South Africa - Western Cape. November 2022

3. Cape Agulhas, Struisbaai, Shipwreck Museum

From Simon's Town we followed the coast road via Pringle Bay, Kleinmond and Hermanus - where we had some lunch - before heading inland, passing Napier and Bredasdorp on our way to the accomodation we'd booked in Struisbaai for a couple of nights so that we could visit Cape Agulhas.  In Napier we managed to locate Kevin Doveton, who we'd met a few years ago, and had another look around his workshop.

 Kleinmond harbour.

 Kevin and Kevin.

Cape Agulhas

 This is the most southerly point of Africa and is where the indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.     

 The small town of L'Agulhas with the lighthouse just about visible.

 Cape Agulhas lighthouse.

David, Kevin and I went up to the top of the lighthouse.

 Looking SW towards Cape Agulhas.

We had parked near the lighthouse and then walked along the boardwalk to Cape Agulhas. 

 Cape Agulhas.

 The Map of Africa Monument - it's 30m in diameter.  

We then walked a bit further along the coastal path - we were very lucky with the weather as there was hardly any wind, more often that not it's very windy, hence the lack of trees and shrubs along the coast.

The track along the coast.

 One of many rock pools.

Some hardy shrubs and flowers along the coastal path and a cormorant posing on a rock. 

David and I enjoyed looking in some of the rock pools.

 We then drove a bit further along the coast to the Meisho Maru Shipwreck, a Japanese fishing vessel that ran aground in 1982.  Along the way we saw a tortoise crossing the road.


After lunch at a restaurant in Struisbaai we drove to the harbour and had a walk.  There are some lovely sandy beaches backed by dunes in Struisbaai,  very different to nearby Cape Agulhas!

Shipwreck Museum

 On our way to Reebok we visited the Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp which has maps and details of many shipwrecks which floundered along the Cape’s tumultuous coast.  A variety of artefacts from the wrecks are also on display.   Other rooms and buildings display information about Bredasdorp so it is, in fact, more than just a shipwreck museum - very interesting.

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