We literally had an afternoon in Cape Agulhas and my aunt, who has more vitality than most 21-year-olds, wanted me to see as much of it as I could. Arriving a little after lunchtime, we tucked into the town’s staple fish and chips before getting our tourist coats on for a manic afternoon. I fell in love the moment I entered the town. I pictured Lorde Archibald (my cat) and I sitting on the front porch of a small beach house and it seemed like heaven to me. We had a lot to see and VERY little time.
First was the famous Agulhas lighthouse and I was a lone ranger from our group racing to the top. I shared some of my delighted videos on my Instagram story of the view from the top. We were there on a rather overcast day and I can imagine it is even more beautiful when the sun is shining.
The Beautiful Cape Agulhas
Cape Agulhas translates to “Cape of the Needles” in Portuguese and it’s no mystery as to why the town earned this name. The rocks are sharp and an absolute hazard to ships trying to navigate into the town’s natural harbor. I saw brief glimpses of the harbor before we raced off to Arniston Cave as the tide was coming in. You will not be able to get close to the cave by car without a 4X4 as it is a very difficult road to maneuver and we saw two cars get stuck in the hour we were in town. There is a walk you can take from Arniston to get to the cave if you don’t have the appropriate vehicle.
We arrived just before the tide came in and I raced down to the beach and started making my way over the rocks dodging the waves as they came in. Luckily, I made friends with a local, Barbara, who took me on the safest route to the caves. I do not recommend attempting this without a guide as you could get stuck in the cave overnight if the waves block you in. The cave itself is beautiful and I would definitely recommend giving it a visit if you’re in the area.
The Southern Most Tip of Africa
Next up were the Southern Most Tip of Africa and a look at the Agulhas National Park. There is an awesome shipwreck en route that boasts AMAZING photo opportunities. For us, we were chasing the light and I wanted to see the point SO badly. We arrived and walked about 200m to the Tip of Africa. Super cool and we took the opportunity to take a selfie, obviously.
Khoisan Fish Traps
We had another 30 minutes of light and my aunt mentioned the fish traps created by the Khoisan people. I’m a die-hard history nerd and jumped at the chance. The walk to the fish traps was beautiful and National Parks are looking after the area beautifully. I’d run out of light at this stage, so the photos weren’t very clear, definitely worth a visit though!
Final Thoughts: I am moving there. The simple life of Cape Agulhas is just so beautiful. I was very disappointed that I only had an afternoon and my family is now planning on spending a month there next December.
Anyone else been? Let me know your favourite spots in the comments below!