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South Africa’s unique experience: Our two oceans

Guests at the Steenberg Hotel often ask us for the story behind the name of “Two Oceans”, as it appears in many places and at many events in and around the Cape. Type “Two Oceans” into Google and you’re sure to come across the famous annual Cape half and ultra marathon, a winery and a popular restaurant, all bearing the same name, before you find any information about the origins of the name itself. We decided to dive in (pun intended) and discover which two seas are involved, where they are, and where they really meet.

The Cape coast of South Africa is washed by both the warm Indian and cool Atlantic ocean currents, bringing unique weather conditions to either side of the country. So much so, in fact, that South Africa is one of the few places in the world positioned between two seas that are so different. Take Port Nolloth and Durban, for example, lying along the same latitude on the west and east coasts respectively. In the west, Port Nolloth receives an average annual rainfall of just 61mm, whilst Durban tops the charts with 1000mm per annum! For more information about the two oceans, and the fascinatingly unique flora and fauna that they each support, please visit The story of the two oceans – where two worlds meet.

Each years, thousands of tourists come to the Cape in order to experience the meeting of these two oceans, but there is some contention as to where this point actually is! Cape Point receives over 800,000 visitors per annum, all flocking to its cliffs to view this meeting of the seas. Cape Agulhas, however, situated over 100km east of Cape Point and known as the southernmost tip of Africa, is also argued to be the rendevouz point between these two oceans. So, who’s right? Find out more and make your own decision in the article Where the two oceans really meet.

Personally, we at Steenberg Hotel think that both Cape Point and Cape Agulhas are two of the most breathtakingly beautiful sites in South Africa, and both are equally deserving of a visit. So, we suggest you “sit on the fence” with this one, and plan an excursion to both!

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