Cape Agulhas is the most southerly point in Africa and is approximately a two hour drive from Cape Town. It’s so atmospheric to stand on the beach with the Atlantic and Indian Oceans merging behind you and think that everything on this continent is north of you.
The lighthouse is cute beyond belief with its two circles of red on the tower. There is an exhibition of lighthouses from around the world on the ground floor. To get to the top you need to climb four ladders each of which seems to be steeper than the last. The holes in the floors are quite narrow so it’s best to leave your large bags behind before climbing.
On the way to Cape Agulhas make sure to visit the Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp, 30 kilometres from the coast. It’s estimated that around 250 vessels and 2,500 people have been lost in the local waters. The most interesting artifacts are those from the wrecks of the Queen of the Thames, the Birkenhead, and the Arniston. There are some lovely old wooden coaches in the barn behind the main museum building.
Julian has written articles on Middle Eastern and European architecture for the US magazine Skipping Stones. He has written travel articles that were published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Fate Magazine, National Catholic Register, and Northwest Travel. Julian has also written articles for the In The Know Traveler, Go Nomad, InTravelmag, and Go World Travel websites. He has also taken many photographs that have appeared in travel guides by National Geographic, Thomas Cook and The Rough Guides. Examples of his work can be found at http://www.photographersdirect.com/sellers/details.asp?portfolio=13734