Agulhas National Park, Western Cape
Lying in what is known as the Agulhas Plain at the southernmost tip of Africa is the Agulhas National Park, just 45 kilometres from the popular village of Gansbaai.
This might be the meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but the Agulhas National park’s focus is on some of the most splendid examples of lowland fynbos and lowland fynbos on limestone soils - considered endangered and restricted largely to the southern Overberg. The Agulhas National Park is the mainstay of the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative, whose aim is to address the main threats to the globally significant lowland fynbos biodiversity of the Agulhas Plain, and to improve the livelihoods of the region’s local communities. Their long-term ambition of turning what was a small piece of land around Cape Agulhas into an expanded park that crosses the borders of the Danger Point Peninsula, is already underway and includes the incorporation of a number of privately owned farms and reserves into a collection of heartlands, corridors and refugias that will lie side-by-side with working farms and settlements in one big mega-reserve.
In this way the whole of the southern-most part of South Africa will again become a natural area - re-introduced wildlife will roam free in a restored indigenous landscape and settlements and working farms will be fenced in. Rumour has it that the re-bred guagga, Cape lion and hippo are amongst the animals to be re-established in this former ‘Serengeti of the Western Cape’.
Other highlights of a visit to the Agulhas National Park include the cairn that marks the southern-most tip of Africa, the lighthouse at Cape Agulhas, the graveyard of ships that lie just off the coast once known as ‘the Cape of Storms’, where some 250 ships have been wrecked over time, and whale watching in season.
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