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Re: Agulhas National Park

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Hi Nelia,

I don't have the map location for you but am sure you would enjoy reading more about the Renosterkop cottages in Caracal's and Buglette's trip reports.

Wishing you a wonderful stay there :D
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Aghulus at Xmas 2013

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We're thinking of hiring a few cottages for a large family Xmas this year about 12 people - can anyone advise if the cottages are close to the beach, how far from civilization and which are the best ones to try to get?

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Re: Aghulus at Xmas 2013

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JLC
There are several types of accommodation
The one is chalets which are on the beach front. Modern and really look nice
We stayed at some refurbished housies that are a short way from the beach and there are three. really thick walled Old farm houses .they are behind a gate to which only the residents have a key .. very quiet and lovely . The beach can be reached by car along a dust road and my what a beach!! secluded plenty place to walk .
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Re: Aghulus at Xmas 2013

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The Agulhas Restcamp with 8 chalets sleeping 24, is right on the beach to the west of the Southern Tip and the village Suiderstrand; 7km from L'Agulhas village with the shops, etc. Two types of cottages - 4 family chalets (two bedrooms) and 4 single chalets (one bedroom); fully equipped. All look the same with a sea view.
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Re: Aghulus at Xmas 2013

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Another option of accommodation in the Agulhas Rest camp is Lagoon House. This house was built in 1898 by the Albertyn family of the Zeekoeivlei farm. Before that the local farmers usually came to this specific spot for Christmas camping holidays. Think ox or horse-drawn wagons through thick sand. Mrs Albertyn at the time dearly loved this spot and her husband decided to buy a few hectares and to build a house for her as an anniversary present. She was busy reading Blue Lagoon and since this area looked like a scene from the book, she decided to call it The Lagoon. Nearer to the sea and beach you will never find again. Sleeps 8, 4 rooms of which 2 is en-suite. The anglers of the area call it Pietie se Huis or Pietie se Punt, Pietie being Mr Albertyn.
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Re: Agulhas National Park

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Is Rietfontein open to the public yet? I find no links to it on the booking page.
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Re: Agulhas National Park

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Rietfontein is open and for reservations for Rietfontein, you have to contact the Agulhas NP, Bizan.
Contact info on this page.
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New chalets launched at Agulhas National Park

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SANParks has launched seven brand new chalets in the Agulhas National Park, on Friday, 5 December 2014. This is in addition to eight chalets built initially, bringing the total tourist accommodation offering in the Agulhas National Park Rest Camp to 51 beds.

This is according to SANParks General Manager: Infrastructure & Special Projects, Antionet van Wyk, who says “this development together with the construction of a new entrance gate as well as two staff houses to support the camp amounted to R10 million. The project has yielded 10,386 job days during the construction phase, of which 80% were sourced from local labour including sub trades such as electricians and plumbers.”
The Agulhas National Park plays a major role in the economy of the area. According to van Wyk “Projects such as these are geared towards stimulating socio-economic development to the benefit of communities in the vicinity of the Park. It should be noted in this regard that the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) employs 448 people and 38 SMME’s in a range of projects in the area”

The launch of the new chalets is part of a great success story that started with the democratic dispensation post 1994. South Africa is celebrating 20 years of democracy this year, and SANParks must acknowledge three important initiatives from Government that have led to a massive growth in the national park system during these years:

1. Firstly, the Park Expansion programme to establish new national parks and increase the size of existing parks.
SANParks has expanded the land under protection in the national park system by over 700 000 hectares since 1994, with much of this being in the under conserved areas such as the Succulent Karoo and Fynbos biomes. Agulhas National Park was proclaimed in 1999 in order to conserve components of the fynbos biome, and is one of the 7 new national parks created during the past 20 years, adding 22,000 hectares of the Agulhas plain vegetation which is an area of exceptional floristic diversity and endemism.

