The Happy Challenge – Cape Agulhas, Western Cape

‘Cape Agulhas’ is the most southern tip of Africa. This official meeting point of the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean is also the point of convergence of the Mozambique and Benguela currents.The Agulhas bank is a unique geographical formation which bears the title ‘Graveyard of Ships’ due to this challenging crossing resulting in numerous shipwrecks. When seafaring Portuguese vessels rounded this Cape tip in the 15th century their compass needles would swing unable to determine True North from Magnetic North. As a result, in 1488 the Portuguese navigator, Bartholomew Dias, named this ocean site ‘Capo das Agulhas’ translating to ‘Cape of Needles’…..

Der Leuchtturm am Kap Agulhas

The location?

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How to get there?

Follow the N2 from from Cape Town to Bredasdorp and then due south down to Agulhas. The distance is approximately 210 km / 2 hours drive.

Things to do?

Climbing the lighthouse and breathing in the salty, clean air is a must. You’ve come a long way so why not!

Best place for your photo?

At the marker close to the lighthouse which indicates the official dividing line between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.