Agulhas National Park
Cape Agulhas, the southern most point of the African continent, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans join forces in creating one of the most feared points on early explorers' sea travels, still proves to be a worthwhile entrapment to the modern explorer's sense of adventure.
The dangers of the region's waters has resulted in sailors dubbing the region the “Cape of Storms.” Not surprising, since the Cape's waters and fiery winds took their toll on many a ship seeking to round the continent's tip on route to the East.
Visiting this National Park gives you the opportunity of witnessing the archaeological testament to Khoi-khoi cultural traditions and their hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
Thousands of years ago these indigenous people of the Cape were trapping fish in cleverly engineered tidal traps. Indeed the Khoi-khoi lived in harmony with nature, making their culture and lifestyle a heritage of great interest to visitors of the rugged and windy, yet fantastically beautiful Agulhas National Park.
Packaged tourist activities include walks along several trails, including a trail that leads to the southern-most point of Africa. There are also attractions like the park's museum and a centre which has been built specifically to educate visitors on the area's environment.
If you are interested in water sports like fishing or swimming, the small towns L'Agulhas and Struisbaai may be ideal for accommodation when making a trip to visit the park.
Four of the Agulhas National Park's treasures
The lighthouse which was built to lend much needed assistance to weary explorer's of early times as they rounded the tip of Africa. Climbing the seventy one steps to the top of the lighthouse it is possible to view the remains of the Khoi-khoi fish traps. Also in the lighthouse -made of limestone from a nearby quarry- there are the interesting artifacts of the lighthouse museum.
Of the wrecks found along the Agulhas coast are the Zoetendal, Birkenhead and Armiston. The Shipwreck museum in Bredasdorp has a display of pieces from these wrecks. There are also some remains of a wreck on the shores of Cape Agulhas which visitors can see.
The Cape region is famous for its Fynbos, and the flora of the Agulhas area does not disappoint. Most of the blooming occurs between May and September, although there are flowers to be seen all year round.
Finally, of course, the cairn that marks the southern-most tip of the African continent, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, is a very popular point of visitation.