Struisbaai and Agulhas is situated in the southernmost region of
South Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet and Struisbaai
is situated just four kilometers from Cape L'Agulhus. The two towns
can easily be mistaken as one.
Struisbaai is well known for its long 14km uninterrupted white
beach which is very safe for a walk and swimming. The Struisbaai
harbour often is a good inspiration for artists and photographers.
This area is also well-known for its angling and fishing, and if
you are an early bird, you will see masses of red bait which washed
ashore during the night lyaing on the beach. This is a good bait
if you want to catch South Africa's national fish, the Galjoen.
There is some debate as to the origin of the name Struisbaai. Some
authorities believe that it means Straw Bay, after the fishermens
cottages that were originally built of straw.
Others claim the name Struisbaai is derived from the Dutch vogelstruijs
or ostrich. The low shrub-covered terrain bordering the sandy coast
is certainly ostrich country and there are a good number of these
giant birds sharing the land with dairy cattle and merino sheep.
Still others say that the town is named for the size of its beach
- from an old Dutch word for huge.
The water is crystal clear and its brilliant colour is exaggerated
by the colourful boats which reside in the harbour. There is a lovely
little seafood restaurant at the harbour where you can dine on some
freshly caught fish whilst watching the picturesque scene of the
locals bartering with fishermen for their daily catch.
There is also remains of ancient stone fish traps used by the Khoisan
people, which were made by packing layers of rocks around shallower
pools in which fish were then trapped and collected during the different
Southern Right whales visit from June to December to calve and
The ocean is rich in scuba diving wrecks with many to choose from.
Various artefacts collected from the wrecked ships along this coastline
have been placed in the Shipwreck museum in Breadasdorp.
How to get there
From Cape Town take the N2 towards George for +- 120km turn of right
into Caledon drive through Caledon towards Napier after +- 75km
drive straight through Napier for +- 15km into Bredasdorp at the
fourth stop street in Bredasdorp accross the Police station take
a right and carry straight on +- 30 km to Struisbaai.