Cape L’Agulhas is the true most southern most point in Africa. It’s where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet and overall, a fairly unremarkable area.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful place with rocky formations and pebble beaches, but you just wouldn’t know that it’s special unless someone told you of its geography.
In complete contrast, the Cape of Good Hope is part of the cape peninsula near Cape Town. It’s a spectacular area of cliffs, crashing waves, and hair-blowing winds.
On our first trip to Cape Town, we visited the Cape of Good Hope. I always thought that it was the southern most point in Africa. Clearly, if I paid closer attention to any map (there wasn’t Google Maps back then), it’s actually not the case. It’s a common misconception!
Visiting Cape L’Agulhas
As part of our recent Garden Route road trip to Cape Town, we stopped by for a quick visit.
Although there’s a parking lot at the lighthouse area, there’s a closer parking area at the start of the boardwalk.
Follow the signs for 150m and you’re directly at the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Here’s your obligatory photo moment.
You can also spend a bit more time by scrambling across the rock on the shore or just gazing out the ocean.
Cape L’Agulhas is a quick visit, and I’d recommend the nearby Oystercatcher if you’re looking for some lunch, dinner, or dranks. Yums burgerrrrs.
Visiting Cape of Good Hope
On our first trip to Cape Town a billion years ago, we took a day trip down the Cape peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. They’ve really developed this place a bit more with a funicular and some amenities.
The Cape of Good Hope is a scenic place with expansive views of cliffs and beaches. There are baboons and ostriches too apparently.
One of the must-do things is to visit the lighthouse with a short hike. There’s soo much wind that it feels like you’re falling from a rollercoaster.
Both Cape of Good Hope and Cape L’Agulhas are worth the visit. If you’re on a shorter trip and only spending your time near Cape Town, then visit Cape of Good Hope. If you’re taking a longer trip along the Garden Route, Cape L’Agulhas is worth the stop. Enjoy!1