Aghulas National Park Where Oceans Meet

Aghulas National Park, South Africa is at the southernmost tip of Africa where the boundaries of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The park lies some 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Cape Town in the area Dutch settlers called the Overberg, meaning the far side of the mountains. Allow at least two hours to drive the distance. Because you will want to take in some of the loveliest scenery in the world.

Overberg Mountains at Grootvadersbocsh. aghulas national park
Overberg Mountains at Grootvadersbocsh: Winfried Bruenken / CC BY-SA 2.5

On the Way to Aghulas National Park at Grootvadersbocsh

Cape Aghulas took many early seafarers by surprise since it juts out in their path in morning mist. Survivors had to trek inland by foot for many miles. Kind farmers short on company took them in and gave them shelter while they healed their wounds. The town of Bredasdorp makes a great place to stop and explore this history. This is especially since it has a shipwreck museum. The Aghulas National Park is another half hour down the road, so you are almost at the end of your motoring journey.

Bradasdorp Among the Wheat Fields. aghulas national park
Bradasdorp Among the Wheat Fields: Suidpunt BY Public Domain

Bradasdorp Among the Wheat Fields Close by the Ocean

After leaving Bredasdorp for the Aghulas National Park coast the landscape changes as the fingers of sea air creep inland. They mould a tougher, more resilient landscape characterised by scrub. On the coast itself, an elderly lighthouse watches over passing ships, and southern right whales off the crashing coast from June to November.

Whenever I find the time to visit Aghulas National Park, I like to tarry at these rocks. I want to think about the wreck of the Japanese trawler Meisho Maru No. 38. It ran aground at three in the morning on 16 November 1982 after surviving thirty-metre swells. All 17 crew managed to swim to safety. They came ashore less than two kilometres from Cape Aghulas Lighthouse, thereby adding a strange twist to my tale.

Meisho Maru No. 38. aghulas national park
Meisho Maru No. 38: Barry Haynes / CC BY-SA 4.0

About Richard Farrell

Richard FarrellI tripped over a shrinking bank balance and fell into the writing gig unintentionally. This was after I escaped the corporate world and searched in vain for ways to become rich on the internet by doing nothing. Despite the fact that writing is no recipe for wealth, I rather enjoy it. I will deny I am obsessed with it when I have the time.My base is Umtentweni in South Africa on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast (30.7167° S, 30.4667° E). I work from home where I ponder on the future of the planet, and what lies beyond in the great hereafter. Sometimes I step out of my computer into the silent riverine forests, and empty golden beaches for which the area is renowned.

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    Deevra Norling

    Just one correction to this article – it’s the Atlantic and Indian Oceans that meet in Agulhas, not the Pacific.


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