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The rugged coastline within the Agulhas National Park and at the southern tip of Africa draws thousands of people to the point where many contest that the warm Indian Ocean meets with the cold Atlantic.

The visitors stand next to the plaque, showing their position right on the edge of Africa, have their photograph taken and then generally rush off elsewhere and thus miss many of the wonders that the area actually has to offer.

The area offers the Struisbaai Fishing Harbour, Agulhas Lighthouse, ship wrecks along the coast and good birding and landscape photographic opportunities.


Best Time to Photograph
Late afternoon is the best time to be at the Struisbaai Harbor for when the fishing boats return with their catches. Late afternoon and sunset is the best time to photograph the lighthouse, coastline and ship wrecks and birds.
Type of Photography
  • Landscape
  • Birds
  • Beachscapes
  • People
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
Always request permission before taking pictures of people and especially of the fishermen. It often helps to show the images taken to the fishermen. A sturdy tripod and cable release are recommended when taking landscape images.
Recommended Gear
A full range of lenses is necessary for this location due to its varied opportunities. Wide angled and medium range telephoto lenses are probably the most used.


Season and Weather
The climate is Mediterranean with warm summers and mild winters. Wind is present throughout the year with rain falling mainly in the winter months. Always be prepared for sudden changes in the weather. The summers are the dry and dusty months, whilst winter is the time when the fynbos is lush, green and in flower. The best months to visit are April and September.
Other Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Coastal Walks


Closest Town
Getting There
From Cape Town take the N2 to Caledon and follow the signage through to Napier and onto Bredasdorp. Signage clearly indicates the routes through to Arniston and Agulhas.
Cape Agulhas


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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.