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Agulhas Park eBulletin

July 2012

  

Agulhas Sasol Stretton's

Birding Weekend

4 - 6 November 2011

Secret Shores of the

Agulhas National Park

  

Southern Tip Relay Race

12 May 2012

  

Vuk'uzenzele

  

  

SANParks

  

  

Platbos

Africa's

Southernmost Forest

  

  

Flower Valley

  

  

Nuwejaars

  

  

Endangered

Wildlife Trust

  

  

What to do & see in the Agulhas National Park:

Shipwreck Hiking Trail

Experience the Spirit of the Southern Coastline, shipwrecks, fynbos & marine life.  

Contact Details: 

Louis Willemse  -  083 540 4575

     louisfieldguide@kingsley.co.za.  

  

Fynbos Walk

Explore the Agulhas Plain with its great diversity of indigenous flora, and unique vegetation such as limestone fynbos!

Please enquire about the Fynbos Flower Show which is on display alternatively in Elim & Agulhas.  (2010 Fynbos Flower show will be hosted in Elim - dates to be announced).

  

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (1849)

Climb the Lighthouse Tower and visit the Lighthouse Museum.  A certificate can be purchased from the restaurant (located in the lighthouse) as memento of the climb and magnificent view.

Adults:       R17.00

Children:   R8.50  (children up to 11 yrs)

Opening Hours:  9am to 5pm (Tower close at 4:30pm)

Do not leave before you have posted a postcard from the Southern Tip of Africa, ask in the restaurant for a special southern tip ink stamp (do not forget to bring postage stamps!!)

Southern Tip of Africa

34º49'58” S    20º00'12” E

Rugged and remote, the Southern Tip is a MUST see.  Located 1km from the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse it is an easy walk along the gravel road and board walk.  (Alternatively the gravel road can be driven with any vehicle).

The southern tip of the African continent is also the official meeting place of the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans.

Rasperpunt Hiking Trail

A 5,5km circular hiking trail, start/end at the Meisho Maru shipwreck.  Experience the coastline, coastal fynbos, ancient fish traps, fresh water fountains for the first half of the walk.  Turn inland, cross the gravel road and work your way up the ridge with magnificent views of the Rasperpunt rock formations and the coastline.  The route markers are numbered along the route and a  self-guide booklet can be purchased for R5 from the tourist office located below the lighthouse.

(Opening Hours:  9am to 5pm, closed between 1pm - 2pm).  

Fishing

Fishing permits can be purchased from the Struisbaai Post Office at the Struisbaai Mall.  Rock & deep sea fishing is a favourite pass time for most visitors at the Southern Tip. 

The Honorary Rangers (HR's) are investigating our first Fresh Water Fishing Competition, so keep your eyes on the websites for the dates to be announced.

Kids in the Park

View our Kids in the Park Album. The Kids in the Park program offers a fun educational experience, while stimulating a love for nature and the importance of conservation. See the activities, facilities and life time experiences the kids are enjoying in the Agulhas Park in our Album.

Contact Details:

Alliston Appel  -  028 435 6216

allistona@sanparks.org    

 

Photography by Anton Odendal, Birdlife Overberg

Struisbaai-Elim Birding Route

Take a slow drive along the Struisbaai-Elim route and enjoy the vast wealth of bird life in and around the ANP, especially at the salt pans and along the wetlands.  The ANP has exceptional birdlife, including endangered avifauna, such as the African Black Oyster-catcher.

A comprehensive Birding List of the Overberg can be purchased for R10 from the tourist office located below the lighthouse.   (Opening Hours:  9am to 5pm, closed between 1pm - 2pm).    

  

  

Salt Pans

The Springfield pan was exploited by the Springfield Salt and Farming Company (Pty) Ltd (1914 - 1950).  The remains of the concentration and crystallisation ponds, production plant and manager's homestead are now part of the cultural heritage in the ANP and a famous birding spot.

Agulhas National Park