This small camp is located 10,3km from the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. The camp was placed and designed to meet high environmental standards and according to the 'touch-the-earth-lightly' principles by which, inter alia, development was limited to disturbed sites.
One en-suite bedroom with a double bed, ceiling fans, fully equipped kitchen, two plate stove (no oven), microwave and fridge. No smoking is allowed. The unit offers an open plan lounge/kitchen area, patio and barbeque facilities. The sleeper couch is only suitable for children under 12.
- Inventory - All accommodation is equipped with crockery, cutlery, cooking, utensils, bedding, towels and soap.
- Complimentary coffee/tea is provided for your first night stay only.
- All accommodation units are self-catering and are equipped with plug points with a 220V electricity supply.
The region has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.
The mean annual air temperature is 15°C, while the annual rainfall varies between 400- 600mm, with 60 – 70% of the precipitation occurring between May and October. Sea temperatures average between 21°C in summer and 14°C in winter. The region is the coldest during June when the mercury drops to 7°C on average during the night.
Prevailing winds blow from the southeast in the summer and the northwest in the winter.
- Visit the lighthouse museum in L’Agulhas.
- The Wild Card unfortunately does not include the entrance fee to the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse.
- As outdoor lighting in camps is limited, a torch/headlamp is required when walking outside at night.
- Weekdays: 07:30 - 18:00
- Weekends and Public Holidays: 09:00 - 17:00 (closed between 12:00 and 12:30)
Banks & Foreign Exchange
Most banks have branches in Bredasdorp. Normal banking hours are weekdays 09:00 - 15:30, Saturdays 09:00 - 11:00. ATM’s are available in Bredasdorp, L’Agulhas and Struisbaai. Foreign exchange can be arranged at bank branches as well as Harvey World Travel in Bredasdorp: Tel: +27 (0) 28 424-2821.
On the day of arrival occupation can be expected by 14:00 but not guaranteed, on the day of departure accommodation must be vacated by 10:00.
- Inventory: All accommodation is equipped with crockery, cutlery, cooking, utensils, bedding, towels & soap. Each accommodation unit has a braai-area outside.
- Housekeeping: Prior to your arrival, your chalet is clean and furnished with fresh linens and towels. Daily housekeeping is included except for washing of dishes. Linen will be changed every 2—3 days; towels will be changed every day if so required.
- Keys: Keys must be returned to reception on check out. Lost and damaged keys will be charged for.
- Pets are not allowed in a national park.
- No vehicles are allowed on the beach.
- No person may drive off the existing roads - it is both illegal and damaging.
- No person is allowed to gather wood inside the park boundaries.
- No person may remove any rocks or plant from the park.
- No day visitor’s facilities are currently available in the park.
- Motorcycles are allowed in the park.
- Vehicle repairs, post office, medical and police services are available at L’Agulhas and/or Struisbaai.
- Lost & Found: For assistance in tracing lost articles contact our reception desk on +27 (0) 28 435-6068. Handling charges, postage & packaging will be charged for return of belongings left behind.
+27 (0) 425-6440
+27 (0) 425-5400
+27 (0) 425-1157
+27 (0) 28 435-1187
NSRI 30 Sea Rescue (Agulhas)
+27 (0) 28 435-7777
+27 (0) 82 990-5952
General Medical Practitioner
Dr R Smit
+27 (0) 28 435 7130
+27 (0) 82 775 1575 a/h
17 Cinneraria Street, Struisbaai
+27 (0) 28 424-1811
+27 (0) 82 926-7015 a/h
+27 (0) 28 424-1250
+27 (0) 82 499-9932 a/h
+27 (0) 28 424-2931
+27 (0) 28 435-6913
+27 (0) 82 573-6447
Poison Information Centre (All hours)
+27 (0) 931-6129
- For enquiries, e-mail Agulhus National Park, or People and Conservation or phone us on the following numbers:
Tel: +27 (0)28 435 6078
- Emmerentia De Kock: email or tel: +27(0) 28 435 6078
- Derick Strydom: Tourism Manager
tel: +27(0) 28 435 6078
- Park Manager: Agulhas National Park
PO Box 120
Natural & Cultural History
The area around the southern-most tip of Africa, often referred to as the Agulhas Plain, has rich natural and cultural features, which make it worthy of national park status. The Agulhas Plain is of international significance due to its rich plant biodiversity, with species richness values equalling those of tropical rain forests.
It has approximately 2000 species of indigenous plants including 100 which are endemic to the area and over 110 Red Data Book species. Consequently, the Agulhas Plain is a very important component of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest and richest of the world's six plant kingdoms.
The Agulhas Plain is unique in that a wide variety of wetlands occur in the area, contributing to a high diversity of wetland plants and aquatic invertebrates. This is also home to the endangered Cape platanna and the micro frog. In addition these wetlands attract a host of water birds, with over 21 000 migrant and resident wetland birds estimated to occur in the area annually. The coastline supports a rich marine and intertidal life, with breeding sties of rare coastal birds such as the African black oystercatcher. The nearby islands are home to a variety of seabirds and seals.
In spring and early summer southern right whales frequent the waters of the Agulhas coast. Besides its ecological importance, the Agulhas area has a rich cultural heritage. A reconnaissance of the area has established the presence of significant archaeological sites along the coast. The discovery of stone hearths and pottery, together with shell middens, link the archaeological deposits with the era of Khoisan migration and settlements.
The Agulhas area 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. Many national monuments are found in the area, such as the historical Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, which has been in operation since 1849. In addition, historical buildings such as the water mill at Elim and certain homesteads reflect the European influence in the history of the region.
