Cape Point is not the most Southern Tip of Africa

I was in the Touring and Airport Transfer business for almost and decade. One of our most popular day packages was visiting Cape Point. I will never forget that day in the middle of December when I heard a touring guide told a Dutch visitor that we are now at the most Southern Tip of Africa. Not only did he say the most Southern Tip of Africa but told the visitors that you can actually see how the two ocean’s meet. In disbelieve and feeling somehow embarrassed I walked over and said bluntly to him that Cape Point is not the most Southern Tip of Africa.

Cape Point is not the Most Southern Point of Africa
Cape Agulhas the most Southern Point of Africa

Cape Agulhas is the most Southern Tip of Africa and lays 170km South East of Cape Town.

L’Agulhas is the most southern coastal village and holiday resort in Africa, located within the Cape Agulhas Municipal (CAM) area at the southernmost tip of the African mainland. It is situated next to the town of Struisbaai and about 30 kilometres (20 mi) south of the regional centre of Bredasdorp. The name “Agulhas”, Portuguese for “needles”, is said to have been given to the cape because the compass-needle was seen to point due north, that is, with no magnetic deviation. The Agulhas Bank is reputed to be the richest fishing area in the Southern Hemisphere. Some of the older residents and documents refer to the town as by its former name Cape Agulhas or Cape L’Agulhas or simply Agulhas which were the names that referred to this town before it was changed to L’Agulhas to avoid confusion when the Bredasdorp Municipality changed its name to The Cape Agulhas Municipality (CAM).

Tourist interests and activities include:  A visit to the Lighthouse with a view from the tower and a walkway along the seafront to the new most southern African monument and a place where two oceans meet at the foot of Africa. A little further along the walkway is the shipwreck of Meisho Maru.  Tourists also enjoy the local fyhbos plants, bird watching, hiking, swimming in the local tidal pools or a game of Jukskei on Saturday mornings.   Other interests are visiting arts and craft shops, local wine sales, shops and restaurants or enjoy a meal at one of the best local fish restaurants in the area.   L’Agulhas is a peaceful town and a ‘get away’ from busy city living.  

Cape Point is not the most Southern Tip of Africa

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