Warm, lovely, friendly - This was my first time in Bredasdorp and what a wonderfull little town in the heart of the Overberg. Bredasdorp hosts the famous Voet of Afrika marathon and the townsfolk treat every runner with love - they looked after us with so much love. The Spur is definitely on my list again. Their food was far more outstanding then a normal Spur. So from now on every year there will be a Bredasdorp weekend on my calender.
Bredasdorp - A Tapestry - Bredasdorp (established in 1838) is a delightful town situated in a magical part of South Africa – the Overberg.
It has a rich history, peppered with colouful characters such as van Breda and vand der Bijl .
The country side is a wonderful tapestry that changes colour each season – from shades of bare brown and red and yellow soils in the summer (visitors have even asked if the farmers farm stones) to soft shades of green early in autumn and deep shades of green as the grain and other winter crops grow with bright flashes of yellow when the canola starts flowering in August. Then the grain fields start turning different shades of gold, and it is harvest and there is a hive of activity and we are left with huge bales of hay dotted all over the fields.
All throughout the year sheep and some cattle are dotted about the fields. This after all is Merino country – this is where the Merino was developed!
This is a very rich farming area. Apart from the grain, sheep and cattle there are ostrich farmers, boutiques wineries, fig and pomegranates, honeybush tea, fynbos, and small game farmers.
Bredasdorp is the ideal town to stay over in for a few days as a base to do daily trips into the Overberg. There is so much to do and see in Bredasdorp and in the district. In Bredasdorp there is the Shipwreck Museum, the big NG Church (commissioned by Michiel van Breda) and other fascinating old buildings. There are a number of ceramic factories and potters, candle factories, a goose down shop, a delightful book shop, antique shops and a good selection of excellent coffee shops and restaurants.
The area is blessed with rich fauna and flora and large flocks of blue cranes are visible on many of the farms.
There are a number of National parks in the area including De Hoop, De Mond, and L'Agulhas. Take a picnic basket and go on a hike for the day.
Day trips can made to the neighbouring towns, villages, beaches and wine farms.
Struisbaai offers turquoise sea and long white beaches, a quiant harbour with colouful fishing boats and manta rays swimming around the in the water at the harbour. It is also the ideal spot to kite sail.
In L'Agulhas one can visit the light house and the Southern Most Tip of Africa with its rocky beaches.
Arniston is another quaint fishing village with beautiful white beaches and of course the big cave know as the Waenhuiskrantz cave.
Elim is one of the oldest Moravian settlements in South Africa. Stroll though this fascinating little village and stop for tea at the old water mill, the go on to some of the local wine farms nearby.
In Napier you can visit a local micro brewery, wine farms, a candle factory, a sugar stick factory, a goat farm, various flower farms, antiques shops, art galleries and many delightfulcoffee shops and restaurants.
Take some time out and come and chill in Bredasdorp and get to know the Overberg.
Bredasdorp - What would you like to know?
Bredasdorp was founded on the farm Langefontein in 1838, by the Hon. Michiel van Breda, who was the first mayor of Cape Town and a member of the Cape Legislative Council. The old farm homestead together with the old Independent Church alongside, are both national monuments and both buildings today house a unique and fascinating collection of shipwreck memorabilia. The Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp, tells the tale of the fate of many a soul who encountered the rough seas.
Bredasdorp - We didn't explore Bredasdorp too much but we did compete in the Napier Petatfees half-marathon and mountain bike challenge.
I would use it as a good base camp for events in the area, such as as 'the foot' and the De Hoop mountain bike races.