lovers and peace seekers. You will find around 2000 different species of Fynbos in this nature reserve. For example, it includes representatives of the unique limestone-fynbos vegetation. Although most varieties flower between May and September, there are also flowers that can be admired every season. Every now and then a Cape Grysbok can be spotted among all that overwhelming green.

With a little luck, you can spot whales along the coast between June and November. The bay of Cape Agulhas is then the center of reproduction of these amazing animals. Sea lobes and dolphins are also having a great time in this already warming water. You will also find the African Black Oystercatcher here that is threatened with extinction.
The lighthouse at Cape Agulhas is an attraction in itself, the lighthouse was built to assist the early explorers beyond Cape Agulhas on their rough sea voyages. Seventy-one steps lead to the top of the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa. And from there you naturally have a phenomenal view.

– Lighthouse (open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
– Whale watching (June – Nov)
– Southernmost point of the continent of Africa
– Rasper point fish traps
– View Fynbos and birds
– Hike / hiking tours such as the 5.5 km long Rasperpunt Hiking Trail and the Two Oceans 10.5 km long trail

The park has no facilities, so you must go to the surrounding towns such as; l’Agulhas, Struisbaai or Bredasdorp.

Opening times main entrance: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Office opening hours 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM and on weekends and public holidays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Conservation Fees: the South African National Park administration has set a daily entrance fee that applies to all parks. If you are going to visit several SAN Parks in South Africa, it may be useful to purchase a Wildcard.

Accommodation: Agulhas RestCamp

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