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Aghulas Country Lodge Aerial View

More and more of us are hopping on the remote work train – working where we play, and playing where we work. So, in the spirit of the roving office, the Go Hustle Work & Play Location Guide is all about making it easier for you to do just that when you’re next away from your “official” desk. Last week we shone the spotlight on Oudtshoorn. This week, we’re heading to the coast, all the way to Agulhas…

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The place: Agulhas

The quaint coastal village of L’Agulhas at the most southern tip of Africa should be on every remote worker’s list. Situated a hop from Struisbaai, an old fishing haven, and 30km from bustling Bredasdorp, not only is there a lot to do and see, but a healthy dose of fresh sea air might be exactly what you need to beat the mid-year slump. Looking for that lightning bolt of inspiration, or a spot of peace and quiet to recalibrate? This is the place to do just that.

Stay here: Agulhas Country Lodge

The epitome of old-school charm, this seaside haven is the place to rejuvenate your spirit – and get those creative juices flowing again.

A Cape Country Routes hallmark property, Agulhas Country Lodge is the picture of tranquillity. Built from natural limestone, it blends seamlessly into the scenic rocky background. And perched majestically, as it is, on a hill, it delivers ocean views from nearly every vantage point. Bonus: All eight en-suite rooms have sea-view balconies.

Wifi: free throughout the lodge. Agulhas Country Lodge is what remote office dreams are made of, with multiple cosy nooks and crannies to choose from. The bar area has a fireplace and enclosed balcony with views of the sea. Or opt for one of several chill areas, depending on your mood. There’s an old-school cigar lounge, a quaint pub with an airforce/maritime theme, a TV room and a quirky lounge area. It’s all so lovingly upholstered you’ll feel both right at home, and far enough away from the mundane to be inspired.

The bar at Agulhas Country Lodge is surrounded by ocean vistas, and all the en-suite rooms have sea-view balconies.

Dining: Wow! The owners weave some serious homemade magic in this kitchen. Agulhas Country Lodge is a bed and brekkie spot, but bring a group and they’ll lay on a fine-dining experience the likes of which will leave you truly delighted. Trust us. Because we experienced it. Think: a first-course roasted cauliflower and garlic soup topped with cauliflower florets in tempura batter, a risotto of dreams main event, followed by a dessert that looks as good as it tastes. Our feast was gluten-free (bar the still-steaming homemade bread straight out of the oven), dairy-free, fresh, organic – the works. Nobody’s needs are ignored. Note: You’ll need to book a dinner in advance, but it’s worth it.

Psst: While one daughter, Chelsea, deftly manages the lodge and kitchen, another just happens to be functional medicine specialist Dr Julienne Fenwick, so you can rest assured, the food ticks every health box, healing your gut while it tickles your tastebuds. 

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Do this: Walk, walk, walk some more… and maybe even swim

The Japanese crew of the Meisho Maru ran aground on this beautiful stretch of South African coastline in 1982.

Walking is the easiest, quickest way to shake out the cobwebs. Tumble out of your lodgings and you’ll find yourself on the beach. Step straight onto the walking path and it’ll take you all the way along the coast, via the historic Soldier’s Pool, the Agulhas lighthouse, the monument at the Southernmost Tip of Africa (got to get a snap of that!), Rasperpunt boardwalk, the Meishu Maru shipwreck and the mystical lagoon at Pietie se Punt. 

There’s also nothing like a splash of water to clear the head. Yup – even in winter. The brave can swim at the longest uninterrupted white beach in Southern Africa at nearby Struisbaai. Alternatively, there are two tidal pools within walking distance of the hotel. Take a dip, reap the ice-water health benefits, then race back to the lodge and sink into your steaming jacuzzi bath.

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Play here: Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Cruises, Gansbaai

Head out on a Marine Big Five cruise and you might even catch a humpback whale breaching. (c) Dyer Island Cruises – Jade Sookhoo.

Just over an hour’s drive along the coast, you’ll find the small harbour town of Kleinbaai, part of the greater Gansbaai area and home to Cape Country Routes activity Marine Dynamics. It’s in this coastal corner that you’ll find the world’s most accessible population of great white sharks. So it goes without saying that it’s the best place in the world to see these extraordinary creatures in their natural environment. 

We recommend hopping on a boat with Marine Dynamics’ sister company, Dyer Island Cruises. You’ll see the Marine Big Five up close: whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and those sharks, of course. Plus birds galore! Pop in on the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary too. Best part: knowing that your access fee is going towards research, conservation and education projects.

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The Ford Everest Sport feels like it was made for road trips, with enough space for all the bags and the kind of slick “infotainment” system we’ve been waiting for.

Drive this: The Ford Everest Sport

We’re still crushing on the roomy, smooth-driving Ford Everest Sport – and it earns its stripes coastal village hopping. Road trips don’t get any more effortless than this. Or much more economical in a car of this size. The slick seven-seater offers cruise control, a keyless unlock set-up and an “infotainment” system that synchs seamlessly with your smartphone and other devices. We’re also still loving the intuitive voice control and embedded navigation (standard maps and Tracks for Africa) so you can keep your attention on the road… and those sweeping sea views.

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