Struisbaai

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Where two oceans meet

Struisbaai is a stone throw away from Cape Agulhas, which is perched on a rocky headland where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean. This is officially recognised as the southernmost tip of the African continent. It has been declared a World Heritage region, and important for ecological conservation on an international level.

The road to paradise is well-signposted

A pristine tarred road takes visitors from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas and its sister town, Struisbaai, on the N2 through Caledon via the R316 to Napier and Bredasdorp. Good signage assists drivers to get to their destination within only 2.5 hours.

The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse was declared a National Monument in 1973 as a result of its important role in keeping sailors safe. Historians say the tough people that settled at the southernmost tip of Africa found a way to survive its dangers and turned the once inhospitable coastline into a thriving tourist attraction, making their heritage part of contemporary life.

Struisbaai is located 200km from Cape Town International Airport.

Activities & Attractions

Struisbaai has a wide variety of activities and attractions to choose from.

A wooden pathway from the hotel will lead you to Struisbaai Harbour where multi-coloured fishing boats and the resident stingrays have become an attraction for locals and visitors.

The sheltered bay offers water sports and activities that include angling, kite surfing, diving, whale watching, kayaking, and swimming.

The shallow waters without currents makes it one of the safest beaches in the world while the convergence of the warm Mozambique and the cold Benguela currents makes the water significantly warmer than any of South Africa’s coastal towns.

Although fishing is the livelihood of many locals, it is also a favourite pastime for visitors trying their hand at catching big game fish like yellowtail, Steenbras, black and striped Marlin and Hammerhead. In 2018, a Black Marlin, weighing 294.76kg, was caught with spear gun by a free diver in the area.

Struisbaai is also well known for its diving and scuba diving sites, with multiple ship wrecks and reefs that are just waiting to be explored.

Between July and December, The Southern Right Whales travel to this side of the coastline to mate, calve and enjoy the warm weather.

A highlight on the local calendar, is every December when one of the stages of the Trans Agulhas Challenge, the world’s toughest inflatable boat challenge’, passes by Struisbaai, with more than 40 inflatable boats taking part in surf and night races on Struisbaai main beach.

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Visitors in 2017