Hermanus to Struis Bay
If I thought yesterday was bad, then I must have been kidding myself. It’s 60km’s winds today, yup, that’s right – 60KMS!! So, overall today was going to be a tricky day and the plans we had of lazing around in Struis Bay being beach bums is out the window.
We researched things to do on the way to Struis Bay and as we left Hermanus we drove to this ‘amazing, indigenous’ forest located over an hour away called Platbos. Google ranked it as one of the best things to do and I now no longer trust google in the slightest. I won’t go into too much detail about this forest, but I will say, it took us so far down a gravel, sandy road in the middle of nowhere and it’s awful. We walked for about 15 minutes into the forest when we both looked at each other and just sighed - this will be the place we get murdered. It was just horrible. We were the only ones there and the path was next to non-existent and very easy to lose your way, so we swiftly turned around.
Grabbing a packed lunch, we made our way to where we were staying tonight – Struis Bay. We finally found the perfect lunch spot and munched down on beautiful rolls from the bakery (60C each) before heading to Cape Agulas. This is the furthest Southern point in Africa and is also famous for being the place where you can put your one foot in the Indian Ocean and the other in the Atlantic Ocean – at the same time. What a goose bump moment, right? Turning our back on the land, looking out over the ocean and knowing that the entire African continent is lying behind us! Perfect – what a Bucketlist ticker!
I would say It’s a must-do at least once in your life: visiting the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas. However, I feel the weather spoilt it slightly, it was just so goddam windy! Make sure if you do come down though, to park at the Lighthouse and walk to the point – the boardwalk is great and you can spot Hummingbirds and tortoises along the way.
The town here is perfect, it’s interesting, full of nice bars and restaurants as well as pretty much every house here is a mansion! Obviously, it’s an expensive area I reckon, but the biggest downside to this town is their supermarket. It sucks! Never go to OK Supermarket as it’s just total shit. Treat yourself to dinner out…we wish we had.
Mosselbay tomorrow for more hiking, I can’t wait!
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Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!