This cottage forms part of the nine fishermen's cottages, known as Hotagterklip, declared as a national monument in view of various architectural and historical considerations. Since there is no electricity (although lights, warm water and cooking are available), one can experience the simple and humble way in which the first fishermen lived in the Southern-most tip of Africa (although there is solar powered wifi). The cottage is situated on the main road, close to the shops, harbor & beaches.
The fisherman cottage, Hotagterklip, is a pretty little white-washed fishermen’s house at the entrance to the village. It has been restored and is now a holiday home, despite being a national monument. The cottage is only 7 km away from Cape Agulhas, the geographic southern tip of the African continent and the dividing line where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. It is also very close to the harbor where fishing charter boats and commercial fishermen go fishing daily. Contact Awesome Charters for fishing and/or pleasure trips at +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Although I will not always be there my mother-in-law, Nelmarie Neethling, lives 1 km away and will be available at all times. Once you arrive you will meet her and receive her telephone number.
More about the history of Hotagterklip: The date of origin of the fishing community of Hotagterklip is not known. The beaches of the Cape Coast have served as larders for man since time immemorial. The many fish traps and middens that dot the coast are testament to the riparian heritage of the area. These houses originally housed Coloured fishermen.
The name Hotagterklip literally means 'towards the left behind the rock', 'hotagter' being a term traditionally used to describe the left rear ox in a team of oxen pulling an ox wagon. The name is also related with the idiomatic Afrikaans expression 'Hy kry dit hotagter' meaning that someone is having a tough time. The name can thus be construed to refer to the rocky ridge on which the houses are built as a place of suffering.
The houses are constructed of rough stone with reed (Chondropetalum tectorum) roofs. Typically the kitchen fireplace(s) is built on the outside of one of the gable walls as a "kommyntjie". This device is typical of Cape architecture until the arrival of the English at the Cape in 1806. The whole was white-washed. Architecturally they form part of the larger Cape-Dutch family, having the same material and technology employed in their construction. Their simple and humble dwellings speak eloquently of the humble peoples that of need constructed them using locally available materials and minimising the economic expenditure required to build and maintain these dwellings.