Agulhas National Park in South Africa
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Agulhas National Park is situated on the Southern Tip of Africa, about three hours East of Cape Town. If you want to stand at the end of the African Continent then this is the place to visit. In 1999 this Park was officially opened with just 4ha of land and today has grown to 21 971ha of natural beauty.
Agulhas National Park is wrapped in mystery and intrigue. As the point at which ships had to pass going to the East, this coast line became littered with ship wrecks as the seas drove them too close to the shore and grounded them. The storms that batter this coast line at times can be terrifying, and yet on a sunny, warm day, the tranquiliuty and beauty of this landscape will take your breathe away.
The Cape is beautiful and to be able to go to a National Park on the coast and stay in a chalet near the sea in an area that is ecologically protected is a joy. You can find middens here and archaeological remains of the Khoi-Khoi people who inhabited this area many thousands of years ago. A feature that you will not be able to miss are the Salt-pans of Agulhas and worth seeing for yourself.
Look out for the Damara Tern as a species which is on the ‘Near Threatened’ list, along with the African Black Oystercatcher which is ‘endangered’ with less than 5000 adults remaining. The Lighthouse is also worth a mention here as it was built in 1848 and the second oldest operating lighthouse in South Africa!
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|Contact Details|| Telephone Number
+27 (0)28 435 6078
GPS: S 34° 48’45.9” E 19° 56’30.2”
Lighthouse: S 34° 49′ 42.549” E 20° 0′ 35.857”
|Nearest Airport||Cape Town (208km away)|
|Size of Park||21 971 ha|
|Park Map||SANParks Agulhas Map|
|Average Temperature||Mean Average 15°|
|Common Animal Species||Cape Grysbok|
|Animal List||Cape Grysbok
Ocean: Cape Fur Seals, Whale, Dolphin, Porpoises
Aug-Nov – Breeding time for Southern Right Whales
|Bird List||Damara Tern, Denham’s Bustard, Blue Crane,
Secretarybird, Southern Tchagra, Agulhas Clapper,
Agulhas Long-billed Lark, Cloud Cisticola,
Grey-backed Cisticola, Cape Sugarbird,
Southern Double-Collared Sunbird,
Orange-Breasted Sunbird, Hottentot Buttonquail,
Black Harrier, Flamingo, Chestnut-banded Plover (rare),
Large-billed Lark, Karoo Robin, Cape Bunting,
Little Stint, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper,
Eurasian Curlew, Red Knot, African Rail,
African Purple Swamphen, Black Crake, Lanner Falcon,
Yellow-Billed Kite, African Harrier-Hawk, African Marsh-Harrier,
Martial Eagle, Booted Eagle, African Fish-Eagle,
Steppe Buzzard, Jackel Buzzard, Forest Buzzard
|Unesco World Heritage Site||No|
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