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See the south­ern­most tip of Africa

For a panoramic view, climb to the top of the Cape Agul­has light­house – it’s worth the 71 steps. Make sure you hold onto your hat and sun­glasses if the wind is blow­ing. Also visit the mu­seum to see pho­tos of how the light­house has trans­formed over the years. From the light­house it’s a short stroll along the board­walk to the cairn at the south­ern­most tip of Africa. On the way there you can also see the new Agul­has Icon, an in­stal­la­tion by land­scape artist Stri­j­dom van der Merwe, which was un­veiled in 2017. It’s a big, metal topo­graph­i­cal de­pic­tion of the African con­ti­nent, with land­marks like Kil­i­man­jaro, the Drak­ens­berg and Ta­ble Moun­tain (see photo on p 4). Walk around – it’s a nice, graphic way to ori­en­tate your­self. Cost: Mu­seum and light­house R31,50 per adult; R15,50 per child un­der 12. Open daily from 9 am to 4.30 pm. Con­tact: 028 435 6078; sanparks.org

Ex­plore Agul­has Na­tional Park

There are two hik­ing trails: The Rasper­punt cir­cu­lar trail and the Two Oceans trail. Rasper­punt (5,5 km) starts at the Meisho Maru ship­wreck near the light­house; Two Oceans con­sists of three loops of 3 km, 4,5 km and 10,5 km re­spec­tively, and starts in the rest camp. If you want to overnight in this pris­tine wilder­ness, there are sev­eral ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions avail­able. Chalet ac­com­mo­da­tion from R1 231 per night for two adults, plus R132 per ex­tra child (each unit sleeps four). Cost: Con­ser­va­tion fee R43 per adult; R22 per child. Con­tact: 028 435 6078; sanparks.org

Taste wine

Wine Bou­tique on The Ship­wreck Coast is a shop in Main Road, L’Agul­has, which stocks a se­lec­tion of the best wines from the area. At the end of each month they host wine tast­ings by dif­fer­ent cel­lars. The deep red walls and stylish decor cre­ate a spe­cial at­mos­phere – you’ll feel out of place in your flip-flops and sarong. Open­ing times: Mon­day to Fri­day from 8 am to 7 pm (Oc­to­ber to April); Mon­day to Fri­day from 9 am to 5 pm (May to Septem­ber); Satur­days from 9 am to 5 pm and Sun­days from 11 am to 3 pm (year-round). Con­tact: 028 435 7932; winebou­tiqueag­ul­has.co.za

Go horse rid­ing

Ride into the sun­set along Stru­is­baai beach. Cost: R500 per per­son for 1½ hours. Con­tact: 082 853 6732

PEAK TRAF­FIC (above left). The paved road sep­a­rat­ing the Agul­has light­house from the south­ern­most tip of Africa can get quite busy. Rather park at the light­house and walk down to the wa­ter.

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