Agulhas National Park
Geographical extremes capture the imagination. From ancient mariners to
contemporary mankind, the quest has always been to reach the poles, sail around the tips of continents, conquer the
highest peaks and dive to the ultimate depths. This is the same spirit that captivated the explorers of yesteryear
who braved one of the most challenging sea crossings of their time: the Atlantic-Indian Ocean crossing via Cape
Agulhas. As the southern-most tip of Africa, it has always had its mysteries and adventure, and still captures the
imagination of contemporary explorers.
Amongst the mysteries associated with this region, is the legendary 'Cape of
Storms' which wrecked many ships en route to the east via Cape Agulhas. Ancient people also left their mark on the
landscape. For example, archaeological middens remind contemporary man of a successful hunter-gathering culture
that was in harmony with its natural environment; and a cultural heritage that dates back thousands of years to
when the Khoi-khoi people trapped fish using ingeniously constructed tidal traps. This windswept, ruggedly
beautiful coastal plain at the southern-most tip of Africa, with its rich cultural and natural heritage, has
recently been proclaimed as the Agulhas National Park.
- Several nature trails and a unique trail to traverse the southern-most tip of Africa.
- An environmental education centre.
- A world class museum and interpretative centre.
The Agulhas area has several attractions, which draw tourists to its shores each
year. The nearby towns L’Agulhas and Struisbaai offer several water sports such as swimming and angling. Within the
confines of the developing national park, tourists can enjoy the following places of interest:
- The southern-most of Africa – The official position of the tip is 34° 49’ 58"
south and 20° 00’ 12’’ east. A cairn marks the tip’s exact location. It is at this longitudinal point that the
Atlantic and Indian oceans officially meet.
- The lighthouse at Cape Agulhas – The lighthouse was built to aid the early
explorers on their passage of the rough seas off Cape Agulhas. Seventy-one steps lead up to the top of the
second oldest working lighthouse in southern Africa. Stone mined from the adjacent limestone quarry provided
the raw materials for its construction. The building also houses a unique lighthouse museum. Remains of ancient
stone fish traps used by the Khoisan people can be seen to the east of the lighthouse.
- Graveyard of ships – The Zoetendal, Birkenhead and Armiston are some of the
many shipwrecks found along the Agulhas coastline. Showpieces from these shipwrecks are on display at the
Bredasdorp Shipwreck museum. Visitors to the are can still see the remains of the Meisho Maru 38 wreck on the
shores of Cape Agulhas.
- Fynbos – The Agulhas Plain has great diversity of flora. The Agulhas area
contains representatives of unique vegetation such as limestone fynbos. Although most species bloom between May
and September, there are flowers to be enjoyed in any season.
Bontebok National Park
Bontebok National Park is a place of simplistic beauty and peaceful charm. The
majestic Langeberg Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for this Park of colorful riches. A part of the Cape
Floral Kingdom, now heralded as a world heritage site, Bontebok National Park always offers something in bloom.
The Park is proud to promote its achievements in biodiversity conservation, from
the endangered fynbos veld type, coastal Renosterveld to the namesake bontebok! Once these colorful antelope
numbered a mere 17, and through effective management we are proud to affirm that the present world population
amounts to around 3000. The Park offers much more for nature lovers, from a diversity of indigenous animal life to
over 200 remarkable bird species.
The Breede River provides an idyllic western border to the park and offers guests
scenery, bird watching, fishing, and a refreshing swimming spot. Visitors can also get a profound familiarity of
the Park’s endless sights and sounds while on one of the various hiking trails or on a winding bike trip.
Furthermore, Bontebok provides its guests with an experience of South African culture.
Connect to the people of the past and learn about how the Khoisan lived and
changed through local history. Come and enjoy all we have to offer, from adventure or a lazy day braai to a
relaxing stay in a Park of natural and cultural tranquility.