This authoritative history of the Strandveld reads like a thriller, filled with the adventures of its pioneers and the gripping tales of its shipwrecks.
Further topics include local farms and forebears, plants and birds of the region, the whales and wines and the lighthouse at Agulhas. All the sections of the book are richly illustrated with colour photographs.
The principal towns and resorts of the Strandveld are Bredasdorp, Napier, Arniston, Struisbaai, Agulhas, Elim, Pearly Beach, Kleinbaai, Gansbaai, Die Kelders and Stanford.
The Strandveld is generally accepted to be the coastal region from Cape Infanta at the mouth of the Breede River to the mouth of the Klein River, near Hermanus.
From the west of Koppie Alleen, where the Whale Trail ends, almost as far as Arniston, some 30 km away, the coast and abutting land are owned by Armscor, for use as a missile testing range.
About Marius Diemont
"I have been privileged to have known much of this coast for more than fifty years and I have a deep attachment to its isolation and splendour," says author Marius Diemont, a former journalist and PR consultant. The pleasure of angling and being at the sea first drew him to this unspoiled coast and for the past 30 years he and his family have holidayed at the family's Arniston home.
Marius Diemont has been a feature writer and a magazine editor and has reported on general news, politics, business and the courts. He has worked both as a journalist and public relations practitioner in Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Windhoek. Marius Diemont lives in Cape Town with his wife Paddy.