Strand / Hermanus/ L’Agulhas R44 & 43


The route from Strand to Struisbaai via Clarence Drive, Hermanus, Stanford, and Gansbaai offers stunning coastal scenery and passes through several picturesque towns along the way.

Begin your journey in Strand, a coastal town located approximately 50 kilometers southeast of Cape Town. From Strand, head eastward on the R44.

Clarence Drive is a scenic coastal road, also known as the R44, offers breathtaking views of False Bay and the Kogelberg Mountains. As you drive along Clarence Drive, you’ll pass through coastal cliffs, pristine beaches, and charming seaside villages.

After about 30 kilometers on Clarence Drive, you’ll arrive in Hermanus, renowned for its whale-watching opportunities. Take some time to explore this coastal gem, known for its scenic beauty, whale-watching spots, and vibrant arts scene.

From Hermanus, continue southeast on the R43 towards Stanford. This quaint village is famous for its Cape Dutch architecture, art galleries, and wine estates. Consider stopping for a meal or a stroll through the historic streets.

After leaving Stanford, continue on the R43 towards Gansbaai, a fishing village known for its shark cage diving and whale watching excursions. Gansbaai is also a great place to sample fresh seafood and experience the laid-back coastal atmosphere.

Continue on the R43 until you reach Struisbaai, located at the southernmost tip of Africa. This coastal town is famous for its picturesque harbor, white sandy beaches, and the nearby Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. Take some time to relax by the sea and explore the natural beauty of the area.

Finally, continue south from Struisbaai along the R319 until you reach L’Agulhas, the southernmost town in Africa. Visit the iconic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, and take a walk along the rugged coastline of the Agulhas National Park.

Remember to check road conditions and allow plenty of time for the journey, as you’ll want to take in the stunning coastal vistas and perhaps make some stops along the way to fully appreciate the beauty of the Western Cape region.

STAYenRoute have identified the following towns and places of  “personalized accommodation” options on this Route.


Rooi Els





Pearly Beach






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