Agulhas National Park

The park is found in the areas of the southern-most tip of Africa which is commonly referred to as the Agulhas Plain; the place is rich in natural and cultural features. These plains forms part and it became worthy to be given a national park status. The Agulhas Plain is of international significance due to its rich plant biodiversity, with species richness values equaling those of tropical rain forests. This is why most of the visitors can’t leave the country minus visiting this park.

The park has got an approximation of about 2000 species of indigenous plants including 100 which are endemic to the place. Nice to discover is that Agulhas Plain is a very important component of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest and richest of the world’s six plant kingdoms. This is where a wide variety of wetlands occur in the area hence rendering it to be a unique place to visit.  Besides that, the park is a habitant for the endangered Cape platanna and the micro frog.

Birders also get a chance of having insight view of the different species of water birds, with over 21 000 migrant and resident wetland birds said to visit the place yearly. The rare coastal birds such as the African black oystercatcher also occur at the coast line including a visit to the nearby islands are home to a variety of seabirds and seals.

Many national monuments are found in the park, such as the historical Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, which has been in operation since 1849 as it was constructed by the explorers to aid in their activities, in supplement, historical buildings such as the water mill at Elim and some homesteads reflect the European influence in the history of the region for the ago years.

Graveyard of ships, The Zoetendal, Birkenhead and Armiston are some of the many shipwrecks found along the Agulhas coastline that wrecked around the coast. Showpieces from these shipwrecks are displayed at the Bredasdorp Shipwreck museum. Visitors to the area can in addition see the remains of the Meisho Maru 38 wreck on the shores of Cape Agulhas plains.

Fishing is another activity which is mostly performed by most other visitors as a pass over after the other activities. Fishing permits can be purchased from the Struisbaai Post Office at the Struisbaai Mall hence another important activity at the Southern Tip.

Some of the accommodation facilities found within the park include the Rhenosterkop Rest Camp, Agulhas Rest Camp, Rietfontein Guest Cottages, and Bergplaas Guest House. All accommodation is equipped with crockery, cutlery, cooking, utensils, bedding, towels and soap. Complimentary coffee/tea is provided for your first night stay only. All accommodation units are self-catering and are equipped with plug points with a 220V electricity supply.