is a coastal village boasting with the
longest continuous stretch of white sand
coastline in the Southern Hemisphere.
together with its neighbouring communities
of Hotagterklip and Molshoop makes up
a sizeable collection of holiday homes
spread along the sandy shore north-east
of Cape Aghulhas.
There is some debate as to the origin
of the name Struisbaai.
Some authorities believe that it means
'strawbay' and it earned this name by
the fishermen's cottages that were originally
built of straw. Others claim the name
is derived from the Dutch vogelstruijs
or 'ostrich'. The low shrub-covered terrain
bordering the sandy coast is certainly
ostrich country and you will still see
a good number of these giant birds sharing
the land with dairy cattle and merino
sheep. According to legend, Struisbaai
is named for the size of its beach - an
old Nederland word for "huge".
The fishermen's cottages at Hotagterklip
(left rear stone) have been declared national
monuments. They are often featured in
the paintings of many South African artists.
The unusual name of this little place
comes from the days of the first wagon
track, when a stone outcrop imposed a
sharp detour on all travelers. Most of
the old cottages were allowed to fall
into ruin, until recently when the original
cottages have been expertly restored.
A tarmac road continues along the coast
for 8 km and then ends at the village,
holiday resort and lighthouse at the most
southerly point of Africa
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