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Agulhas Country Lodge

Posted on Thu August 8, 2019 in CRC Members.

Cape Agulhas is the southernmost town in Africa and is the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Its main attraction is of course the southernmost tip of Africa and the second oldest working light house.

The Lodge was built 22 years ago from local limestone and antique windows and doors, salvaged from an 1888 asbestos mine in the Kalahari.  It is owner run by Sue and Phil Fenwick, who are the original owners.

Sue is a self- taught cook and has trained local women who previously had no hospitality experience, to develop great skills and they take immense pride in being part of the lodge.  The restaurant has a romantic setting, tables decked out in crystal, Carol Boyes cutlery and white linen with sea views all around and log fires in winter.  The set menu changes daily and the emphasis is to serve delicious, honest and local fare served by our friendly staff, many have been at the lodge for years.  Small intimate weddings can be arranged.

There is an aviation/maritime theme in the bar (Phil is a retired helicopter pilot), an enclosed balcony from where you can watch the whales in winter, a cigar lounge, TV room and small lounge adjacent to the bar.  Free wi-fi is available.

The rooms (all en suite) are elegantly furnished with original Cape cottage antiques, all have sea views from the balconies, two have Jacuzzi baths and double showers and TV’s with DSTV and aircons.

Bordering on the warm Indian Ocean, there are safe sandy white beaches for swimming and an historic “soldiers’” tidal pool walking distance from the lodge.  The village and light house are a short walk and there is a “Ghost walking trail’ which starts at the lodge.  Bird and fynbos enthusiasts will not be disappointed.

The picturesque harbour in Struisbaai and the Struisbaai beach (longest uninterrupted white beach in Southern Africa) which has recently been awarded Blue Flag status, is well worth a visit.

There are several boardwalks both in Struisbaai and from the lighthouse towards the southernmost tip and further on towards Suiderstrand which offers a shipwreck on the rocks and unbelievably beautiful sunsets.   For the energetic, take a drive to Suiderstrand parking area and walk to the “lagoon” on the coast which is in the National Park.  Several rare bird species can be seen along the way, including a healthy population of the Black African Oyster Catcher.

The visit to Agulhas is meant to be a restful, stress free experience to which the beautiful natural surrounds are complimented by the relaxed atmosphere of the lodge.