Agulhas


Agulhas National Park includes the Agulhas Plain – a very important component of the Cape Floral Kingdom which is the smallest and richest of the world’s six plant kingdoms. The plant biodiversity makes Agulhas Plain of international importance, with 2,000 indigenous plants, 100 of which are unique to South Africa.
The wide variety of wetlands  support a high diversity of wetland plants and aquatic invertebrates. It is also home to the endangered Cape platanna frog. The wetlands attract a multitude of water birds, with over 21,000 migrant and resident wetland birds in the area annually.
The coastline supports a rich marine and intertidal life, including breeding sites of rare coastal birds such as the African black oystercatcher.
In spring and early summer southern right whales frequent the coastal waters.
In addition to its ecological importance, the park has a rich cultural heritage. The discovery of stone hearths and pottery, together with shell middens (where debris from eating shellfish and other food has accumulated over time), link the archaeological deposits with the era of Khoisan migration and settlements.
South African National Parks does not run any accommodation in this park, although there is privately run accommodation in towns such as L’Agulhas, Struisbaai and Elim. We recommend a day trip to the park. Western Cape province
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Karoo National Park
Knysna National Lake Area
Table Mountain National Park
West Coast National Park
Wilderness National Park
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The Agulhas National park also provides history of a different kind – numerous shipwrecks of the early explorers attempting to conquer the wild seas off the southern tip of Africa dot the coastline.
The park includes the southern-most tip of Africa – a cairn marks the exact location, 34° 49’ 58′ south and 20° 00’ 12’’ east. It is at this longitudinal point that the Atlantic and Indian oceans officially meet.
Many national monuments are found in the area, such as the historical Cape Agulhas lighthouse, which has been in operation since 1849. Historical buildings such as the Elim water mill and some early homesteads reflect the European influence of the past.


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