This weekend, we did something a bit unusual and went away for a quick trip. On Saturday morning, some friends and I packed our bags and jumped in the car for a journey to Agulhas. The wind was absolutely howling on Saturday and it was decidedly grey, so we mostly sat inside around the heater, looking at the view, and laughed and drank wine in our pajamas (ah, the comforts of being old friends!) before starting the fire, having some cheese platters and eating braai food until we physically couldn't anymore. Luckily on Sunday morning the sun came out so we braved the winds for a visit to the Southernmost Tip of Africa before breakfast and our roadtrip back home. (So we could all visit our mums for Mother's Day!) All in all it was an excellent mini-break, just what the doctor ordered!
Agulhas (or L'Agulhas, if you wish) is a coastal town that is the southernmost settlement in Africa situated at 34°49′20″S 20°1′0″E. (200 km by car from Stellenbosch.) The southernmost tip of continental Africa is called Cape Agulhas. At this point, the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet
If you were wondering about the odd name, "Agulhas" is Portuguese for "needles" - apparently the Portuguese sailors going around here about 500 years ago noticed that at Cape Agulhas, a compass needle will point due north with no magnetic deviation (normally magnetic north is not the same as true north).
The Agulhas Lighthouse is the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa and was first lit in 1849. The coast around Cape Agulhas has taken many ships, with maybe 150 shipwrecks around it as a result of the rough seas and ragged reefs.(Nerd alert: did you know you can get lists of shipwrecks off the government's website?)