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Agulhas National Park

Agulhas National Park

     
 

Phone:

+27 (0)28 435 6222

Email:

agulhas.info@sanparks.org

Website:

www.sanparks.org

Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 800 205 005

 
     

Size:  20,959 ha / 209.59 km2

Nearest major city:  Cape Town (3h approx by car)

Species Numbers:  66 Mammals        304 Birds        31 Reptiles

Big Five:  No

Highlights:

  • - Malaria-free
  • - Southernmost tip of Africa
  • - Great wetland and coastal birding
  • - Rich in cultural heritage sites

Most visitors come to Agulhas National Park to see the southern-most terrestrial point of the continent of Africa, where a rather unspectacular stretch of rocks and lowlands meet the cartographical intersection of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Here an unassuming cairn of rocks with a plaque greets visitors, and set a bit further back is the Agulhas lighthouse, a red-and-white sentinel that seems more appropriate as a marker of what has proven to be a treacherous shoreline for ships.

But this park has a far more important role to play than conserving an arbitrary stretch of land. Some of the most threatened and rare fynbos plant species can be found here, including so-called Elim and limestone fynbos, while the area comprises many shell middens and archaeological sites, reminders of the rich cultural history of the area. Both modern log cabins and restored farmhouses offer a variety of accommodation for the traveller.