2. Secondly, Biodiversity improvement through mainly the Expanded Public Works Programme.
The core mandate of SANParks is biodiversity conservation. The Government’s job creation programme, the EPWP, created an opportunity to implement various programmes and projects to improve the state of biodiversity in all national parks.
The funding for the various projects is part of the Department of Environmental Affairs EPWP budget. Over the past 14 years, SANParks has implemented projects to the value of R 1.9 billion, creating on average 7,500 jobs per annum. SANParks implements eight different EPWP programmes to improve the state of biodiversity, including the removal of invasive alien vegetation, rehabilitation of wetlands, rehabilitation of land and the support and monitoring of conservation functions in protected areas.
Agulhas National Park is one of the flagship parks within the EPWP and employs 448 people and 38 SMME’s as part of the EPWP implementation. The value of the projects is R36 million for the current financial year of which at least 65% goes directly to wages or salaries of previously unemployed people. In a Social Impact study done about the impacts of these projects in Agulhas, it was found that the impact of job creation projects targeting local, historically disadvantaged individuals is of high significance as it addresses a critical need of employment creation in an area with few alternatives.
At the Kamoso Awards ceremony, held recently by the Department of Public Works, the Environmental Monitor Programme implemented by SANParks won the Best National Project Award. This award is testimony to the fact that SANParks has embraced the job creation and poverty alleviation programmes of Government to provide benefits to local communities adjacent to parks, while at the same time addressing threats to biodiversity.
With the development of the rest camp, the labour intensive requirements of the EPWP programme for construction was incorporated in the planning, and SMME’s were appointed to cut and prepare the thatch for the roofs. “Using local natural resources and creating jobs has resulted in the chalets that have now been launched” said van Wyk. “An effort is made to invest and train local small contractors during infrastructure projects and all the boardwalks in the park were also constructed by local teams.”

3. Lastly, Infrastructure development and investment
The past 20 years saw Government investing in infrastructure on a scale never experienced before in the national parks system. The Agulhas National Park development is one component of a R2,4 billion investment made by government for the upgrading and development of tourism and conservation infrastructure in national parks. According to van Wyk “There has not been another period in our conservation history to parallel this growth and investment, and it is incumbent on all of us to see that this momentum is maintained.”
SANParks is managing an estate of 4 million hectares and infrastructure plant of close to R10 billion including roads, fences, buildings and bulk services. This includes the construction of 23 new rest camps or wilderness camps adding a total of 648 new beds to our tourism inventory. The infrastructure and EPWP funds enabled the development of the Agulhas infrastructure.

SANParks is in the “forever” business: Managing a sustainable parks system connecting to society. We remain committed to this and the launch of the seven new chalets in the rest camp is a celebration of Government’s commitment to biodiversity conservation!” concluded van Wyk.

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Antionet van Wyk
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Cell: 082 905 4644

Reynold Thakhuli
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Access to Agulhas nat park

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Hi, would I be able to go into the Agulhas park for fishing if I have a wild card and not staying there??
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Re: Access to Agulhas nat park

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Hi johndutoit,

A warm welcome to the forum........... :gflower:

Please have a look here......... Agulhas Activities

Fishing: Fishing permits can be purchased from the Struisbaai Post Office at the Struisbaai Mall. Rock and Deep sea fishing is a favourite pass time for most visitors at the Southern Tip.
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Re: Access to Agulhas nat park

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You can fish in the park and you don't need a wild card.There are a lot of fishing spots from the Lighthouse towards Suiderstrand and accessible with your vehicle.From Suiderstrand onwards you have to walk. :redface:
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Agulhas park

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Hi,

Are there restaurants in the park? If not, is best place to buy food in Bredasdorp?

Thanks for help and kind regards Reynald
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Re: Agulhas park

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Hi Reynald

No restaurants in the park, but you can buy food, and there are some lovely eateries, in both Agulhas village, and Struisbaai.
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Re: Booking code/unit type for the new chalets at Agulhas

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Canuck-Robin-Chats wrote:Could someone please confirm the booking code (unit type) for the six new single units (2 sleeper) chalets at Agulhas Rest Camp - CH2, CH2D, CH2DN or CH2Z? Thx!


Hi Canuck-Robin-Chats

On the Accommodation page the following

Seven new chalets, six single units (two sleepers), one family cottage (four sleeper). The new chalets do not have sleeper couches unfortunately.


On the Accommodation Availability page the CH2N en CH2DN don't have sleeper couches

Accommodation Availability

I do hope you'll enjoy your stay, it's a wonderful park!
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Re: Booking code/unit type for the new chalets at Agulhas

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Thank you so much!
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