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  • Agulhas Country Lodge
  • Agulhas Country Lodge
  • Agulhas Country Lodge
  • Agulhas Country Lodge
  • Agulhas Country Lodge
  • Agulhas Country Lodge
  • Agulhas Country Lodge
  • Agulhas Country Lodge

Activities Around Cape Agulhas

Agulhas is a place of natural beauty and cultural heritage, where you can experience the thrill of standing at the southernmost tip of Africa and witness the meeting of two mighty oceans; here is where the warm Agulhas current and the cold Benguela current create a unique marine ecosystem.

Agulhas In Scotland

Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, or inspiration, you will find plenty of things to do in Agulhas and neighbouring towns and villages.

Take scenic walks along the rocky shores, passing by the historic Soldiers' Pool, where British troops used to swim during the Anglo-Boer War, or the Meisho Maru shipwreck, a Japanese fishing vessel that ran aground in 1982.

Enjoy the diverse birdlife and wildlife of the area, such as the endangered African black oystercatcher, the Cape sugarbird, the Cape grysbok, and the Cape clawless otter. You might also spot whales, dolphins, seals, and sharks in the ocean, especially from July to early December.

The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is the second-oldest working lighthouse in Southern Africa, built in 1849 to guide ships through the treacherous waters of the Cape of Storms.

Agulhas - round and about.

Climb the 71 steps to the top and enjoy the panoramic views of the ocean and the coastline. You can also visit the museum inside the lighthouse, which showcases the history of the area and the stories of the shipwrecks that dot the shore.

A short walk from the lighthouse you will find a cairn with a plaque that marks the southernmost point of the African continent.

This is also the official boundary between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, as determined by the International Hydrographic Organization. Take a photo with the iconic sign and feel the awe of being at the very bottom of the vast African landmass.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can hike the Shipwreck Trail, which follows the coast from the lighthouse to the fishing village of Suiderstrand. Along the way, you will see the remains of several shipwrecks, including the famous Meisho Maru.

Meisho Maru shipwreck, a Japanese fishing vessel that ran aground in 1982

The trail also offers spectacular views of the ocean, the cliffs, and the fragrant, alluring fynbos vegetation.

STRUISBAAI:

  • Experience the thrill of safe swimming in the crystal-clear waters of Struisbaai, home to the longest uninterrupted white beach in southern Africa. Stretching for more than 14 kilometres, this pristine beach is perfect for relaxing, sunbathing, and enjoying the scenic views.
  • If you are looking for some adventure, try your hand at kite surfing and other water sports, Struisbaai offers ideal conditions for kite surfing, with steady winds and flat water. You can also explore marine life by snorkelling, diving, or kayaking.
  • Experience adventure unlike any other with E-Bike Trail Blazers, your premier eco-tourism company specializing in electric bike adventures. We offer a variety of extraordinary experiences, from exploring iconic landmarks and family friendly outings to custom tours and individual explorations. Embark on an unforgettable journey with us and discover the beauty of our region in a sustainable and exciting way. To book now contact -  jessica@ebiketrailblazers.co.za or info@ebiketrailblazers.co.za 
  • Rent canoes, surfboards, and cycles from Way Down Africa Adventures, a local company that offers a range of outdoor activities and tours. Whether you want to paddle along the coast, catch some waves, or cycle through the countryside, they have something for everyone.
  • Don't miss the opportunity to take a boat trip from the beautiful Struisbaai harbour, where you can enjoy the stunning scenery and spot some wildlife. You can choose from a variety of options, such as pleasure cruises, fishing trips, or deep-sea fishing. You might even see some whales, dolphins, seals, or penguins along the way. Boys fishing in Cape Agulhas
  • If fishing is your game, either from the shore or from a boat, try to catch some of the abundant fish species in the area, such as kob, yellowtail, snoek, and tuna. You can book a boat trip for pleasure or fishing, or even deep sea fishing, at the beautiful Struisbaai harbour. 
  • Feeling adventurous? Fly in to Struisbaai by plane. There is a tarred runway (1100 metres) at Andrew's Field, only 10km from Struisbaai. Aircraft are welcome to fly in, and Agulhas Country Lodge can arrange transport for you.

SURROUNDING AREAS:

  • Explore the natural beauty and diversity of the nature reserves near Struisbaai. There's the Agulhas National Park, right on our doorstep. You can take a guided or self-drive visit to De Hoop (1 hour) or De Mond (25 minutes), where you can see a variety of flora and fauna, such as fynbos, antelopes, zebras, and birds. You can also hike, bike, or horse ride through the reserves, or enjoy a picnic by the lagoon.
  • For bird lovers, the Nuwejaarsriver Wetland Special Management Area is a must-see. This is a unique conservation initiative that protects the wetland ecosystem and its rich birdlife. You can visit the area and use the bird hides to observe and photograph the birds. The area is only 30 minutes away, close to Elim.
  • Treat yourself to a taste of the Elim Wine Route, the southernmost wine route in Africa. This is a great opportunity to sample some of the finest wines in the region, produced by six wine estates, some with restaurants. You can also learn about the history and culture of the area, which was founded by Moravian missionaries in the 19th century. The wine route is within 30 minutes drive from Struisbaai. 
  • Hikers before the StormVisit picturesque Arniston, only a scenic 35 minutes drive from Struisbaai. This is a charming fishing village, famous for Waenhuiskrans Cave, a large sea cave that can only be accessed at low tide. The cave has a natural arch that lets in the sunlight, creating a stunning effect. You can also explore the 200-year-old fishermen's village, Kassiesbaai, which has preserved its traditional thatched cottages and culture. For a delicious lunch, head to the Arniston Hotel, which serves fresh seafood and local dishes. 
  • In Bredasdorp, visit the Kapula candle factory and the unique shipwreck museum. The candle factory is a social enterprise that employs local women and produces colourful and handmade candles. You can see how the candles are made and buy some as souvenirs.
  • The Bredasdorp shipwreck museum is a fascinating place that displays the relics and stories of the many ships that sank along the coast. You can also see a collection of maritime artefacts and memorabilia from various shipwrecks that occurred along the coast. Learn about the history and the drama of these maritime disasters, such as the HMS Birkenhead, whose sinking inspired the code of honour "women and children first".
  • If you are a golf enthusiast, play a round at the Bredasdorp Golf Course, a well-maintained nine-hole course - and the southernmost in Africa. Enjoy the views of the mountains  as you tee off, and relax at the clubhouse afterward.