The Cape Agulhas Region, Western Cape

Book your accommodation in Cape Agulhas for an experience of the drama of South African landscapes. The rocky headland of Cape Agulhas is the place where two great oceans – the Indian and Atlantic – meet. It's also the spot at which to have one's photo taken at the official southernmost tip of Africa, where there is a stone plaque that marks the place – right on the beach.

Did you know? The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse itself, as well as the precinct that surrounds and supports it, has, for some time, remained somewhat untouched and unexplored. For those that have visited the southernmost tip of the African continent, it is a very special and beautiful area...

The plaque forms part of a wooden boardwalk that is easy to stroll and which offers incredible views over the crashing seas. Confusingly, the point at which the Agulhas current meets the Benguela current tends to fluctuate seasonally between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point. But the official meeting place, decided by the International Hydrographical Organisation, is unquestionably Cape Agulhas - lest there be contention amongst your party.

Did you know? Once you've booked your hotel or Cape Agulhas accommodation in the Western Cape, explore the destination pages below for info on attractions, activities and things to do when you visit the Cape Agulhas Region.

Most visitors though consider the beautiful, historic red and white Cape Agulhas Lighthouse as the icon that denotes the tip of Africa. Certainly it's worth climbing to the top, even if you're intimidated by the wooden flights of steps that are little more than ladders in parts, or frightened of heights.

West of the lighthouse (you can drive from the lighthouse directly into the reserve) is the entrance to the Agulhas National Park where there is a wide range of accommodation. The clear night skies and access to the rocky coastline of the Cape of Agulhas are highlights to a stay here.

Historically, the cape has been known to sailors as particularly hazardous - notorious for winter storms and huge rogue waves that can reach a spectacular height of 30 metres - so it’s no surprise that it's littered with wrecks, one of which - the Meisho Maru - lies in the Agulhas National Park. North east of the official meeting place of two oceans are the little towns of L'Agulhas and Struisbaai.

The two seaside villages seem to melt into one another providing a string of seaside cottages from which to experience the warm and beautiful sandy beaches. And on the other side of the towns is De Mond Nature Reserve. Cape Agulhas and the combination of incredible beauty, beachside holiday fun and major nature reserves, is hard to beat.

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Destinations in the Cape Agulhas Region


Overnight? Arniston accommodation
Lying on the shores of Marcus Bay, just north-east of Cape Agulhas, is the tranquil little fishing village of Arniston, also known as Waenhuiskrans - ‘wagon shelter cliff’ - after a large low-tide sea cave, eroded in such a way as to resemble the structur...


Overnight? Baardskeerdersbos accommodation
The little village of Baardskeerdersbos is seated at the foot of the spurs of the Koueberge and the Bredasdorp- berge 25 kilometres from Gansbaai. It is also known as “B’bos” by those for whom the lengthy title that names not only the pretty hamlet bu...


Overnight? Bredasdorp accommodation
Book charming Bredasdorp accommodation for a getaway to remember during your time in sunny South Africa. The quaint town of Bredasdorp, which claims to be the first town or ‘dorp’ established in South Africa, lies on the slopes of a fairly high hill known...


Overnight? Elim accommodation
The charming little village known as Elim, dominated by white-washed fishermen’s cottages and fig trees, is one of the few surviving South African mission stations, founded in 1824 as the third Moravian mission station in the Cape, that today lies halfway...


The little village of Infanta is one of several villages that lie on the banks of the Breede River as it flows from its source near Ceres, although it is Witsand Infanta that lie at its mouth - Witsand on the eastern bank and Infanta on the west. You w...


Overnight? L'Agulhas accommodation
L’Agulhas or Agulas - The biggest draw card for Agulhas, other than the fact that it lies only two hours from Cape Town on one of the most beautiful coasts in the country, is that this little village lies on Cape Agulhas, the end of the African continent ...


Overnight? Malgas accommodation
The little town of Malgas, only 30 minutes from Swellendam, is a perfect stopover for exploring the Overberg and the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Set on the west bank of the Breede River, which supports a significant variety of fish and birds and is one of...


Overnight? Napier accommodation
The road to Napier takes you through never ending fields of wheat and barley, where the endangered Blue Crane can often be seen gathered together in large flocks. Napier is situated under the Soetmuisberg, surrounded by rolling wheat and barley fields, at...


Overnight? Struisbaai accommodation
Start your South African holiday in the little town of Struisbaai, which is home to many popular fishing spots, and plenty of catered and self-catering Struisbaai accommodation on the beach. When asked to describe Struisbaai, many refer to the pretty litt...


Overnight? Suiderstrand accommodation
In the beautiful Overberg District Municipality of the Western Cape is the little settlement of Suiderstrand (which means "southernmost beach"). It has an area of some 1.4 square kilometres and is home to only a few dozen folk. Still, it has a rich charac...

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