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The famous L'Agulhas Lighthouse

Cape L'Agulhas is the southern most town in Africa where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. For this reason it is a prime tourist destination. L'Agulhas also boasts the oldest working lighthouse in South Africa, which has an interesting museum to visit.

This coastline is extremely ominous and many ships have floundered here. L'Agulhas gets its rich heritage from the shipwreck survivors of many nationalities who settled in this desolate place. The name L'Agulhas means Cape of Needles (referring to the jagged rocks of the coastline and also the fact that a compass shows no real deviation between true north and magnetic north at this spot).

The water here is very shallow and L'Agulhas is known to be one of the best fishing grounds in South Africa. This region also lays claim to a National Park which has more than 8500 species of flowering plants and a bounty of birds in the wetlands.

L'Agulhas has several hiking trails. There are also two tidal pools and two rock pools for swimming. Accommodation ranges from bungalows to caravan parks and camping grounds.

L'Agulhas Stories: Mutiny on the Meermin (by SJ du Toit)
                              Saving the L'Agulhas Lighthouse (by SJ du Toit)
                              Spookdraai at L'Agulhas and the Radar Base (by SJ du Toit)

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Address:Suidpunt Tourism Bureau
PO Box 51
Bredasdorp, 7280
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(028) 4255500 Fax (028) 4251019
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