Just outside the popular fishing village of Struisbaai, the entrance to the little town of L’Agulhas is guarded by Spookdraai, or Ghost Corner. This is the starting point of a hiking trail that explores fynbos, birdlife and historical points of interest along this stunning section of the southern Cape coast.
The Meisho Maru may not be the most historically significant wreck along the southern Cape coastline, but it’s photogenically rusty and conveniently close inshore for those without telephoto lenses that cost about the same as a small car. To see it, hike the Rasperpunt Trail in Agulhas National Park, which also shows off some Stone Age fish traps and plants.
If you think you’re adventurous when you go 4x4ing through Botswana or climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro, think again. As we discover when we visit the Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp, the true adventurers were sea explorers of yesteryear who braved one of the most challenging sea crossings of their time: the Atlantic-Indian Ocean crossing via Cape Agulhas.
There’s something hugely romantic about lighthouses. Think ghostly lights shining through the swirling mist, brave men in small boats pitting themselves against raging seas, and lonely outposts with only the wind and gulls for company.
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