Geographical extremes capture the imagination. From ancient mariners to contemporary mankind, the quest has always been to reach the poles, sail around the tips of continents, conquer the highest peaks and dive to the ultimate depths. This is the same spirit that captivated the explorers of yesteryear who braved one of the most challenging sea crossings of their time: the Atlantic-Indian Ocean crossing via Cape Agulhas. As the southern-most tip of Africa, it has always had its mysteries and adventure, and still captures the imagination of explorers. Amongst the mysteries associated with this region is the legendary 'Cape of Storms' which wrecked many ships en route to the east via Cape Agulhas. This windswept, ruggedly beautiful coastal plain, with its rich cultural and natural heritage, was proclaimed as the Agulhas National Park in 1999. The Agulhas Plain with a plant diversity and species richness equalling those of tropical forests, makes the Park a jewel in its own right.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 210 km²
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Southern Right Whale
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: L'Agulhas

Accommodation in Agulhas National Park

Agulhas Rest Camp

Agulhas Rest Camp is found in the Agulhas National Park, at the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet (in which many ships have been wrecked over the centuries). The renowned Cape Agulhas Lighthouse can be found nearby. The camp offers sea views and provides comfortable, intimate accommodation in the Agulhas National Park. Agulhas boasts attractions such as the…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.
Map Info

Lookout for

Blue Crane
Stanley’s Bustard
Cape Grysbok

Key Species

Southern Right Whale
Cape Fur Seal

Black Oystercatcher
Damara Tern
Agulhas Long-billed Lark

Cape Platanna


Coastal Fynbos

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 3
Birds: 6
Reptiles: 5
Trees: 5
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