The most southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas,
there where Africa ends.
The most southern tip of Africa can be found in
the Agulhas National Park at cape Agulhas in South Africa.
As a tourist attraction it draws thousands of local and international tourists each year to
witness the Indian and Atlantic oceans splashing together.
Many of them where led to believe that Cape Point, the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula,
is the place to go, to witness this supposed natural phenomenon.
However, the residents of Cape Agulhas with most of the South Africans and scientific
institutions on theirside, disagree.
They are right when they argue that the correct longitude where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans
meet, was demarcated by the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO), which describes the
western boundary of the Indian Ocean as follows;
From the coast of the Antarctic continent northwards, along the meridian of 20°E to Cape Agulhas
(34°50’S – 20°00’E), the southern extremity of the Republic of South Africa, in Africa (the common limit
with the South Atlantic Ocean).
View from the Agulhas lighthouse at the most southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas
So those who travel to Cape Point, or the Cape of Good Hope, in the hope of seeing the confluence of two
oceans, will have to travel a little further south and east to Cape Agulhas, a distance of approximately
200km. And for those who still try to pursue the debate for commercial reasons, they do not seem to have
much of a leg to stand on.
Location of the Agulhas National Park and the most southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas
The Hydrographic Office of the South African Navy accepts the findings of the IHO regarding the common
boundary of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, while the Department of Oceanography at the University of Cape
Town also accepts and applies the 20°E dividing line.
The map below shows part of the Western Cape province with the location of the most
southern tip of Africa at cape Agulhas in relation to Cape Point.
Tips for navigating the map
- The three buttons at the right-hand top corner of the map allow you to view either the geographical
map, the satellite picture or a combination of both.
- The button cluster on the left will enable you to zoom in or out. On the map you can use the
Plus (+) key to Zoom In for more detail, or the
Minus (-) key to Zoom Out for a bigger picture of the region in
relation to the rest of South Africa.
- You will also be able to move the map left and right and up and down by using the
Arrows at the left hand top corner, or by clicking the left-hand
mouse button and moving the cursor on the map.
- Click on the Refresh button of your browser to restore the
map to its original setting.
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