L’Agulhas is known worldwide as the southernmost tip of the African continent – a title that draws in masses of visitors each year.
Fortunately for South Africans and Western Cape locals in particular, though, a plaque at the end of a boardwalk is not the small hamlet’s only party piece.
Agulhas has a thriving holiday-home market, and an array of accommodation opportunities for travelers on any budget.
From thrifty campsites and chalets at the municipal caravan park to more convenient and comfortable guesthouses, L’Agulhas has got you covered.
There are a couple of good restaurants in the area, with The Twisted Fork lying only a few hundred metres from the southernmost point.
Now – here’s what you came for! The town is also the gateway to the Agulhas National Park, a SANParks protectorate teaming with marine life, birds, and keystone vegetation.
The park is stunning - even on a cloudy day. Credit: Mikail Baker
The park itself offers accommodation within its borders, a mere 10km from the iconic Agulhas lighthouse.
Most travelers, however, opt to stay in the town itself, allowing the freedom to quickly go between the silky sands of Strusibaai and the greenery of the park.
The lighthouse is home to a maritime museum, and all seventy-one steps can be climbed by those seeking a unique view of the area.
The shoreline hosts a trail/hike (one of three) that begins at the eerie shipwreck of the Meisho Maru, a Japanese vessel that met its end on the jagged rocks of the south coast in 1982.
The remnants of the Meisho Maru. Credit: Mikail Baker
It winds along the coast, leading you past gulls, a variety of endemic plant species and the famous Rasperpunt fish traps, ultimately taking you to the top of a ridge overlooking the coast.
Keen birders should keep an eye out for the endangered black oystercatcher, among other species.
Plan your trip between June and September, but keep in mind that – as always - school holidays bring the crowds.
This specific period provides the possibility of whale watching, at the expense of some potentially soggy weather, so if it's suntans you're after, January is when you'll have the beaches all to yourself.