Cape Agulhas, South Africa
Agulhas in South Africa is the continent’s southernmost area. Cape Agulhas is the official point where Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. The name of the cape in Portuguese means “the Cape of Needles” and that is because of the many sharp ship-wrecking rocks and reefs. Ship-wrecks can be found all over the coastline. The area of Agulhas incorporates seven towns (Elim, Arniston, Bredasdorp, Napier, Struisbaai, Suidersland and L’Agulhas),AgulhasNational Parkand De Mond Nature Reserve.
Agulhas is a perfect region for those who are keen on nature and outdoor activities. The diversity of amazing wildlife is what the locals are truly proud of. There are seven eco-systems in Agulhas and each one of them is rich in magnificent bird and plant species.
You can rent a bike and have an exciting ride through the fybos of the Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve. This reserve is very special as it is the place where each year from July to November the most dense concentration of the Southern Right whales can be observed. And of course birds! Watching the stunning birdlife of Agulhas is experience that can be gained only in few places of our planet. Undoubtedly, Agulhas is among them. Enjoy a nice day by theHeuningnesRiverand you will be surprised how many rare bird species you will observe there. Giant Tern and African Black Oystercatcher are just a couple to name. You can also apply for a permission to do some fishing in the river.
In the village of Elim, the visit of the Heritage center is advised to those who are interested in the history of the region. Also, go to the Geelkop Nature Reserve, if visiting Elim. In spring, the hills of the reserve bloom in yellow (that’s what “geelkop” means) and you can hike its trails to enjoy the magnificent view.
In Bredasdorp, a ship-wreck museum is located, but going up to the Lighthouse museum in L’Agulhas is definitely a must-do activity for any visitor of Agulhas to catch that historical feeling that incorporates so well in the unique nature of the cape.