Days 8 – 9: Struisbaai
Distance: 112 km /70 miles
Located at the southernmost point of Africa, the Agulhas National Park is set in a mysterious, breathtakingly beautiful area. This windswept, rugged coastal plain in the very south of Africa offers more than stunning surroundings. Depending on who you talk to, Struisbaai is either named after its thatch-roofed fisherman’s cottages, the many ostriches in the area or its incredibly long, white, sandy beach. In reality, all of these attractions characterise the area. The beach in particular is a landmark in the region and is arguably the longest, uninterrupted, white sandy beach in the Southern Hemisphere.
A trip to the Cape Agulhas is a must for many people as it’s officially where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. The historic red and white Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is the only one of its kind in Africa and the climb to the top is well worth the 71 step climb.
Days 10 – 11: Mossel Bay
Distance: 270 km / 169 miles
Set along the idyllic Garden Route on South Africa’s spectacularly scenic coastline, the port town of Mossel Bay has grown impressively from its days as a little fishing village. Visitors can enjoy an array of other wonderful activities including visiting the 19th-century Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse, sampling local cuisine, as well as enjoying 4x4 excursions, swimming, hiking, and kayaking, although the large bay, edged by long, gorgeous sandy beaches lapped by warm Indian Ocean waves, is still the primary drawcard for many visitors.
Days 12 – 13: Oudtshoorn
Distance: 86 km / 54 miles
Located along the well-known Route 62 in South Africa’s beautiful Klein Karoo, the charming town of Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital of the world. It is surrounded by numerous ostrich farms and the golden arid landscape of the Karoo. Visitors can enjoy the locally produced wine and port; sample ostrich meat and biltong; learn about the ostrich feather boom at the C.P. Nel Museum. Included is a visit to the world-renowned Cango Caves, the largest cave system in Africa featuring ancient rock formations and sparkling stalactites and stalagmites. A traditional Karoo dinner cooked on open fires is also included during your stay in Oudtshoorn.
Days 14: Carnarvon
Distance: 364 km / 228 miles
Departing from Oudtshoorn, leave the Western Cape Province behind and make your way to the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. An overnight stop is included in the town of Carnarvon to break the significant journey en route to Augrabies Falls. Tonight’s stay will be at the Lord Carnarvon Guest House which dates back to 1886. This Karoo house has been restored to its former glory, with a mixture of modern facilities and Karoo antiques, it has lots of character and evokes memories of a bygone era of Karoo grandeur, and will make a nice break from sleeping in a motorhome.