For people who love exploring coastlines, South Africa can be a really great place to visit. Clocking in at an impressive 25th on the list of the world’s largest countries, South Africa definitely has a pretty huge landmass.
That size is transformed into a 2978 km (1739 miles) long coastline by the fact that the large country lies at the very tip of the great African continent. The coastline brushes off on both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. It offers a great variety in terms of coastal lines, sea life, and water.
If it is mind-boggling to think how exactly ocean boundaries are defined, then seeing the actual boundaries would be beyond thrilling. That is exactly what the Cape Agulhas offers- the meeting and division points between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
The view is purely breathtaking as waters from two bodies fight for supremacy splashing against each other on the continental walls of the continent’s most southern point. The result of this war of ages has been the formation of rocky reefs in the area.
As collateral damage, 26 shipwrecks have been recorded here. Probably more went unrecorded as the warm Indian Ocean waters refused to mix with the cold Atlantic waters.
The Cape Point Lighthouse would be the proverbial ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ here.
Numerous beaches dot the South African coast, stretching from Cape Town all the way to Durban. The North Beach is one of the most popular beaches, highly regarded by skaters and bodyboarders alike. The Camps Bay beach in Durban is a close or even greater rival; probably the most lively point on South Africa’s coast. Other beaches include the Santos Beach, Nahoon, Clifton, Gordon’s Bay and Cape Vidal.
Not forgetting that the iconic Table Mountain also overlooks the country’s coast. The country literally moves from zero (sea level) to 100 (mountain top) quite fast.