Agdan is situated in Arniston which is a small seaside settlement in the Overberg region on the Cape South coast, close to Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa. Prior to the shipwreck of the Arniston, it was known as Waenhuiskrans, an Afrikaans name meaning literally “Wagon house cliff”, after a local sea cave large enough to park a wagon and a span of oxen in.
At first Arniston was only a fishing community, and has now become a renowned holiday destination, close to the Southernmost tip of Africa- Cape Aghullas. The fishing village (Kassiesbaai), recognisable for its lime-washed and thatched houses, remains intact and has been declared a National Monument in its entirety. Fishermen still take the original style boats out, although now under contract. Whale watching is a popular seaside tourist activity. The Arniston Hotel is a popular tourist destination that looks out over the ocean.
The closest major town is Bredasdorp, 24km to the north. The Overberg Test Range is situated adjacent to the town.
Arniston has resisted all efforts by developers to expand the town and remains true to it’s roots as a small and safe holiday destination untainted by large scale growth and development. Great walks, scenic views from Agdan and an unhurried pace of life ensure that your holiday will be special and make you want to return again and again.
Agdan is a family owned Beach Cottage that is right on the beach with easy access and presents an ideal self catering environment for large or two families.
Agdan has been in the same family since the 1920’s and is named for the first names of the Matriarch and Patriarch of the family: Agnes and Daniel.
It was only in the 1990’s that electricity was finally installed to the home – a sad occasion for many as the excitement of gas fired geysers, stoves and fridges along with paraffin lamps were seen as essential to the charm.
The original Nanny to Agnes and Daniel’s children after living in an old age home courtesy of the family trust had her remains interred along with those of Agnes in the Bredasdorp burial ground – testament to the great people who have inhabited this warm and friendly family holiday home.
Your days at Agdan will be spent on the beach and viewing the whales gamboling almost within reach from the verandah, fishing, picking mussels and oysters off of the rocks, spearing octopus and negotiating with fishermen.
The following whales have been recorded in the region of Arniston: Bryde’s whale, Long-finned pilot whale, Minke whale, Pygmy right whale, Pygmy sperm whale, Southern right whale and True’s beaked whale.
Close to Arniston are:
- Kassiesbaai – Have a traditional meal in one of the fisherman’s cottages. Reservations essential. Book at the Arniston Hotel.
- Visit the southernmost tip of Africa and the Cape Agulhas lighthouse. Have lunch at the lighthouse or at one of the many restaurants in the L’Agulhas/Struisbaai area.
- Visit the historical town of Elim and take a stroll around the old Moravian church.
- Stroll through the village of Napier with it’s restored original 19th century buildings. Visit Rose boats and toy museum.
- Bredasdorp, which is the closet town to Arniston, has various shops, banks and fuel stations.
- Visit the shipwreck museum.
- Walk up the Heuningberg.
- Browse in the gift/curio shops and have lunch at one of the many coffee shops.
Nearby nature reserves
- Pack a picnic basket and spend the day at De Hoop Nature reserve.
- Koppie Alleen is a great site for land based whale-watching.
- Visit De Mond nature reserve. Take a picnic basket.
Restaurants in and around Arniston
- The Arniston Hotel restaurant – restaurant and full bar.
- De Herberg (2km outside Arniston) – conference centre, restaurant and full bar.
- Casa do Sol (6km outside Arniston) – Afro-Portuguese cuisine – not licensed (take own drinks) – reservations essential.
- Willene’s – in Kassiesbaai – open daytime for light meals