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Cape Agulhas


- Africa's southernmost point -
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Cape Agulhas is geographically Africa's southernmost point and the name Cape Agulhas, which means "needles" in Portuguese, refers to all the rocks and reefs that have led to the downfall of many ships off its coast. It is also the official point where the cold Benguela Current from the Atlantic Ocean meets the strong Agulhas Current from the Indian Ocean.


Cape Agulhas has historically been notorious among sailors because of the area's dangerous winter storms and huge waves that sometimes get up to 30 meters high. It's no wonder that the coast off Cape Agulhas is full of shipwrecks but in 1848 a lighthouse was built in an attempt to warn the many ships that sailed past of the fast-flowing waters, strong winds and dangerous waves.

Cape Agulhas stretches from Die Damme in the west to De Hoop Nature Reserve in the east. The district includes the towns Napier, Elim, Bredasdorp, Arniston/Waenhuiskrans, Struisbaai, L'Agulhas and Suiderstrand as well as De Mond Nature Reserve and the Agulhas National Park.
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