Weekend at Agulhas National Park

As if I haven’t been spoilt enough with overseas travel and being whisked away for a romantic reunion, I found myself off on another lovely weekend with my amazing husband.   My school rented our house in Struisbaai for the Prefects’ Leadership training and needed someone to help with the fishing activity.  We have always wanted to check out Agulhas National Park Rest camp so Earl volunteered to do the fishing with the kids and we booked into the rest camp.

We left home at 10 to 3 and had a pleasant drive arriving just before six.  We booked in at the Sanparks office in Agulhas and then dropped the trailer off at our house in Struisbaai, said Hi to the teachers and boys staying there and then got Pizza from a a local plekkie in Struisbaai and headed to Suiderstrand where the Rest Camp is located.

The Pizza Place

The Pizza Place

The keys were waiting for us at the gate which is manned 24/7.  It was dark when we arrived and very cold.   We quickly unpacked and then enjoyed our pizzas before snuggling into our lovely big warm bed.  No electric blanket but there was a heater!

Suiderstrand is about 10km from the Agulhas Light House.  Accommodation comprises four two-bed and four four-bed self-catering chalets. Our two bed thatched wooden chalet was stunning. The kitchen was fully equipped with a microwave oven and two plate electric cooker.  The fridge was big and there was little need to bring anything from home.   It had a lovely fireplace and a weber for braaing.

The living area

The living area

Cosy Bedroom

Cosy Bedroom

Front Deck

Front Deck

The view was amazing.   The weather was very cold and windy on Saturday but on Sunday it was still and sunny and we took a long walk along the pristine beach and then back through the fynbos.

On Saturday afternoon we went to Struisbaai and Earl did the fishing activity with the prefects on the beach.  It was windy but the kids did not seem to mind.  They had a wonderful time and one team caught a smooth hound shark which caused great excitement.

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Earl Mentoring the next generation

The smooth hound shark

The smooth hound shark

On Saturday evening Earl cooked a chicken in the Weber with sweet potatoes and lots of lovely vegetables.  Dessert was nougat and rooibos tea in bed!  In spite of having a fire it was freezing!

As I mentioned before Sunday was a stunning day – isn’t that typical – the day you need to leave is the day the weather improves!  But it did give us a taste of what it can be like at this resort in good weather.

Shells on the beach

Shells on the beach

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Unspoilt Pristine Beach

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Perfect Day

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Enjoying the sunshine

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white-fronted plover

Karoo Prinia

Karoo Prinia

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Double Collared Sunbird singing

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Showing his yellow epaulettes beautifully

View towards the chalets

View towards the chalets

 

At 11 o’clock we drove to Struisbaai to collect the trailer.  On the way we net up with this black shouldered kite.

Black-shouldered kite

Black-shouldered kite

We stopped at Peregrine Farm Stall for coffee and croissants along with many others out on this beautiful Sunday afternoon

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To end a perfect weekend we took ourselves off to Just Sushi for supper – Excellent as always!

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