Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Tip of Africa

Up until about a week ago we thought that the Cape of Good Hope was the southernmost point of Africa.  Turns out that we were wrong!  The Cape of Good Hope is actually the slightly more qualified south-westernmost point of Africa.  We still paid a visit the Cape of Good Hope, but David made sure that we visited the actual southernmost point of Africa as well!  

The Cape of Good Hope is a very exposed and harsh but beautiful place.  The wind and rain picked up big time during our visit and really gave us a good taste of the wild weather that can confront mariners as they round the southern tip of Africa. 

David at the Cape of Good Hope - the southwestern most point in Africa
A rainbow at the Cape of Good Hope . . . we didn't find a pot of gold

A couple of days after visiting the Cape of Good Hope we made our way to Cape Agulhas, the actual southernmost tip of Africa.  Unlike the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Agulhas is well off the tourist route (over an hour driving on dirt roads to get there), but it wasn’t too far from where we were staying in the town of Gansbaai.  We think that it was well worth the effort to see the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans!

Cape Agulhas - the southernmost tip of Africa

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