According to Xplorio, It is still debated whether the origin of Struisbaai's name came from the straw roofs of the Cape Dutch houses, (“strooi” in Afrikaans) the ostriches (“struisvogel” in Dutch) that used to roam here or whether it’s derived from the old Dutch word meaning “huge” for the long stretches of beach.
We like to believe the latter as Struisbaai boasts the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere - measuring a whopping 14 kilometres! This makes Striusbaai perfect for those who love long beach walks or runs. The clean, white beach with clear, turquoise waters is safe for swimming which makes it perfect for small children and the ideal family escape.
At the harbour during the early evening, take a walk along the pier to view all sorts of marine life like stingrays and small fish. Dolphins, whales and seals have also been spotted.
If you like to experience new things on holiday, why not try a deep sea fishing adventure?
For the water babies, you can rent a SUP or kayak and take a trip out on the ocean. Struisbaai also has a popular surfing spot just passed the harbour and boards are available to rent.
A number of restaurants, cafes and pop-up food shops are dotted around this charming town. Knot 55 is a delightful place for dinner, lunch and sundowners.
Pelicans is a local bar and restaurant offering pub lunches and an amazing view of the bay.
There’s also a daily market from 8:00 - 18:00 which provides a charming shopping experience.
If you're looking for a bit of a vibe or to meet locals and other holiday goers, Sea Shack Restaurant is a great spot for a sundowner.
* Visit Cape Agulhas and see the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
* Explore the historical Kassiesbaai Fishing Village
* Agulhas Beach
* Suiderstrand Beach
* Sterna Hiking Trail
* De Mond Nature Reserve
* Visit numerous art exhibitions and support local artists
The oceans around Cape Town are heavily polluted with a variety of chemicals and pharmaceuticals that are now being found in the flesh of fish being caught. Fish found in waters off Kalk Bay have been found to contain everything from antibiotics and pain killers to cleaning chemicals and other toxic substances with at least 15 different chemical compounds being found in alarming numbers.
It is always good news to hear about declining levels of poaching of any kind. For decades the Niassa Reserve in Mozambique was one of the top spots for illegal elephant ivory poaching. We are elated to report the good news that this once “ivory factory” has not seen a single elephant killed since 2018.
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