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Suurbraak is one of those places that many a traveller will scoot through on his way to somewhere else. However, if you are a true traveller, you’ll not merely slow down, you’ll stop.
Struisbaai is a colourful and interesting place well-known for a number of good reasons. For starters take the name, or rather the fact that there are three completely plausible but diverse stories explaining the origin of the name.
In the middle of nowhere and everywhere in the Overberg you’ll find the little town of Stanford. Originally the farm belonged to Sir Robert Stanford who founded the town in 1857.
On 8 July 1497 a Portuguese expedition set sail from the Tagus River near Lisbon in Portugal. The fleet consisted of three square-riggers, the Sao Gabriel, the Sao Raphael, the Berrio, and a supply ship. The leader of the squadron was Vasco da Gama.
You see, it worked like this: In 1503 a certain Portuguese seafarer named Antonio de Saldanha landed in Table Bay and forthwith named the bay Saldanha Bay. Almost a century later in 1601 the Dutchman Joris van Spilbergen landed in what is today called Saldanha Bay. The thing is, his navigation was rather poor and he mistakenly thought he had reached what we now know as Table Bay. So he called his bay Saldanha Bay. The name stuck as what was originally called Saldanha Bay became Table Bay. Because Table Mountain is next to Table Bay, but there is no mountain in Saldanha Bay. It all makes sense, doesn’t it?