STRUISBAAI AND CAPE AGULHAS: DUO OF BEAUTY
Only a scenic, two-hour car trip from Cape Town and you’re in Struisbaai - a town near the southernmost tip of Africa and arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Home to possibly the longest stretch of white beach in the Southern Hemisphere and the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa.
It is a favourite destination for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life.
A fishing village by origin, Struisbaai's quaint harbour is still a hive of activity nowadays. It is frequented almost daily by locals and visitors alike, as well as restaurateurs, waiting at dockside to buy the catch of the day. You will find artists and photographers, the locals reveling in the vibrant atmosphere or hoping to hand-feed their resident population of giant stingrays.
Struisbaai has carefully avoided over-development as evidenced by its pristine natural setting and proximity to wilderness havens such as the Agulhas National Park, which stretches over 21 000 hectares and lies literally at the Southernmost Tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. It’s an area of such spectacular natural beauty and cultural history that visitors from around the country and throughout the world return year after year and very often end up becoming residents.
From a conservation perspective, Cape Agulhas has become a leader in the field of wetland management, responsibly promoting nature-based tourism. It is a safe haven for southern right whales, rewarding spectators with dazzling aerobic displays. It is also home to the rare black oystercatcher, of which there are less than 5 000 adults anywhere in the world.
Agulhas is also a world-class fishing spot, boasting a wealth of Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Garrick and Red Steenbras, to mention just a few. As a result, it is a fitting location for the Two Oceans Marlin Challenge, which is attended by anglers from all around the country and overseas.