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The village of L'Agulhas, at the southernmost tip of Africa and just two hours drive from Cape Town, is thought to have been named Agulhas ('needles') because here the compass needle points due north without magnetic deviation. Residents of L'Agulhas are proud to be those Africans living closest to the South Pole.

This beautiful and rugged southern most tip has recently been proclaimed the Agulhas National Park. It supports a diverse intertidal and marine life and is breeding ground for the African black oystercatcher. Archaeological findings link deposits to early Khoisan inhabitants and remnants of ancient fish traps are still visible near the lighthouse.

The rocky coastline is infamous for shipwrecks on the shallow Agulhas Bank and the country's second oldest 18-million-candlepower lighthouse, built in 1848, is a national monument worth visiting. Visitors come to see the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans from a nearby koppie ('hill'). The islands around L'Agulhas are home to seabirds and seals and seasonal Southern Right whales are a common sight along this coastline.

Cape Agulhas, located at the southernmost tip of Africa in the Western Cape, is a unique destination known for its natural beauty and historical significance. Here are five things to see and do in and around Cape Agulhas:

  1. Cape Agulhas Lighthouse:
    Historic Landmark: Built in 1848, it is the second-oldest working lighthouse in South Africa.
    Climb the Tower: Visitors can climb the narrow staircase to the top for panoramic views of the rugged coastline where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.

  2. Southernmost Tip of Africa:
    Geographical Landmark: Visit the exact point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans officially meet, marked by a plaque.
    Iconic Photo Spot: This is a popular spot for photographs and to reflect on standing at the southernmost tip of the African continent.

  3. Agulhas National Park:
    Biodiversity: The park is home to unique flora and fauna, including fynbos, rare birds, and marine life.
    Hiking and Trails: Explore various trails that offer stunning coastal views, indigenous plants, and wildlife sightings.

  4. Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp:
    Maritime History: Learn about the numerous shipwrecks along the dangerous Agulhas coast, known as the "Graveyard of Ships."
    Artifacts and Exhibits: The museum showcases fascinating artifacts recovered from shipwrecks, providing insights into maritime history and early explorers.

  5. Struisbaai:
    Longest Natural Beach: Struisbaai boasts one of the longest natural beaches in the Southern Hemisphere, ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing.
    Fishing and Harbor: Visit the vibrant Struisbaai Harbor to see local fishermen and possibly spot the resident stingrays that frequent the area.

These attractions highlight the unique geographical, historical, and natural significance of Cape Agulhas, making it a must-visit destination for travelers exploring the Western Cape.

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