Take a trip to the southernmost tip of the Africa, a place uniquely positioned and deliberately shaped by nature, a place of sheer beauty where the Indian and Atlantic oceans come together. A tour of true beauty as seen by the eyes and refreshing breezes felt on the skin, let your trip to Africa have this highlight for preservation in your memory. The Cape Agulhas tour also known as the “Cape of Needles” is a tour that makes you feel that you are at the point where the world end whiles it is just the tip of the African continent. The Cape Agulhas tour comprises a selection of beautiful sites, housing a wide range of flora and fauna, great mountains, the breathtaking beauty of its villages and small towns and not to forget the welcoming locals.
The Cape Agulhas tour commences with a drive along the scenic Sir Lowry’s Pass heading towards the Cape Overberg a region of rugged mountain ranges, picturesque vistas, rolling wheat and canola fields. On the Cape Agulhas tour we will enjoy a short stop at a farm stall in the Overberg for refreshments and then proceed to drive through the town of Caledon with a visit to the Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp. The Cape Agulhas tour continues past the wonderful white houses and thatched roofs of Struisbaai to the last town on the continent the Cape Agulhas. Get your picture taken at the demarcation slab of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean and visit the historic red and white Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, an icon that denotes the tip of Africa. Experience a scenic drive back to Cape Town via the town of Hermanus known as the (whale capital) and drive through the scenic Clarence drive.
Places of Interest
Sir Lowry’s Pass was named after Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole, Governor of the Cape in 1828. Today’s modern, cantilevered four-lane highway is a far cry from the original pass, which was recklessly dangerous and steep. Prior to the pass being built, all wagon traffic from the Overberg routed through the Franschoek Pass – the preferred route for many years with its kinder gradients for wagons and oxen.
Sir Lowry’s Pass is a lot more than a route across a formidable mountain range. It is also a haunt for bird watchers and nature lovers and the car park, on the western side of the N2 as one approaches the top of the pass, provides a perfect stop to explore the area. The mountain fynbos is fairly accessible here and one can take three to four hours to explore the mountain side and the lower areas where streams become densely vegetated and provide perfect cover for birds.
The summit provides one with the most awe-inspiring backdrops in the Western Cape – on a clear day you can view the range all the way from the southern suburbs of Cape Town. Today, Sir Lowry’s Pass allows easy passage across this daunting natural barrier.
Caledon is famous for its hot springs, discovered by the early Khoi-Khoi people before the Europeans attributed healing properties to the iron-rich waters and opened a sick house and later a sanatorium, which was destroyed by fire. The seven springs, one of which is cold and the other six thermal, are warmed by contact with rocks heated by pressure deep under the ground to a steady temperature of 49.5° Celsius. Interestingly, the waters of Caledon are also free of any organic matter and when submitted, in 1893, to the Chicago World Fair, they were awarded first prize as the world’s top quality mineral waters.
The Bredasdorp Museum is primarily a maritime Museum whose primary theme is “Shipwrecks along the dangerous Southern Cape coast and their influence on the development of the Strandveld”.
There have been approximately 130 shipwrecks off the Southern Cape coast since 1673. This dangerous section of coast is known as the “Graveyard of the ships”. The Museum also documents the rich history of the area. Well worth checking out.
The lighthouse began operating on 1 March 1849. Today, the Agulhas lighthouse is the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa and was declared a national monument in 1973. The light house is used in combination with a radio transmitter to warn ships not to come to close to shore. The warm Agulhas Current and the cold Benguela Current meet somewhere between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point. Visitors who climb the narrow ladder to the top of the light house are rewarded with a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean.
Hermanus is a seaside town southeast of Cape Town, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. It’s known as a whale-watching destination. Beaches include Voëlklip Beach and the broad Grotto Beach, overlooking Walker Bay. The Old Harbour Museum is a site encompassing the old harbour, a fishermen’s village and the Whale House Museum. The latter has informative displays and a suspended skeleton of a whale.
Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguin in the world.
Located in the quaint coastal town of Betty’s Bay in the Overberg, the Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to a unique colony of African Penguins. Stony Point offers the public the chance to see these wonderful flightless birds up close, via the boardwalk through the colony, which allows the public to observe the penguins go about their daily activities in their natural habitat, without disturbing or disrupting them.
Also present in the colony are three species of cormorant; the Crowned cormorant, Cape cormorant and Bank cormorant, all of which breed on the outer rocks. There are also Hartlaub’s Gulls and Kelp Gulls which forage in the colony, while the Rock Hyrax, more commonly known as the Dassie, can be seen on the surrounding rocks.
You may also like our other day tours;
Cape Point Tour Full Day, Winelands Tour Full Day, Cape Point Half Day Tour, Cape Town City Tour Half Day, Half Day Wine Tour in Stellenbosch, Best of the Cape Tour, Whale Watching Tour Full Day, Cape Town Langa Township Tour, Cape Town Township Tour