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Southernmost Tip of Africa and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Where Two Great Oceans Meet

The southernmost tip of the African continent is at Cape Agulhas and not at Cape Point as many people believe. The official position of the tip is found approximately 1km west of the Cape Agulha Lighthouse. The tip's exact location is marked by a simple yet dramatic marker which was erected in 1986. In early 16th century, the Portuguese seafarers christened this tip "Cabo das Agulhas" which means "Cape of Needles" and refers to the needle of the compass which at this point shows no real deviation between true north and magnetic north. At this tip the two mighty oceans-Indian and Atlantic meet at the most southern tip of continent Africa. Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa and was built in 1848. It is one of the only three buildings in South Africa to be inpired by Egyptian architecture.

Location: About 230 km Southeast of Cape Town in a beautiful historic Overberg farming region near Suidertrand

Shot date May 2003
Nikon FA, 20mm AF Nikkor F2.8,
Nikon circular Polariser 62mm
Slidefilm Kodachrome 64

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