Activities & Facilities
The following activities are available in the surrounding towns or in the Park:
The official position of the tip is 34° 49’ 58" south and 20° 00’ 12’’ east. A cairn marks the tip’s exact location. It is at this longitudinal point that the Atlantic and Indian oceans officially meet. (Agulhas).
The lighthouse was built to aid the early explorers on their passage of the rough seas off Cape Agulhas. Seventy-one steps lead up to the top of the second oldest working lighthouse in southern Africa. Stone mined from the adjacent limestone quarry provided the raw materials for its construction. The building also houses a unique lighthouse museum. Remains of ancient stone fish traps used by the Khoisan people can be seen to the east of the lighthouse.
The Zoetendal, Birkenhead and Armiston are some of the many shipwrecks found along the Agulhas coastline. Showpieces from these shipwrecks are on display at the Bredasdorp Shipwreck museum. Visitors to the area can still see the remains of the Meisho Maru 38 wreck on the shores of Cape Agulhas.
The Agulhas Plain has great diversity of flora. The Agulhas area contains representatives of unique vegetation such as limestone fynbos. Although most species bloom between May and September, there are flowers to be enjoyed in any season. Explore the Agulhas Plain with its great diversity of indigenous flora, and unique vegetation such as limestone fynbos! Please enquire about the Fynbos Flower Show which is on display alternatively in Elim & Agulhas.
Take a slow drive along the Struisbaai-Elim route and enjoy the vast wealth of bird life in and around the Park, especially at the salt pans and along the wetlands. The Park has exceptional birdlife, including endangered avifauna, such as the African Black Oyster-catcher.
A comprehensive Birding List of the Overberg can be purchased for R10 from the tourist office located below the lighthouse. (Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm, closed between 1pm - 2pm).
The Springfield pan was exploited by the Springfield Salt and Farming Company (Pty) Ltd (1914 - 1950). The remains of the concentration and crystallisation ponds, production plant and manager's homestead are now part of the cultural heritage in the Park and a famous birding spot.
Fishing permits can be purchased from the Struisbaai Post Office at the Struisbaai Mall. Rock and Deep sea fishing is a favourite pass time for most visitors at the Southern Tip.
- Cape Agulhas Wine Route – the southernmost wine route
- Museums - Shipwreck Museum (Bredasdorp), Lighthouse Museum (L’Agulhas), Elim Heritage Centre (Elim)
- 4x4 Trails
- Whale Watching (June to September)
- Rock & Surf Angling
- Visiting Art Galleries
This is the newest of the hiking trails and follows a circular route through the Park. The name of the hiking trail is linked to a viewpoint on top of the Sandberg from which the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean can be seen. The trail passes through indigenous fynbos and is about 10.5 km long and takes most hikers between four and five hours to complete the entire trail. There are two alternative routes - a 3 km (one hour) and slightly longer route of 4.5 km (two hours) for hikers who may not wish to walk the entire route. The route is marked with coloured markers. A self-guided booklet can be purchased at the main reception office at 214 Main Road, Agulhas.
A 5,5km circular hiking trail, with its start/end at the Meisho Maru shipwreck. Experience the coastline, coastal fynbos, ancient fish traps, fresh water fountains for the first half of the walk. Turn inland, cross the gravel road and work your way up the ridge with magnificent views of the Rasperpunt rock formations and the coastline. The route markers are numbered along the route and a self-guide booklet can be purchased at the reception at 214 Main Road, Agulhas.
The trail starts at the beginning of the town of L'Agulhas. The trail takes the hiker on a short journey to explore the fynbos, birdlife and historical points of interest. Look-out spots highlight the southern-most towns, the sea and the point where the two oceans meet. At a relaxed pace the trail could be completed in less than 3 hours. An information pamphlets is available at the Tourism Office situated inside the lighthouse.
A community fund of 1% will be added to the cost of all accommodation and activity reservations arriving on or after the 1st of June 2012.
There are no facilities in the Park, but restaurants, pubs, shops, banks, and other facilities are available in the nearby towns of L’Agulhas, Struisbaai or Bredasdorp.
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