Where two oceans meet
Struisbaai is a stone’s throw away from L’Agulhas, which is perched on a rocky headland where the Atlantic Ocean crashes into the lndian Ocean. This is officially the southern tip of the African continent, where a lighthouse warns of stormy winter weather. But when the winter months give way to balmy summer days, the average day has 14 hours of sunshine. Then, visitors can walk forever on the glorious beach, enjoying safe swimming, fishing, hiking, jogging, mountain biking, kite surfing, and exploring.
Like no place on earth, the development offers investors access to such bountiful pleasures as watching the fishing boats come in and then enjoying the day’s catch later that day. These shallow waters are Southern Africa’s premier fishing grounds and conservationists rate the area as the richest of South Africa’s six floral kingdoms, boasting 8500 fynbos species, 6000 of which are found nowhere else.
It has been declared a World Heritage region, and important for ecological conservation on an international level.
Struisbaai is a whale watching hotspot and whales have been known to venture in as close as 20 metres from the shore along Struisbaaiplaat. It is also the breeding site for many rare birds such as the African Black Oystercatcher.
The road to paradise is well-signposted
A pristine tarred road takes visitors from Cape Town to L’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 L’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.