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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Agulhas May 28th 2019

The rain of yesterday had passed by and there was a good amount of sun warming the breakfast room at our B&B as we got ourselves ready for the day ahead. Being the only guests we thought that breakfast might not take too long and we would be on our way. Not so ! ‘Arvey’(this was how we understood his name to be when we arrived last night)had our places set up and we ordered from the small menu thinking that although the menu said it could take up to 20 minutes for the meal to be prepared that because we were the only guests he would get it prepared quicker. Not so,again ! Keeping starvation at bay with a slice or two of toast while we waited for our cooked breakfasts was just enough to ... read more
Good waves but not for surfing
The Whale Watch pathway,Hermanus
South African swimming pool at the beach

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Agulhas October 3rd 2015

Gemütliche Abfahrt, leider bei bedecktem Himmel, 11 Grad. Dann ein Pass. Nieselregen, kalt, Diesel auf der Fahrbahn in den Kurven. Aber bald hörte es auf, zu regnen, es wurde trocken und wärmer es begann eine schöne Fahrt durch riesige Weizenfelder. Napier, eine kleine, nette Stadt. Dann merkte man den Einfluss des Meeres - Vegetation wurde spärlicher, Gebüsch, kein Anbau mehr, stehendes Wasser in Senken, wir kamen zum Indischen Ozean. Am Kap Agulhas treffen sich der kalte, sauerstoffreiche, nährstoffreiche Atlantik (artenarm, individuenreich) und der Indische Ozean (warm, nährstoffarm, artenreich, individuenarm). Riesige Brecher, Schiffswraks, wildes Meer! Die ganze Gegend ist voller Ferienhäuser, die jetzt fast alle leer sind. Die Vorhänge zugezogen, die Einfahrt (groß genug für einen Schulparkplatz) leer. Schilder von Security Diensten. Es gab eine ganze Rei... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Agulhas August 10th 2015

On 9th August 1956, 20,000 South African women, of all races, marched on Pretoria's government buildings to protest the requirement for Blacks to carry passes to move around the country. The women came together, stood in silence for 30 minutes, sang a song and then left peacefully after depositing their petition. Today, the date of this dignified protest is marked as a national holiday honouring the achievements of South African women. I was keen to go to Cape Agulhas for the long weekend as I had not yet seen the southern-most tip of Africa. Lindsey searched and searched and eventually found somewhere on Airbnb in a town called Bredasdorp (but pronounced "Bredaahsdorp"), about 30km from Agulhas. We had planned to leave early to explore before getting to Bredasdorp but we ended up being detained by large ... read more
Arniston Sand Dune Flora
Kassiesbaai Cottages
Where the Oceans Meet

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Agulhas March 1st 2014

Stellenboch to L’Agulhas (144 miles)--Friday, February 28th Travelling on Highway R44 on the Whale Coast Drive (unfortunately the wrong time of year for the whales), after 82 km we turned onto R43 toward Hermanus. After about 22 km, we navigated the traffic circle and turned toward Stanford, a few more km and we turned onto Highway R316 toward Napier/Bredasdorp. We turned right at a sign for Cape Agulhas now on 319, and drove to the “Southernmost tip of Africa” where we looked at the rocks, the oceans (Indian on the left and Atlantic Ocean on right), and the lighthouse before driving a few km back to L’Agulhas Caravan Park for the night. Driving this route we travelled along the coast through small communities at first. We stopped in one small town at a ShopRite and ought ... read more
1402-139 A strange bird we couldn't ID
1402-140 Looking back toward Gordon's Bay
1402-141 Some nice homes across from the previous view

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Agulhas October 24th 2013

Verdens ende - Med Niels og Mette ved det berømte vartegn netop hvor det Indiske Ocean og Atlanterhavet mødes. Natur reservat, smukke muslinger, gammelt fyrtårn, forliste skibsvrag og meget barsk natur som vi begge blev meget fascineret af. - Næste gang vil vi bo inde i selve reservatet ! Vi var de eneste gæster paa en meget dyr Lodge (alt for dyr) Værelse med udsigt og med "candle-light" dinner for to - det hjalp sjovt nok lidt (altså på det med økonomien !).... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Agulhas September 6th 2013

After a great stay in Oudtshoorn I took the route 62 again and drove to Cape Aguhlas. All I knew about this place was that it's the Southernmost tip in Africa. It was on the way, so I thought "why not check it out"? The drive itself was amazing. After leaving Oudtshoorn, the road goes between and over mountains that are some of the most beautiful I've seen so far. So that was already a great start. That and the fact I really enjoy driving, especially if I have good music to drive with. Along route 62 I came across a peculiar place called "Ronnies Sex Shop". It's in the middle of nowhere and No, it's not an actual sex shop. The story behind this place is that a man named Ronnie put up a shop ... read more
Ronnies "Sex" Shop
Southernmost point of SA
Meishu Maru wreck, Cape Agulhas

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Agulhas September 27th 2012

Geo: -34.8277, 20.0052Today we were going on a road trip to Cape Agulhas, a rocky headland that divides two oceans. We took a leisurely drive there via inland roads and passed through small towns. Just before midday we arrived. We drove along the coast, past the lighthouse and stopped at the marker. Here we took the compulsory touristy photos. Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point of the African continent. When looking out to sea, to the left of us is the Indian Ocean and to the right is the Atlantic Ocean. This is where the two oceans meet. We had a little walk around. It was a windy, cold day and we didn't spend too much time out of the car. On the way back to Hermanus we stopped in a little town for lunch.Around mid ... read more
02 Little Car
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Agulhas August 26th 2012

Today is the beginning of our backpackers tour of the southern part of South Africa. We’ve called this our “safari” trip, although only one day will be spent doing traditional safari type activities. Officially, the tour is called “Cape to Addo”, and the online itinerary looked amazing. I’m pretty sure that this tour is what sold Yi Jiun on joining me for the beginning of my trip to South Africa. We signed up and received confirmation of our registration. After that, thought, we didn’t hear much else. We’ve pieced together some of the miscommunications, but as of the day before the tour, we didn’t know much more than what we had seen online when we booked. The online booking information indicated that we would be picked up between 7-8am, and it suggested that we would get ... read more
Tour bus

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Agulhas July 23rd 2012

It is a hot topic in South Africa the pros and cons of shark cage diving and even the use of burley or chum to lure the sharks in for documentaries is now a big no no since the surfer was taken off the coast close to a filming crew. For sure we can see both points of views here, having the burley in the water and a group of terrified tourists in a cage must to some degree get the shark’s thinking food when they see humans. People also say that it is interfering with nature and can have negative consequences and alter their behavior, just check out the baboons. But it is a big industry and brings a lot of income for the region, increases jobs and knowledge to tourist about the sharks showing ... read more
Magnificant Great White
In the cage

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Agulhas February 27th 2011

We stayed in Cape Agulhas for one night at a B & B. Cape Agulhas is the Southernmost point of Africa and is where the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean meet. We went to a harbor at a small fishing village called Struisbaai and saw a giant stingray from the pier (See pic). This area is very quiet and small and not commercialized. We are headed for Kommetjie and Cape Town next. ... read more
Southernmost point in Africa
The shore at the Southernmost point
Giant Stingray

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