Things To Do

Swimming and Deep Sea Angling
deapseaanglingFor lovers of the sea there are safe swimming beaches and opportunities for a wide range of water sports, surfing, windsurfing, angling, deep sea diving, snorkeling and hiking trails.

Deep sea angling expeditions can be taken from Struisbaai. More Information

Spookdraai Hiking Trail

spookdraaiThe "Spookdraai" (literally Ghost's Corner) hiking trail at Cape Agulhas, which can be completed in under two hours, has been created to add an extra dimension to the value of the visitor's stay in this region. It takes the hiker on a short journey during which he/she will become acquainted with the fynbos, the bird life and historical points of interest.
Look-out spots highlight the outstanding features:

  • the southernmost towns
  • the sea, where two oceans meet
  • the vlei's.

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Two Oceans Hiking Trail
nationalparkThe trail starts at the Cape Agulhas Private Nature Reserve and leads through natural fynbos vegetation.
Extremely rare and endangered fynbos species can be seen.

The reserve also teems with bird-life. Magnificent views of the two oceans as well as the Karsriviervlei and Soetendalsvlei further enhance the hiking experience. More Information

Nature Reserves

demondDe Hoop Nature and Marine reserve, De Mond Nature Reserve and Heuningberg Nature Reserve are beautiful places to spend a day with the family.

Bird watching is also an attraction, with rare species including the endangered Blue Crane, Cape Vulture, Flamingo and African Black Oystercatcher.
More Information: De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve, De Mond Nature Reserve and Heuningberg

The Flora (Fynbos)

fynbosFynbos is the natural vegetation of a relatively narrow strip along the Southwestern Cape coastal area. This small region is the home of more than 8 500 fynbos varieties. More than 6 000 of these are found nowhere else in the world. A large number are very rare and are in danger of becoming extinct. This region, although the smallest in area, is the richest of the six floristic kingdoms. As 8 500 plant species grow here, it is an important area for ecological conservation on an international level.

Well-known fynbos species are the Proteas and the Ericas.
Best time of the year to view this fynbos is from Autumn to Spring - when most species flower. More Information

Whale Watching
whalewatchingSouthern Right Whales visit the Overberg coast from July to December to calve.

The best vantage point is at Koppie Alleen in the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Coastal resorts also offer excellent whale spotting opportunities. More Information

Where Two Oceans Meet

twooceansmeetAs determined by the International Hydrographic Organisation, the two mighty oceans Indian and Atlantic meet at the most southern tip of the continent of Africa - Cape Agulhas.

However, the meeting point of the two ocean currents, the warm Agulhas Current and the cold Benguela Current, is a totally different issue, and must not be confused with the meeting of the Oceans.

The point where these currents meet fluctuates considerably, and is constantly on the move along the southern and southwestern Cape coast, most often occuring somewhere between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point.

Contrary to what one may think, this meeting produces no fireworks, clashing of cymbals or dramatic crashing of waves! More Information


shipwrecksThe stretch of coast around the southernmost tip of Africa is known as the "Graveyard of Ships" for various reasons: gale-force winds, ever-changing weather conditions, high swells and the treacherous coast line, have caused numerous wrecks.

More than 125 of the approximately 2 130 ships that have been wrecked along the South African coast since 1552 are found along the Overberg coast, which covers a distance of approximately 100km.

Certain items from these wrecked ships such as figureheads, cannon, anchors, porcelain and rare coins can be viewed at the Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp. The museum is the only one of its kind in the country.

Southernmost Tip
Make your mark by taking a picture at Cape Agulhas showing that you, of all the teeming millions in Africa, were the southernmost person for that instant in history!

More Places

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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Harbour Wine Farms
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Bontebok National Park Shipwreck Museum (Bredasdorp) Waenhuiskrans Cave (Arniston)

Calendar of Events

March Struisbaai Graca Yellowtail festival
Struisbaai Yellowtail derby
June Fynbos Flowers
July Fynbos Flowers
Whales along the coast
August Fynbos Flowers
Whales along the coast
September Fynbos Flowers
Whales along the coast
Grain Fields starting to change Colour
October Foot of Africa Marathon and Festival
Whales along the coast
Fynbos Flowers
Grain is Reaped
November Grain is harvested
Whales along the coast
December Trans-Agulhas Rubber Duck Competition
Whales along the coast