Home Nearby Attractions Struisbaai

PostHeaderIcon Struisbaai

harbourStruisbaai is a little village just next to L'Agulhas, at the southernmost tip of Africa, boasting the longest continuous stretch of white sand coastline in the Southern Hemisphere, a 14 km stretch of white, sandy beach - the main attraction that makes it such an appealing holiday destination.

Struisbaai, together with its neighbouring communities of Hotagterklip and Struisbaai Noord makes up a sizeable collection of holiday homes spread along the sandy shore north-east of Cape Aghulhas.Struisbaai is ideal for fishing, swimming, shell collecting, sunbathing or simply relaxing and taking in the amazing scenery.

The quaint Struisbaai harbour provides whale watching boat excursions, particularly during mating season between May and December.

wreckjpg

Further inland, the beach gives way to charming fishermen's cottages and fynbos-covered terrain, perfect for ostriches, cattle and merino sheep. Hiking and mountain biking are popular and guided 4x4 tours are available. There are some must-see shell shops in the village of Struisbaai and the restored thatch-roof Anglican Church is a national monument and well worth a visit.

hotagterklipThere is some debate as to the origin of the name Struisbaai. Some authorities believe that it means 'strawbay' and it earned this name by the fishermen's cottages that were originally built of straw. Others claim the name Struisbaai is derived from the Dutch vogelstruijs or 'ostrich'. According to legend, Struisbaai is named for the size of its beach - an old Dutch word meaning "huge".

churchThe fishermen's cottages at Hotagterklip (left rear stone) have been declared national monuments. They are often featured in the paintings of many South African artists. The unusual name of this little place comes from the days of the first wagon track, when a stone outcrop imposed a sharp detour on all travelers. Most of the old cottages were allowed to fall into ruin, until recently when the original cottages have been expertly restored.

A tarmac road continues along the coast beyond Struisbaai for 8 km and then ends at the village of Agulhas.