10.05.2024 | Engelage Zuzana | Poslední aktualizace: 28.12.2022
No, but if you automatically answered yes, don't beat yourself up.You are not alone.

Unfortunately, the answer of the vast majority will be the same. Even the travel agents will advertise this gross misconception and add that two great oceans, the Indian and Atlantic, meet here. If you wanted to get to the right place, you would have to travel a little over 200 km southeast from the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Agulhas, or Cape Shooting. Yes, this is the southernmost point on the African continent and it is also where the two oceans theoretically meet. Theoretically, of course, because there is no straight line where the oceans meet due to the extremely strong ocean currents. You also won't see a straight boundary between two oceans with different colors. However, this does not lose the magic of the moment. You are truly at the southernmost point of Africa. From there, it's no further south on land. Here you will be surrounded by a vast landscape with more than 2,000 endemic plants and the wildness of the oceans. After a short walk, you will come to a stone block with the inscription Cape Agulhas , in Czech Střelkový Cape. Those of you who listened enthusiastically in geography and history lessons at school will remember why the name Střelkový. The name of this cape was given in 1488 by the famous Portuguese sailor Bartholomew Dias, the first sailor to circumnavigate the Cape of Good Hope (then called the Cape of Storms), the Portuguese name is Cabo das Agulhas, meaning Cape of Needles/Shots. At the time of the discovery, the magnetic north pole coincided with true north in the region and the compass needle pointed exactly north.

Just nearby is another major attraction you can't miss. The lighthouse, built in 1848, is still in operation and its light is visible for up to 30 nautical miles. It's one of 45 lighthouses built around South Africa's wild coastline and functions as the only museum in South Africa with exhibits on display inside the lighthouse. For those of you who aren't afraid of heights, you'll have no problem ascending the very steep staircase, which is topped with a nearly perpendicular ladder. You will be rewarded with an entrance to the two-story walkway around the roof of the lighthouse and an unforgettable view and experience.

There you have it, your foot resting on one of the most important places on our planet. However, the Cape of Good Hope, the dream of all travellers, cannot be ignored. So many people know it, but only a "few" get there, that will be our next destination.

I look forward to seeing you,

Zuzana, your South African guide

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