Cape Agulhas
A peaceful getaway - Ethan and Geraldine. Date of travel: Jul 2006
A peaceful getaway
We are very fortunate that my parents have recently built a house in this magical part of the world and that we get to go up as often as possible. Of course, we also get to take visitors to the Southern Most Tip of Africa! (Cape Point is not, as they have advertised, the southern tip or where the oceans meet- apparently after legal wranglings they now boast of being the south WESTERN most point...). Surrounded by fynbos and hearing the roar of the ocean... Bliss. L'Agulhus itself is small - the "CBD" (as we affectionately call it) consists of a grocery store, corner store (or cafe as us South Africans call it), a fish and chip shop, a gallery and some restaurants. Struisbaai (the town just before L'agulhus) has bigger shops, butchery, a bottle store etc. A trip to the lighthouse (the second oldest in SA) is well worth it, as is walking the Spookdraai trail. You also can't beat the warm Indian ocean swimming and 27km of uninterrupted beach at Struisbaai. About 2 and a half hours from Cape Town, L'Agulhus is a must - and there are plenty of B&Bs offering top-class accommodation. Do yourself a favour and get out there! Well worth it. Tour Operator: N/A
Can't wait to return - Lucy, Hayley & Kayla Parker. Date of travel: Jul 2005
Can't wait to return
We took off from Cape Town on an impulse to spend the weekend at the southern tip of Africa, and had a delightful time! Cape Agulhas and Struisbaai offer a beautiful stretch of coastline, part rocky (near the lighthouse), but mostly a long crescent of sand stretching off around the massive horseshoe bay. A boardwalk connects the main Struisbaai beach to the little fishing harbour, ideal for an evening stroll to watch the sunset. Although built up with hundreds of luxury holiday homes (empty for most of the year), there is not an awful lot of choice of restaurants, and no shops at all to speak of. However B&Bs abound, and we enjoyed a drink on the terrace at Nostra, overlooking the beach. This restaurant/bar is in a perfect spot, but is rather shabby and dirty! We ate dinner at a steakhouse near the lighthouse (the name escapes me, but it is the only one there!). It was adequate, but rather expensive. I wouldn't recommend staying here for longer than a weekend, especially in winter, but there is enough to fill the time with if you enjoy a walk or two, and perhaps a bit of adventure on a quad bike (Eco-Quads takes people on guided rides ... interesting and fun). Also, visit the lighthouse (you need a head for heights if you are going to brave the climb up steep ladders), and drive into nearby Bredasdorp to visit the Shipwreck Museum (a bit tatty, and sadly underfunded, but if no-one visits and pays the R10.00 entrance fee how will it ever improve!?). The whole area has a relaxed atmosphere, and we left on the Sunday evening feeling rejuvenated! Can't wait to return in summertime and spend some hours laying on that beautiful beach!
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