South Africa Table Mountain

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
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 most southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas
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.

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