I have been holidaying in Aghulhas for 37 years, Often take the boat out from Aghulhas and go past the lighthouse , towards Blougansie , Suiderstrand areas. It's really treacherous waters and one can imagine having had to sail around these waters in the olden days in ships that were'nt that manuverable and not that well equiped with todays technology. Viewed from the ocean the jagged rocks really do resemble needles and the waters of the Cape of Good Hope always beckoned a lot if fear with the old sailors. The cross currents have over millenia shaped these rocks into these unique shapes and forms, which due to the geology of the area , is quite unique. This along with its vegetation of Renosterveld , fynbos component makes it even more unique in the world.
What is interesting to note about the area , is that it was severly depleted of its beautiful indigenous forest , for that matter all of our Southern coastal belt. I have seen photographs of Aghulhas of the early 1900's and the landscape has changed completly - this due to Agriculture and forestry practices. When one studies the mileons of tons of treestumps that were drifted down the Breederivier one gets a rough idea how much damage had been done.
Nevertheless , it remains one of the most beautiful and interesting places as far as ecology , people , history and our coast is concerned. Only a few remnants of the formerly abundant Milkwoods in Aghulhas has unfortuanatly remained.
Well done to Sanparks for doing an excellent job in the area.
Thanks / Cheers
(ps. The magnetic declination varies considerably around the Aghulhas area every year - and the compass sometimes behaves quite eratic , sometimes daily - Furthermore the lie of the land , because it makes a point out to sea , makes keeping track of where you are at sea sometimes quite dangerous if you do not know the area , currents and sea in the area. I once had to put out anchor and wait out the morning mist in the Suiderstrand area when we went looking for geelbek there. Ja , so unless you really know the area and sea well , dont attempt stuffing around at sea there) ppss - It is sad that areas that locals and holidaymakers retreated to and could enjoy for years wil be taken up by the campsite , but considering the enormity and success by which Sanparks have managed to restore some other areas that were really badly overgrown with aliens , back to pristine veld , certainly gives them my go-ahead on their plans . Closing down unsightly little two-track spore and general cleanlines (less rubish next to the roads and high water mark in the areas have also improved greatly) Also the removal of old fences etc etc... As long as they give us locals a little discount then it will be cool!!!