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Cape Agulhas

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This is the true southernmost point of Africa. Early seafarers called it "Agulhas" which is Portuguese for needles. Some say it’s named for the wickedly sharp rocks which have foundered unwary boats rounding the shallow and dangerous point and others that it’s because they noticed that compass needles showed no deviation at this place (that must have been scary stuff).

Tremendous rollers pound on this rocky coast and a lighthouse was built in 1849 to guide ships around the dangers of the cape. It is th eonly lighthouse museum in Africa.

There is much to do at the southernmost point in Africa. The Agulhas National Park offers the visitor some great hiking and driving trails. The coastline is dotted with shipwrecks, and the birdlife is exceptional, with a choice of fynbos, wetland and coastal birds and you can climb the infamous Lighthouse.

Spend a day at the De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve where you will find an abundance of wildlife, fynbos and birdlife. Take your mountain bike (or rent one there) and cycle through the fynbos while viewing game and incredible birdlife. Or go fishing at De Mond Nature Reserve at the mouth of the Heuningnes River for some great fishing.

Backpackers will also find the largest concentration of Southern Right whales along the South African coast from July to November each year.

Visit the Elim Wineries and sample the delicious wines of the southernmost wine route in Africa. Enjoy lunch at one of the farms and learn more about the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area.

Cape Agulhas Backpackers offers budget accommodation just 400m from 14kms of white sand, warm Indian Ocean, whale watching, kite boarding beach heaven.