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The holiday village of L'Agulhas is situated at the southernmost tip of Africa and it's history is closely interwoven with the early history of the Cape. At the end of the 15th century the early Portuguese seafarers christened this tip "Cabos das Agulhas" which means "Cape of Needles" and refers to the needle of the compass which at this point shows no real deviation between true north and magnetic north. This stretch of coast around the the southernmost tip of Africa is known as the "Graveyard of Ships" and more than 125 ships have sunk or gone aground here.
The beautiful coastal plain also lays claim to the Agulhas National Park, which has more than 1750 botanical species. Also known to be one of the best fishing grounds in South Africa, there are beautiful rock pools for swimming and ancient, but still well maintained fish traps. A true nature lover’s paradise.
There are two tidal and two rock pools for swimming and several interesting hiking trails for the tourist. A coastal hike of several kilometres along the rugged coastline brings one to the area where the ancient Khoi-khoi people trapped fish using ingeniously constructed tidal traps. The remains of these traps are still clearly visible.
Food and accommodation
There are several guest houses, restaurants and a small caravan park with bungalows.
L’Agulhas gets its rich heritage from the shipwreck survivors of many nationalities who settled in this remote place. The Zoetendal, one of the many ships that went to see, was the very first to wash up on the shore in 1673.
Areas near to Cape Agulhas
Arabella Country Estate, Arniston, Bettys Bay, Bredasdorp, Caledon, Elgin, Gansbaai, Greyton, Hermanus, Kleinmond, Napier, Onrus, Pringle Bay, Rooi Els, Stanford, Struisbaai, Swellendam, Villiersdorp,
Find the best place for your child's education either at a Pre-school for toddlers, Primary School or High School. Zoetendal Academic is a Private School situated in Cape Agulhas with Struisbaai Primary School just around the corner.
The local doctor is located in Struisbaai with Bredasdorp's provincial hospital close by.
A little over 2 hours away from Cape Town, it’s a scenic drive through the Overberg and Cape Agulhas regions that will lead you to this gem hidden at the most southern corner in the world.
The climate is extremely mild, with no temperature or rainfall extremes.
For example Camps Bay or Mauritius