Birding in Agulhas National Park
Damara Tern breeds at De Mond Nature Reserve and can be seen along the Struisbaai Boardwalk. Denham's Bustard, Blue Crane and Secretarybird are some of the larger, more visible species present, while Southern Tchagra, Large-billed Lark, Agulhas Clapper and Agulhas Long-billed Lark, Cloud Cisticola and Grey-backed Cisticola are common amongst the smaller species.
This Park hosts a variety of habitat types and great biodiversity as far as birds are concerned. Large expanses of coastal fynbos allow birders access to species such as Cape Sugarbird, Southern Doubled-Collared Sunbird and Orange-breasted Sunbird, and the patches of renosterveld hosts vulnerable species such as Hottentot Buttonquail and Black Harrier.
The historical Springfield Saltpans is a yearly haven for hundreds of Lesser and Greater Flamingo, the rare Chestnut-banded Plover, thousands of Little Stint, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, and some scarce species such as Eurasian Curlew and Red Knot. Along the Zoetendalsvlei and Nuwerjaarsrivier, waterbirds such as African Rail, African Purple Swamphen, Black Crake and an array of other waders occur frequently. Other raptors found in the area includes Lanner Falcon, Yellow-billed Kite, African Harrier-Hawk, African Marsh-Harrier, Martial Eagle, Booted Eagle, African Fish-Eagle, Steppe Buzzard, Jackal Buzzard and Forest Buzzard.
The Agulhas National Park certainly is a birders paradise and has something to offer for novice as well as experienced twitchers.
(For more birding information and park bird checklist, go to Information for Birders)
Not many terrestrial mammals occur, but the Cape Grysbok is something to look
out for in the coastal fynbos.
In the Ocean one can look out for Cape Fur Seals and a variety of Whales, Dolphins and
Porpoises. The Southern Right Whales come to the bays to breed from August to November.
The Agulhas Plain with a plant diversity and species richness equalling those of tropical forests, makes the Agulhas National Park a jewel in its own right.
The floral diversity includes some 2 000 species of indigenous plants including 100 that are endemic to the area and over 110 Red Data species.
The Agulhas Plain is an important component of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest and richest of the six plant kingdoms of the world.
Many different vegetation types occur in this area. One of them is the endemic Elim (laterite) fynbos, restricted to a few patches in the region, the smallest land surface of any vegetation type in SA. Some of the species confined to this vegetation type are Leucodendron elimense spp. Elimense and Leucodendron laxum (vleirosie).
Limestone fynbos is the endemic-rich vegetation associated with the Bredasdorp Formation limestones. Lime-rich soils are mainly alkaline (pH values greater than 7,5, whereas other fynbos soils are acidic, with a pH value of 4,5 - 6,5) and represented by species like Mimetes saxatalis, Protea obtusifolia, Leucodendron meridianum and Watsonia fergusoniae.
Other vegetation types include acid sand proteoid fynbos, neutral sand proteoid fynbos, restioid fynbos and wetlands.
Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative
The Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) is one of several landscape initiatives in the Cape Floristic Region. It integrates and coordinates efforts to minimise the further loss of threatened natural habitats on the Agulhas Plain.
ABI is implemented by a number of partners who have agreed to work together and pool their resources to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems on the Agulhas Plain. Through their efforts they want to make sure that benefits flow to the local economy through activities such as responsible nature-based tourism and the sustainable harvesting of the natural veld. The area of approximately 270 000 hectares near the southernmost point of Africa is a mosaic of agricultural land separated by stretches of rare and endemic coastal lowland fynbos and wetlands.
Some landowners have conserved their land and veld for many years, but at the start of ABI only 14% of the Agulhas Plain was conserved under legally binding arrangements. Through stewardship agreements with landowners and the expansion of the Agulhas National Park, this figure now stand at 37% (102 000 hectares). At least 40% of this area is privately owned, which reinforces the important role that landowners and the agricultural sector play in conservation.
The fynbos of the Agulhas Plain is of global significance, therefore ABI was able to source funds from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for its preservation. Substantial funding has also come from the ABI partners. The ABI programme supports the Cape Action for People and the Environment (C.A.P.E.), another GEF-funded programme.
People with disabilities
Accommodation for the mobility challenged persons consists of two units (one 2-bed and one 4-bed unit) in the rest camp and one 2-bed cottage at Rhenosterkop. At Bergplaas one of the bathrooms has been converted for the mobility challenged person.
Universally accessible. These historic cottages lie on one of the oldest farms in the Strandveld and was established in 1742. The cottages have been carefully restored for the modern day visitor. Energy requirements are provided by solar panels for lighting and gas for cooking, hot water & refrigeration. The facility comprises one bedroom with two single beds and a bathroom with a shower.
Agulhas Rest Camp:
Universally accessible. The unit features one en-suite bedroom with two single beds. A fully-equipped kitchen includes a two-plate stove (no oven), microwave and fridge. The unit provides a patio and barbeque facilities. A sleeper couch is also available but it is only suitable for children under 12.
Universally accessible. The unit features two en-suite bedrooms, each with two single beds. A fully-equipped kitchen includes a two-plate stove (no oven), microwave and fridge. The unit provides a patio and barbeque facilities. A sleeper couch is also available but it is only suitable for children under 12.
Accommodation images may differ from the actual units as refurbishment of various accommodation types occur on an on-going basis.
Accessible Activities & Facilities
- Southern Tip of Africa
Though the Southernmost point is accessible to wheelchairs users they will require assistance.