About Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse has stood for over 150 years as a maritime chaperone over the notorious 'Cape of Storms', at the most southern tip of Africa. This official meeting point of the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean is also the point of convergence of the Mozambique and Benguela currents.

The Agulhas bank is a unique geographical formation which bears the title 'Graveyard of Ships' due to this challenging crossing resulting in numerous shipwrecks. The ocean depth in this area is only 60 fathoms deep for 250 kilometres out to sea and then drops sharply to 180 000 fathoms reaching as far as Antarctica. When seafaring Portuguese vessels rounded this Cape tip in the 15th century their compass needles would swing unable to determine True North from Magnetic North. As a result, in 1488 the Portuguese navigator, Bartholomew Dias, named this ocean site 'Capo das Agulhas' translating to 'Cape of Needles'.

Built in 1848 this is the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa. The design is modelled on one of the oldest seven wonders of the world, the original Egyptian Faros lighthouse. Its inspired historic architecture stands tall in red and white stripes just one kilometre away from the most southern tip of the rocky coastline. The adjacent limestone quarry was mined for stone as the raw building material. In 1962, this sandstone started crumbling due to its sea weathering and a new aluminium lighthouse was built nearby preserving the original lighthouse as a national monument and the only lighthouse museum in Africa.

The museum at Cape Agulhas displays include remains of ancient fish traps made of stone and used by the Khoisan people. The lighthouse has focal plane of 31 meters above height water, with a light power of 7 500 000 CD with a revolving electric light flashing once every 5 seconds, reaching 30 nautical miles out to sea. Climb the 71 narrow steps to the top of the tower and look out bravely across the wild ocean that holds the sunken treasures of early explorers.

Need to Know

WhereAgulhus National Park, Cape Agulhas, Western Cape.

WhenCall to confirm.

How muchPrices on request.

Telephone+27 (0)28 435-6222

OvernightThe closest town is L'Agulhas, in Western Cape

Disclaimer

Please note, business details can change. While we endeavour to ensure all information provided by the service provider is correct at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability caused by errors or changes, such as price, cost, time, and location. Please check with the provider that the activity/business is still offered as described, before making any travel plans.

Feedback?

Please let us know if anything on this page is outdated or contains inaccuracies. Click here to send us feedback if this is your service/activity.

Additional Reading

If you are planning a visit to the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, read about our editor's experience at "In search of Horatio Blair Adams at the Southern-most Tip of Africa".

Find Cape Agulhas Lighthouse in these collections

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options

Other things to do in the area

Noteworthy attractions

Accommodation convenient to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / Western Cape Accommodation / Cape Town Accommodation / Cape Overberg Accommodation / Cape Agulhas Accommodation / L'Agulhas Accommodation

L'Agulhas as a destination

Want to stay overnight?

Number of Guests

Property Type

  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via SA-Venues.com
Things To Do
  • L'Agulhas

SA-Venues.com has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.