Delight in the best of the Cape hinterland. Travel up winding rocky passes, through bountiful, colourful farms lands and quaint villages to stand at the point where two crashing oceans meet at the Southern point of Africa.
This full day tour takes in the scenic drive over the Hottentot Holland Mountains down into the fertile Overberg Valley, continuing on through small quint villages with some great examples of Cape Dutch Architecture and winding down to the Southern Most point of Africa, a rocky headland at Cape Agulhas, where the warm waters of the Indian Ocean meet up with the cold waters of the Altantic Ocean.
Leaving Cape Town you wind your way up Sir Lowry’s Pass to a lookout point where you can see down into the fertile Overberg Valley with the Steenbras dam tucked neatly in between two mountain ranges. You stop for refreshments at a charming Orchard farm stall before heading for the picturesque towns of Botriver and Caledon, Enjoy the Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp with the fascinating reliques of the more than 120 ship wrecks that have come aground along this wild coast. Then head off for Struisbaai beach & the Lighthouse at Cape Agulhas. Continue on to the stone monument that makes the South Most Point of Africa where the Two Oceans Meet. Heading back to Cape Town you pass through the atmospheric town of Hermanus, famous for the Southern Right Whales that come into the bay to calve from June to November. Finally you arrive back at your hotel or the Victoria and Albert Waterfront.
Cape Agulhas Day Tour
We begin the tour driving southeast on the N2 from Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass heading towards the Cape Overberg a region of rugged mountain ranges, picturesque vistas, rolling wheat, and canola rolling wheat and canola fields. At the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass, we stop for an opportunity of a picture shoot and a spectacular view of False Bay lying below.
The journey continues through the beautiful green, gold, and brown citrus orchards of the Overberg. We stop for some refreshments at a road-side Farm stall off the N2. Then on through the small town of Caledon a town established in the 18th century to cater for travelers seeking relief and healing at the nearby hot springs over the past three centuries.
In Bredasdorp, we visit the Shipwreck Museum home to striking visual displays and a fascinating collection of shipwreck artifacts and a treasure house of figureheads and lifeboats, porcelain, cannons, anchors, old bottles, and coins from several European countries.
Before the Suez Canal was constructed a trade route between Western Europe and the East was established around the tip of Africa along the coastline of Cape Agulhas this part of the route proved to be treacherous for ships passing by resulting in it being named the graveyard of ships. In 1840 international pressure, especially from Eastern Cities and also from London resulted in the decision to establish a lighthouse at the foot of Africa which was later known as the Cape Agulhas lighthouse.
The lighthouse which was styled on the famous Pharaoh's lighthouse of Alexander in Egypt was initially powered by a candle- fueled from the fat of fat-tailed sheep of the area. In 1849 the candle powered lighthouse shone for the first time. Today the beam has a range of thirty nautical miles and an intensity of 7500 000 candlepower.
The lighthouse is about one kilometer from the southernmost tip of Africa.
Cape Agulhas is a must-see, according to the Hydrographic Society, this is where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet which is the most southern tip of Africa.
After experiencing the southernmost tip of Africa we return to Cape Town via the town of Hermanus known as the (whale capital) and drive through the scenic Clarence drive. If time permits we visit the endangered African penguins at Stony Point.
Depart: ± 07h00 to 08h00
Return: ± 17h30
Departs – Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturday
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