Cape Agulhas is the southernmost tip of Africa – not to be confused with Cape Point, the far more spectacular southern tip of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town. Cape Agulhas may not be as striking as Cape Point – few places in the world are – but it is lovely nonetheless. This wild, windswept stretch of coastline is beautiful in its isolation and a wonderful place to spend a few days.
Highlights of the destination
Cape Agulhas itself lies within the Agulhas National Park, which also offers excellent self-catering cottages and chalets, right on the sea. The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse has a small museum and you can climb the stairs to the top to see the view. There’s not much else to do in Agulhas than put your feet up and search for whales. The neighboring village of Struisbaai has a few small restaurants, and there’s a surfing school and sea charters for the more adventurous. Keep an eye out for the inquisitive stingray which often frequents Struisbaai harbor.
Practical + driving advice about the destination
There are no coastal routes into Cape Agulhas, only a single access road to the north. It’s not on the way to anywhere, which keeps it quiet and adds to its charm. You’ll want to spend at least two nights and a full day seeing the sights, although if you’re staying at the beautifully-situated Agulhas Rest Camp chalets, you’ll probably wish you were staying for longer.
Most travellers opt for booking a rental with 4×4 hire South Africa to accommodate their travel plans.