Cape Agulhas

Location: Cape Agulhas

We were in our usual vacation mode today, by waking up early to go on a tour. Wayne was our guide again and today he was taking on a tour to see Cape Agulhas. The lesser known Cape Agulhas is the true southernmost point of Africa and the location delineating the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It is out of the way and not very scenic so it is less known compared to the southwestern most tip of Africa: The Cape of Good Hope. There also isn’t much demand to visit, Wayne told us that he typically only gives that tour about 3 times a year.

We started out of the city and made our way west. We got to see Cape Town’s rush hour traffic with cars moving very slowly in the opposite direction. Along the way we saw some of the townships and reservations where many of the Cape Town workers reside. Wayne carefully explained the various commutes and the history of the communities.

Along the way we stopped for tea/coffee at a padstal, or South African farmers stall, in Napier. We also had our first taste of rusks, which are something akin to biscotti, but its much better at absorbing tea and coffee.

After a short drive we arrived at the Cape Agulhas lighthouse. There was a small lighthouse museum inside which talked about the history and design of the lighthouse, and overviews of other famous SA lighthouses. The Agulhas lighthouse was designed to look like the Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt.  After browsing the museum, we made our way up the steep and narrow stairs to the top of the lighthouse. We took a few photos of the cape from the top.

Ryan climbing up the ladder to the top of the lighthouse.
Ryan climbing up the ladder to the top of the lighthouse.

Next we went to the actual Cape Agulhas itself. It should go without saying that this is the southernmost point of our trip. Agulhas is Portuguese for ‘needles’. You might think it came from the sharp rocks that are found all along it’s coast, but its really because the sailors compass needles pointed true north-south without deviation from this cape. Wayne parked at a nearby parking lot and then we walked along a boardwalk to get to the monument demarcating the cape and the locations of the two oceans.

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Making sure we were both on both sides!
Making sure we were both on both sides!

In all of our research for this trip, we never saw photos of the oceans behind the monument, nor the obvious picture of someone standing in two oceans at the same time. Well there’s a good reason for that.

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Ryan carefully climbed about the jagged rocks, identified and got to the point on the coast between the two oceans. Here’s a picture looking out from the coastline. The water gets very deep very fast at this point.

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And here’s the obligatory beach vacation photo showing feet:

Proof that Ryan is in two oceans at the same time.
Proof that Ryan is in two oceans at the same time.

On the way back to Cape Town, we drove through Gansbaii, the great white shark town we will be visiting tomorrow.

Later, we had lunch in Hermanus, which is well known for whale watching. We both had sushi at Lemon Butta. The restaurant over looked the bay so we got to see a Southern Right Whale off in the distance. After lunch we went walked along the bay to continue watching the whale and get some better pictures then we could from the restaurant.

The view from lunch
The view from lunch
A whale sighting!
A whale sighting!

We had an uneventful but scenic drive back to Town.

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Wayne the dropped us off at the Victoria and Alfred Water Front. During the day, people come here for scenic cruises, high end shopping and dining. We walked around for a little bit before having dinner at Primi-Piatti inside the mall. Wayne recommended it, and we’re glad he did because the food was excellent, with generous serving sizes, and a low cost.

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The waterfront.

We came back to the hotel to fall asleep early, because we have to wake up at 3:30 AM tomorrow to go cage diving to see great white sharks (well Ryan is anyway… Rachel is staying on the boat)!

Total steps: 9,882

Total cetaceans observed: 1 (southern right)

 

 

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