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DAY TRIPS FROM STANFORD:

Napier, Bredasdorp and Cape Agulhas (Southern most point of Africa)


(About 250km Return) - Leave Stanford by going up Queen Victoria road towards the R43. Go straight across the R43 and carry on past the Birkenhead Brewery, past Klein River Cheese farm up Akkedis pass, past Boschrivier wines until you get the cross roads going to Caledon and Bredasdorp. Take the right turn R316 to Bredasdorp.

During the winter months you drive past fields and fields of green rolling wheat that seems to form waves when the wind blows.

Scenery as the N2 national road cuts through the Overberg

Splashes of bright yellow denote fields of ripe Canola.

Ganola fields in the Overberg
blue crane

In the summer great expanses of brown stubble wheat fields stretch across the rolling hills dotted with bales of chaff. You may see the elegant blue crane walking across the fields, raptors perched on poles waiting for an unsuspecting mouse to come out and eat the discarded wheat on the ground, flocks of doves or starlings or a few spur wing geese, maybe even a buck or two.

You crest one of the many hills and suddenly Napier lies before you. Napier was established in 1838 and named after the Governor of the Cape Sir George Napier. Two prominent families, the van der Byl's and van Breda's farmed in the area and could not agree where the community church should be built. The result was that two separate churches and villages were built with the one trying to outdo the other.

You will see the beautiful van der Byl built church further up the main street of Napier. The main road is full of little shops selling from antiques to lead glass to old books etc. This is a good place to have breakfast and just as you exit Napier there is a small farm stall on your right (Napier farm stall) that makes a mean breakfast.

Napier's DR Church
Napier breakfast spot

Bredasdorp, (named after you know whom) the bigger of the two towns is just 20km down the road. The tourism office will be able to direct you to the ship wreck museum. This is a fascinating place with relics of some of the many ships to have sunk along the rocky coastline of the Cape. There is also a museum at the church built by Mr Breda.

A must see is the Kapula Candle factory in the industrial area of Bredasdorp. Here you find candles of all shapes and sizes brightly painted by the local community. This is a perfect gift for someone back home.

Go back into the town and look for the signpost R316 to Struisbaai and Cape Agulhas. You cross the flat Agulhas plain which apparently was under water millions of years ago. Along this road you are bound to see an ostrich or two.

Struisbaai is a sprawling town built along the coast. On your way back from the lighthouse go to the small harbour for fish and chips.

L'Aghulhas. (French) At the end of the road you see the Agulhas light house.

Bredasdorp maritime museum
L'agulhas lighthouse
Southernmost point of Africa at L'Agulhas

Take the dirt road to the left to get to the most southern point of Africa. You need to park your car at the rather rocky parking area and walk along the boardwalk to reach the official southern point of Africa.

This is officially where the Atlantic, right, and Indian Oceans meet. Looking straight across the sea some 1000km away is the Antarctic with the roaring forties ocean, one of the most treacherous seas, in between.

Drive back to the lighthouse. This lighthouse is modelled on the Egyptian Faros lighthouse and was built in 1848 in an attempt to stop the many shipwrecks on this stretch of coast. Despite the lighthouse there are still many ships wrecked all along the coast. Climb the 71 narrow steps to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy the view.

Struisbaai harbour

After a visit to the harbour at Struisbaai perhaps for a plate of fish and chips, drive back to Stanford.

Basic map of L'Agulhas day trip

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