Cape Agulhas by Laura Elizabeth Pohl

Among the many beautiful places you can visit in South Africa, Cape Agulhas isn’t the most exciting. There are no Big Five animals to observe or breathtaking mountains to climb up. What you get for coming here is a fantastic view of two oceans, and bragging rights. “I visited the southernmost point of Africa!” you can tell your friends.

Before visiting South Africa a few years ago, I thought the Cape of Good Hope was the tip of the continent. It turns out that a lot of people think that, maybe because it’s the point where ships traveling from Europe to Asia turn east. Or maybe it’s because the Cape of Good Hope is a quick drive from Cape Town (Cape Agulhas is a 2.5-hour drive from the Mother City).

In any case, Cape Agulhas is worth a visit, but only for a day trip. Activities are limited to walking along the shore, going up the lighthouse (if you’re OK with climbing steep ladders), visiting the lighthouse museum, and looking at a shipwreck. This last one is quite interesting. Much of South Africa’s coast is a ship graveyard and this wreck, the Meisho Maru 38, is one of the few you can see without diving. Everyone aboard survived the accident.

If you do visit Cape Agulhas, my pro tips are 1) bring your own lunch so you can picnic while sitting on the rocks and watching the waves crash and 2) bring a light jacket. It can get quite windy.

Cape Agulhas by Laura Elizabeth Pohl

Lighthouse at Cape Agulhas by Laura Elizabeth Pohl

Lighthouse at Cape Agulhas by Laura Elizabeth Pohl

View from Lighthouse at Cape Agulhas by Laura Elizabeth Pohl

Shipwreck at Cape Agulhas by Laura Elizabeth Pohl