Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip in Africa, is 124 miles (199 km) from Stellenbosch. Going by car is the best option, and takes around three hours—though if you have time, the two available driving routes offer a variety of places to visit on the way.
Alternatively, travelers can use the bus and a private transfer. This option is less convenient and not recommended. Those who opt for this will need to book a bus ticket to Riviersonderend or Caledon and book a private transfer for the rest of the way.
Those using a rental car might be interested in this 11-day self-drive itinerary from Cape Town with the chance to explore Gondwana Nature Reserve and much more.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 3-3.5 hours
This is the best-recommended method of travel. Most private transfers offer a set free irrespective of the number of travelers. Those who wish to self-drive can easily rent a car in Stellenbosch.
The quickest route is via the N2 highway and R316. This route takes just under three hours without stops—although you may need to budget in extra time to visit attractions along the way. The beach towns Strand and Gordon’s Bay are only a short detour. Travelers who would enjoy visiting a reserve can choose between stopping at Jonkershoed Nature Reserve and Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, also only a short detour away. Bot River and Caledon, which boast an array of good restaurants and wine estates, are well-recommended towns to stop at for lunch.
An alternative route option is via the N1 highway and R317. This route takes an extra 30 minutes without stops. There are a number of wine estates to stop at en route, particularly in the Stellenbosch region, including Slaley Wine Estate and Val de Vie Winelands Lifestyle Estate. Recommended places to stop for lunch are Worcester, Robertson or Stormsvlei Restaurant and Farm Stall. Travelers who opt for this route should keep cash or a credit card accessible for pay tolls.
After arriving in L’Agulhas village, travelers can get around and visit Cape Agulhas by car or on foot.
By Bus and Private Transfer
Duration: 3.5-4.5 hours
This option is less convenient than traveling by car the whole way and can be made longer due to bus delays. Those who opt for this will need to book their bus ticket in advance. You have the option of booking a bus to either Riviersonderend or Caledon. We recommend that travelers book a bus ticket that arrives in daylight for safety reasons. After arriving in one of these towns, you will need to book a private transfer for the rest of the route.