A popular misconception (even amongst locals) is that the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean meet at Cape Point. The reason for this misconception is that the water which washes the shores of False Bay are warmer than the cold water of the Atlantic on the western seaboard of the Cape Peninsula.
A unique feature when visiting Cape Point is that you are standing at the most South-Western tip of the African Continent. The waters are warmer on this side due to the strong south easterly winds blowing the waters being carried in the warm Mocambique current, towards the shore. So whereas we have a warm current which is sometimes blown inland, it is mainly the cold Benguela Current which washes our shores in Cape Town.
Another unique feature when visiting Cape Town is to take a trip to Cape Agulhas. Now THIS is where the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean meet and just like various spots around the world where you can be in two places or two time zones at one time, here you can have one foot in the one ocean and the other foot in the other ocean. Just because you can.
But don’t let your venturing spirit stop there. There is so much more to see and do, places to eat, activities to partake in, history to read up on and your first dip in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Take photos for your friends – they will be so impressed that you not only stood at the most south-western tip but also the most southern tip of the African continent.
Even the lighthouse has a distinct fact – yes, you are right – it is the most southern lighthouse on the African continent! Let us know when you are volunteering with us, and we will arrange a trip for you where you can stay overnight and return the next day. Our travel desk has a great way to do this AND which will give you an opportunity to see more interesting places along the way.