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Hotagterklip cottage, Struisbaai (1st of a series)

The fishermen's cottages at Hotagterklip 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.

Struisbaai is a coastal village boasting with the longest continuous stretch of white sand coastline in the Southern Hemisphere.
Struisbaai, 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 Struisbaai 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".

A tarmac road continues along the coast beyond Struisbaai for 8 km and then ends at the village, holiday resort and lighthouse at the most southerly point of Africa… L'Aghulhas or Cape Agulhas as it is known in English.

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