Cape Agulhas, Western Cape, South Africa




Cape Agulhas is the most southerly point of Africa and is the official meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. L'Agulhas itself is a small town much enlivened over weekends and in the summer when the many holiday homes are filled.

The fishing, both commercial and recreational is excellent and it is a very popular spear fishing destination. The most efficient route would be to follow the N2 until about 20km (12 miles) beyond Riviersonderend, and then take the R317 down to the coast. Driving through Hermanus and Gansbaai is much slower but far more interesting and could include a detour to Elim.

History of L'Agulhas

The koppie (small hill) behind the legendary lighthouse in Cape L'Agulhas offers a panoramic view of the point where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. Early Portuguese seafarers christened this tip 'Cabo das Agulhas' which means 'Cape of Needles' and refers to the needle of the compass which at this point shows no real deviation between true north and magnetic north.

In 1836 the rocky point east of the 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. Here, at the southernmost tip of Africa is where the mighty Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.