Arniston is small seaside settlement in the Overberg region on the Cape South coast, close to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. Prior to the loss of the Arniston, it was known as Waenhuiskrans, an Afrikaans name meaning literally “Wagon house cliff”, after a local sea cave large enough to accommodate a wagon and a span of oxen.
- Enjoy a bite to eat at The Arniston Spa Hotel
- Visit Kassiesbaai
- Explore the cave
- Relax on the beach
- Nacht Wacht Restaurant (12km from Arniston)
Bredasdorp town is located in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, and the main economic and service hub of the region. It lies on the northern edge of the Agulhas Plain, south-east of Cape Town and 35 kilometres north of Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa.
- The Foot of Africa Marathon yearly in early October.
- The town has a museum dedicated to the shipwreck of the Arniston, which is well worth a visit.
- The Merino Statue, located at the entrance to the Bredasdorp/Napier Co-operative, was erected in honour of the merino sheep which brought fame to this area, due to careful breeding by Michiel van Breda on his historic farm, Zoetendals Vallei, early in the 1900s.
- The Heuningberg Nature Reserve is open to the public and views can be enjoyed of this rich fauna and flora area.
- Visit Kapula candles, Julian’s Ceramics, have a coffee in the square or visit our shops
- Local banks
DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE
De Hoop Nature Reserve is approximately 34 000 ha in size and one of the largest natural areas managed by Cape Nature. It is a favourite destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and during the winter and early summer months, whale watchers.
DE MOND NATURE RESERVE
The reserve lies at the mouth of the Heuningnes River, between the coastal villages of Arniston (Waenhuiskrans) and Struisbaai. De Mond is 954 ha in size, and comprises former sections of the farms Zoetendals Vallei and Bushy Park. It was proclaimed a nature reserve in 1986.
L’Agulhas is the southernmost town in Africa and the closest to the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans officially meet. Early Portuguese seafarers rounding this dangerous cape christened it Golfo de Agulhas (Gulf of Needles). Later, due to French influence, the name underwent a further change and the town subsequently became known as L’Agulhas.
The windswept, ruggedly beautiful Agulhas Plain lays claim to the developing Agulhas National Park, which is host to more than 1 750 botanical species. The coastline supports a rich marine and intertidal life, with breeding sites of rare birds such as the African Black Oystercatcher, and Southern Right whales can be seen at play in spring and early summer.
The country’s second oldest working lighthouse was built here in 1848 in the Pharaohs style.
The water around the shoreline here is very shallow and Cape Agulhas is known to have one of the best fishing grounds in South Africa. L’Agulhas also has several hiking trails, and there are also tidal pools and rock pools for swimming.
- Wine Boutique – come taste our local wines
- Visit the lighthouse
- The most Southern Cafe- petrol, gas and all your grocery needs
- Seagulls Restaurant: upper deck to eat and drink
- Zuidste Kaap- traditional food
- Agulhas Fisheries: fish take outs
- Twisted Fork – pub and awesome food
- De Hub Interior
- Potpourri – gifts and food
- Art Gallery
The quaint little village of Elim, situated halfway between Gansbaai and Bredasdorp is the oldest village in the Strandveld.
On entering Elim, the visitor is welcomed by fruit trees, fynbos, and the charm of the historic whitewashed cottages. Most of these buildings date back to the nineteenth century. All roads in Elim lead to the beautiful Moravian Mission Church.
As you walk through Elim’s narrow streets, be sure to visit the local heritage centre where you will glean further information about the town’s history. Of further interest is the village’s restored corn mill, built in 1828, which has the largest wooden water wheel in the country – and in the same complex is a small restaurant where visitors can en joy tea, coffee or lunch.
The entire village of Elim has been declared a national heritage site.
Napier lies at the foot of the Soetmuisberg and is surrounding by rolling wheat and barley fields. Established in 1838, this beautiful little town still contains much of its old world charm. It is also fast gaining a reputation as an artists’ community, and plays host to numerous cultural events.
With its narrow streets and quaint architecture, Napier is a town with great charm. Along the Main Road you will find many restaurants, galleries, and a host of interesting collectors’ shops including the Toy Museum. Other activities comprise horse riding, hiking (Grootberg Trail) and tractor rides. The countryside around Napier supports rare species of fynbos, and an abundance of bird life, including flocks of South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane, that can be seen in the fields around the town.
The town is an old fishing village which has a beautiful natural harbour. Many fishermen still reside in this settlement but it is now known better for its leisure activities, which include fishing, horse-riding, hiking, diving or just enjoying our unspoilt longest natural beach in the Southern Hemisphere which stretches for a total of fourteen kilometers.
- Struisbaai Harbour: see our stingrays, fish on the harbour wall or have a drink and bite to eat at Pelicans Harbour Café.
- Robbie’s Surfing Lessons
- Bella Luna: best pizzas
- Bistro on main: traditional food
- Pelicans Harbour Café: Best seafood and beautiful views of the harbour
- The Michael Collins – Irish Pub – Best Guinness pie
- Fish & More – Fresh fish and take out
- Southbound – Worth a visit
- Gold and gifts and more shops to browse around
- Fraser’s Folly – locally brewed beer
- Jikel – everything crochet
The small village of Suiderstrand is located just 5kms west of the southern tip, on the Atlantic Ocean side. Completely surrounded by the Agulhas National Park and the ocean, this village is a nature lover’s paradise. Coastal walks and hikes through the National Park rewards the visitor with superb views, pristine beaches, pebble bays, rock pools and a unique marine lagoon.
- Strandveld Vineyards
- Black Oystercatcher
- Hidden Valley Wines
- The Berrio
- Zoetendal Wines
- Jean Daneel Wines