Arniston - Penultimate Part of our Amazing Holiday in South Africa

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Arniston - Penultimate Part of our Amazing Holiday in South Africa

Our next journey by car was to Arniston, which is a beautiful seaside retreat close to the most southern tip of Africa.

We did not have a sea facing room at our hotel and had instead booked facing the swimming pool - but the front facing rooms have a view of the sea, the colour of which one is unprepared for, and a spectacular azure blue colour.

The name of Arniston is derived from a shipwreck in the year 1815, as such was the name of the ship which ran ashore and sank whilst carrying wounded soldiers from Ceylon to Cape Town.  Sadly only 6 of the 378 passengers survived.


Arniston is about a 2 hour drive from Cape Town and thus easily accessed by those who live there, and who seek even just "a weekend away".


At the edge of Arniston there is the small fishing village of Kassiebaai, the thatched, sandstone cottages have retained their quaintness of the last 200 years, and when one stays at the hotel a fresh meal can be provided by one of the wives of the fishermen.  One can also visit the Kassiebaai craft shop.


Each year, from June to November, visitors can happily view the whales as they make their way to Arniston.
We ventured to Cape Agulhas in order to view the Lighthouse, which was built of necessity in 1848, at the southernmost tip of Africa, and is the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa.  This was declared a national monument in 1973.


Many artists are attracted to the beauty of the surrounds of Arniston, the white beaches and sand dunes.  There are two nature reserves - De Hoop - and De Mond which is between Arniston and Struissbai.


After our stay at Arniston we were approaching the last part of our holiday, and had made no further booking.  As we had experienced such incredible scenery during our sojourn, we were determined that our last stop would be something very special, and it certainly proved to be so ~~~~~ (to be continued)



Written and contributed by Janet Gallagher