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Agulhas National Park

Lying in what is known as the Agulhas Plain at the southernmost tip of Africa is the Agulhas National Park, just 45 kilometres from the popular village of Gansbaai. This might be the meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but the Agulhas National park’s focus is on some of the most splendid examples of lowland fynbos and lowland fynbos on limestone soils - considered endangered and restricted largely to the southern Overberg. The Agulhas National Park is the mainstay of the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative, whose aim is to address the main threats to the globally significant lowland fynbos biodiversity of the Agulhas Plain, and to improve the livelihoods of the region’s local communities. Their long-term ambition of turning what was a small piece of land around Cape Agulhas into an expanded park that crosses the borders of the Danger Point Peninsula, is already underway and includes the incorporation of a number of privately owned farms and reserves into a collection of heartlands, corridors and refugias that will lie side-by-side with working farms and settlements in one big mega-reserve.

In this way the whole of the southern-most part of South Africa will again become a natural area - re-introduced wildlife will roam free in a restored indigenous landscape and settlements and working farms will be fenced in. Rumour has it that the re-bred guagga, Cape lion and hippo are amongst the animals to be re-established in this former ‘Serengeti of the Western Cape’. Other highlights of a visit to the Agulhas National Park include the cairn that marks the southern-most tip of Africa, the lighthouse at Cape Agulhas, the graveyard of ships that lie just off the coast once known as ‘the Cape of Storms’, where some 250 ships have been wrecked over time. Here you can look out for Cape Fur Seals and a variety of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. The Southern Right Whales come to the bays to breed from August to November.

1. Buchu Bushcamp is situated 35km off the N2 highway between Cape Town and the Garden Route, and 1km from the main gate of the De Hoop Nature Reserve.

2. Agulhas Country Lodge is built from local limestone and blends beautifully into a hill overlooking the spectacular oceans.

3. Villa @ Cape Agulhas is situated at the southernmost tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet bordered by blue mountain ranges and the Agulhas National Park.

4. Firlane House is in a quiet, shady lane off Bredasdorp’s town square.

5. South Point Self Catering and B&B is situated 200 metres from the gates to the Agulhas National Park and the historic Lighthouse in the picturesque town of L’Agulhas, South Point offers affordable, well appointed, self catering units, in a sheltered court-garden setting.

6. Tides River Lodge lies on the banks of the Breede River near Malgas, in the Cape.

7. St Mungo on Sea bed and breakfast is situated opposite St Mungo Bay and is named after the barge that sunk there in 1845.


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