Take a scenic drive from Cape Town past rugged mountain ranges, picturesque vistas, rolling wheat and canola fields to Cape Agulhas. It is located at the most southern tip of Africa, and is the official meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
What to Expect
You will head south-east on the N2 from Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s pass heading towards the Cape Overberg - a region of rugged mountain ranges, picturesque vistas, rolling wheat and canola fields. At the top of Sir Lowry’s pass you'll stop for photo opps and a spectacular view of False Bay lying below.
The journey continues through the beautiful green, gold and brown citrus orchards of the Overberg. Further on at a Farm stall off the N2 there's a stop for refreshments. Thereafter, you'll head through the small town of Caledon, a town established in the 18th century to cater for travellers seeking relief and healing at the nearby hot springs.
In Bredasdorp, you'll visit the Shipwreck museum, home to striking visual displays and a fascinating collection of shipwreck artefacts, and a treasure house of figureheads and lifeboats, porcelain, cannons, anchors, old bottles and coins from a number of European countries.
Before the Suez Canal was constructed, a trade route between Western Europe and the East was established round the tip of Africa along the coastline of Cape Agulhas. This part of the route proved to be treacherous for ships passing by, resulting in it being named the graveyard of ships. In 1840 international pressure, especially from Eastern cities, and also from London, resulted in the decision to establish a lighthouse at the foot of Africa which was later known as the Cape Agulhas lighthouse.
The lighthouse which was styled on the famous Pharaohs light house of Alexander in Egypt, was initially powered by a candle- fueled from the fat of fat-tailed sheep of the area. In 1849 the candle powered light house shone for the first time. Today the beam has a range of thirty nautical miles and an intensity of 7500 000 candlepower. The light house is about one kilometer from the southernmost tip of Africa.
Cape Agulhas is a must see, and according to the Hydrographic Society, this is where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet which is the most southern tip of Africa.
After seeing this area, you will return to Cape Town via the town of Hermanus, known as the whale capital, and drive through the scenic Clarence drive.
- Entrance fee to the Shipwreck Museum
What's Not Included
- Food & refreshments