Yesterday, we drove from Hermanus to to the seaside community of Arniston, with a stop at Cape Agulhas. We didn't have any plan as to where we were spending the night. But we figured something would come together. And it did!
We said goodbye to our couchsurfing hosts Celeste and Greg. Thanks for hosting us!
Kevin, Ruth, Celeste, Greg, Josephine (the dog!) and Milan (Celeste's cousin's son).
Celeste had suggested that we make a worthwhile detour to the seaside village of Arniston. She said it's a pretty little place full of holiday cottages. We didn't have a plan, so figured we would stop in and see what it was like.
Yesterday's drive 179 kms (111 miles).
(A) Hermanus (B) Cape Agulhas, the most southern point in Africa, and (C) Arniston.
We could have driven the easy route, but we thought we'd try for something more scenic again. Wrong guess this time. Turns out that we should have stuck to the paved road that goes through Napier and Bredasdorp. The route we took included some dusty dirt roads that simply weren't worth it. Oh well.
We made it down to Cape Agulhas. It's a rocky shoreline that has claimed a lot of shipwrecks.
We thought about staying at Cape Agulhas, and we probably could have got a place pretty cheap. High season ended when the kids here went back to school January 15th, so things are actually looking a little empty. Quite a few self catering and cottages with signs advertising for rent.
We found the lighthouse, and a boardwalk that led us to the monument that marks the point.
At the tip of Africa!
The Cape Agulhas lighthouse. We could have paid R22 ($2.35) each to see their museum and climb to the top, but we weren't that interested.
We decided to carry on to Arniston. If it was as pretty as Celeste had said it was, we wouldn't regret it. And even though we didn't know where we were staying, I was fairly confident that we would find a place now that high season was over and it was mid week.
Arniston has a very pretty beach. And the sea is almost a Caribbean Sea color!
We stopped at three different places and asked about accommodation. Yes, they had availability, but their smaller units were taken and they wanted R750 ($79.50) a night for the larger ones. We didn't need that, so we stopped at the next place. She wanted R580 ($61.50) a night, and the room was very nice, but it didn't come with enough of a kitchen and we wanted to make our own meals.
The next one we stopped at wanted R600 ($63.50) a night, and it sounded perfect. So we took it!
Not bad for $63.50 a night. Suits us just fine!
And our balcony had a bit of an ocean view.
We went for a late afternoon walk. Lots of white sand and ocean views.
Us, at Arniston beach.
Ruth, with her feet in the Indian Ocean! She says it's a little warmer than when we went shark cage diving!
However, speaking of sharks...I'm not sure we'll do any swimming here!