If you have heard of the world famous Two-Oceans Marathon then you ought to know of Cape Agulhas. It is where those two oceans meet. Cape Agulhas is the great Geographical southern tip of African and the beginning of the dividing line between the Atlantic and the Indian oceans this according to the international Hydrographic Organisation.
Cape Agulhas in Portuguese is Cabo das Algulhas, meaning “Cape of Needles.” It is a rocky headland in the Western Cape South Africa.
It is located in the Overberg region 225km (2hrs, 45mins) drive from Cape Town. The Cape was named by Portuguese sailors in the year 1500 after noticing the direction of the magnetic North (and therefore the campus needle) coincided with true North in the region.
Cape Agulhas has a spectacular coastline, consisting of a gradually curving coastline with rocky and sandy beaches. A survey maker and a new ikon depicting the African continent are located at the most Southern tip of Africa.
The sea off Cape Argulhas is notorious for water storms and mammoth rogue waves, ranging up to 30 metres (100ft) high and can sink even larger ships. Over hundred years, it is believed that around 150 ships have sunk around Agulhas. Strong winds in the Cape are as a result of conflicting currents of waters of different densities, and the west winds blowing against the Agulhas can create extremely hazardous wave conditions.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Cape Town|
|DEPARTURE TIME||By arrangement|
|RETURN TIME||By arrangement|
We pick you up from Cape Town and follow N2 freeway driving through the majestic mountains of the Overberg region.
We proceed through the pattern of beautiful green and brown farms in the Overberg region heading to Caledon. This is a town in the Overberg region in the Western Cape located 100km east of Cape Town next to the mineral rich hot springs. The Caledon district is primarily an agricultural region, with most agricultural activities involving grain production with a certain amount of stock farming.
The place was originally known in Dutch as “Bad agter de berg”. A bath house was built in 1797.
Cape Agulhas Light House
This light house has been built for over 150 years as a maritime chaperone over the notorious “cape of storms”, at the most southern tip of Africa.
This is the official meeting point of the Indian and the Atlantic ocean and also the convergence point of the Mozambique and Benguela currents.
This light house was built in 1848 and is the second oldest working light house in South Africa. Its design was modeled after one of the oldest Seven Wonders of the World – the original Egyptian Pharaohs. The lighthouse stands tall in red and white stripes just 1Km away from the most Southern tip of the rocky coastlines.
After taking a walk on the stony beach and taking much deserved photos we have lunch in one of the many restaurants serving the locals and groups of tourists visiting this geographical land mark.
We then take the drive back to Cape Town after ticking another box – the most Southern tip of Africa.
- Pick up from Hotel Cape Town
- Drive via Caledon
- Cape Agulhas – the Southernmost tip of Africa
- Where the two oceans (Indian and Atlantic Oceans) meet
- Return to Cape Town
This tour is ideally for a group or a private tour. The minimum price for the journey is R6000. However, when booked in groups the following are the prices
- R1850pp with minimum 3 pax
- R6000 per trip for 4-6 pax
- R7500 per trip for 7-8 pax