- Western Cape
L'Agulhas is situated on the most southern tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.The oldest working lighthouse in South Africa with its interesting museum makes L'Agulhas a prime tourist destination. The 18 000 000-candlepower lighthouse guides shipping around the Cape. The Portuguese gave the name Agulhas meaning 'needles', to the Cape because it is here, at the southernmost tip of Africa, that the needle of a compass points due north, without magnetic deviation. Bartholomew Dias named the town after St Agulhas on 16 May 1488.
At Cape Agulhas the African mainland, as though tired of the scenic dramatics of the interior, peters out into a vast plain, with a last sigh in the form of a low range of hills. The plain slips beneath the waves, continues under the sea as the shallow Agulhas Bank - only 60 fathoms deep for 250 km - and then abruptly plunges to 1 800 fathoms. The Agulhas Bank is one of the world's most prolific commercial fishing grounds. Tremendous rollers pound in upon the Cape's rocky coast. Nearby are holiday cottages, a camping ground, hotel and a swimming pool.
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