Tip of Africa Route

The Tip of Africa Route starts in Cape Town, where you take the N2 via Grabouw and Caledon to the pretty town of Napier after which you have a couple of choices

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Tip of Africa Route

Based on the Overberg Tourism map, the Tip of Africa Route starts in Cape Town, where you take the N2 via Grabouw and Caledon to the pretty town of Napier (make sure to stop off at the Napier Farmstall en route), after which you have a couple of choices...

Where? Cape Agulhas Region, Western Cape

When? Best in Spring and Summer

Overnight? See Bredasdorp accommodation, in Cape Overberg

Option One:

You can take the R316 to Bredasdorp, where the Shipwreck Museum alone is worth the venture, whilst the town's pretty architecture, Kapula Candles and Julian's brightly coloured gallery and restaurant are all worth visiting.

Then follow the newly tarred stretch to Elim, a Moravian Mission village where you can follow a tour of the historical buildings, along with Sally the dog. Backtrack to Bredasdorp and then take the R319 to Struisbaai.

Option Two:

From Napier visit Elim and then Bredasdorp, and then on to Struisbaai. Either way, your final destination is L'Agulhas, via Struisbaai.

Struisbaai has a 14 km strip of pretty beach along which you drive to reach L'Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans offically meet. This is a wonderful trip where a climb to the top of the Agulhas lighthouse makes fantastic viewing.

Partway back to Bredasdorp (all roads lead to Bredasdorp in this part of the world), a dirt road links the R319 to the R316 and on to the beautiful little seaside enclave of Arnisston/Waenhuiskrans. If you want the tarred version, you will need to go back to Bredasdorp. The village of Arniston is beautiful. In particular stroll through Kassiesbaai Fishing Village and visit the Waenhuiskrans cave (at low tide).

Finally, and if there is time, head back to Bredasdorp and on to De Hoop Nature Reserve where there are incredible whale watching spots on the cliffs and beaches, and a diversity of fynbos that will have you spellbound.

Other Popular Routes in the Region

Green Mountain Eco Route

Where? Elgin
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Mountain and Meadows Route

Where? Greyton
Based on the Overberg Tourism map, the Mountain and Meadows Route starts in Villiersdorp, the assumption being that you have already done the Green Mountain Eco Route. Take the R43 from Villiersdorp back to the N2, direction Caledon. After...

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Mountain Treasure Route

Where? Swellendam
Based on the Overberg Tourism map, the Mountain Treasure Route starts on the N2 en route to Swellendam, past Riviersonderend. Riviersonderend is a beautiful little town with incredible mountain and river scenery that takes its name from the...

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Overberg Fynbos Route

Where? Elgin
The Overberg Fynbos Route, also known as the Southern Overberg Fynbos Route, is a route put together by a group of land owners in the southern Overberg, with the intention of promoting an area rich in fynbos, beauty, nature reserves and...

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Did you know?

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is one of the most popular lighthouses to climb, give or take the odd ladder, due to its position at the most southern tip of Africa. When you consider that locals took on the responsibility of its upkeep when it was condemned in 1962, this lighthouse is a must-do. It also has one of the only lighthouse museums in the country.

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