The location is very good considering it is almost the centre of the Garden Route and near the N2! - What to do in the area:
Hansmoeskraal is situated 6km from the N2 and 10km from George. Knysna is 65km away, Mosselbay 50km and Oudtshoorn 75km. Herolds Bay is situated 16km from Hansmoeskraal and Victoria Bay only 10km. The Garden Route Mall is a mere 8km away and all this makes Hansmoeskraal the perfect base for your holiday/weekend getaway. There are 2 well-known Resorts on Hansmoeskraal of whom Blue Whale Resort is 1 of them. Blue Whale Resort has hiking trails through indigenous forests and fynbos as well as MTB Routes. Hansmoeskraal is the perfect place to whatch Whales and Dolphins and can be seen from as early as July – November. It is also one of the best places for fishing at this part of the coast and very popular amongst rock anglers. There is also a wooden boardwalk consisting of 203 steps on Blue Whale Resort making it easier for anglers to get to the very, very best part for their favorite sport. If you choose 1 of the resorts at Hansmoeskraal for your holiday/weekend getaway you are sure to return relaxed and a different person as it surely feels like you are at the end of the earth with its beautiful setting, ocean, different activities such as golfing in George, rich history and to be used as your base if you like to go around and see things. You’ll be sure to return year after year.
History of Hansmoeskraal and its People:
Hansmoeskraal is situated approximately 10km to the south of George between Pacaltsdorp and the ocean. To the West the border is the Gwaing River and to the East it is the Schaapkops River.
Pacaltsdorp History: Without the history of Pacaltsdorp the history and understanding of Hansmoeskraal would not be complete.
The LMS (London Missionary Society) had missionary establishments in the following areas: Bethelsdorp, Hankey, Dysselsdorp, Pacaltsdorp, Zuurbraak and Kruisfontein. The LMS was established in 1794 and as early as 1799 the first missionaries arrived in South Africa. Charles Pacalt was born in Bohemia and joined the LMS and took off to South Africa for missionary work. He arrived at Hoogekraal in 1813 (now Pacaltsdorp) to the request of the Khoikoi captain ‘Dikkop’. The first ceremonies were held under a tree (die boom van samekoms). Only after the death of Charles Pacalt in 1818, Pacaltsdorp was called after him. After that the Andersons from Scotland took over the missionary work in Pacaltsdorp and a school, church and homes were build. For 74 years Pacaltsdorp were under the rule of the missionaries until the ‘Dorpsraad’ (Municipality) took over in 1886.
People who wanted to come and live in Pacaltsdorp had to apply, and after a probation period had to comply with certain rules. If they did not comply within the probation period they had to leave.
Jantjie was a Outeniqua Khoikoi born in 1802. He looked after cattle and then went to Charles Pacalts’ school where he learned to read, write and do maths. Pacalt saw soon enough the Jantjie was disciplined and in 1816 he made him his assistant at the school. After Pacalt made Jantjie his assistant at the school, Pacalt could go away for longer periods to get supplies. Jantjie learned the children and also pointed out some of the older children to learn the younger children. All the children could read. Once when the ink got finished, Jantjie made his own ink with the roots of certain plants and when the books were full, he made the children write in the sand, and the teaching never ever got to a halt because of the need for new supplies! After the death of Charles Pacalt, Jacobus (Cobus) Jantjie became a teacher and was respected within the community by both the children and their parents. Jantjie liked to go fishing and a certain rock ‘Jantjies’ Rock’(Jantjie se Klip) was called after him. This rock is situated just below ‘Blue Whale Resort’, and is still a very popular fishing spot to this day.
In 1816 Jacobus Coenraad Rademeyer got the Carte Transport for the farm of Hansmoeskraal, it was about 2000ha. Between 1817 – 1819 the Khoikoi Captain, Hans Moses (he was a Attaqua) and his people from Zuurbraak, Swellendam made Hansmoeskraal their home. He was also called Hans Moos or Hans Moes. Some people also call the area Muiskraal (or Muisekraal). In 1825 the need arrised for the LMS to build a missionary at Pacaltsdorp (earlier Hoogekraal) on Hansmoeskraal. The price was 5000 Riksdalers and was paid to Hendrick Christoffel Barnard and became the property of the LMS on 21/07/1826. Hansmoeskraal was hired out to die people of Pacaltsdorp as well as to White small farmers. The money raised was used for the school at the missionary in Pacaltsdorp and also could George Anderson appoint a white teacher, Mary Dreyer who gave school at the missionary from 1886 – 1893.
At first the government included Hansmoeskraal with Pacaltsdorp (without consulting the LMS) when Pacaltsdorp was declared a town in 1886. George Anderson then convinced the government that the LMS should govern the area because it was private property since 1816 and they got the Carte Tranport. Most of the People from Pacaltsdorp was unhappy about this because they felt that Anderson sold them out. In 1881 a raad (5 Raad Mannen) was established with Anderson as chairman and they established the ‘Dorpsraad’ in 1886. A gate was erected on the border between Pacaltsdorp and Hansmoeskraal and used between 1932 – 1938, and the farmers from Hansmoeskraal had to pay £2 (R4) per year to use the road through Pacaltsdorp. After the 2nd World War an Australian, Mr. van Andel, who lived on the farm Brooklands, on the border between Pacaltsdorp and Hansmoeskraal started a Bus Service. He started with and army truck and later bought 2 busses. From the earliest years there was a strong bond between Pacaltsdorp and Hansmoeskraal through the fact that their backgrounds were connected.
In 1920 the LMS officially announced that Hansmoeskraal would not be used for missionary purposes anymore. The tenants paid poorly and they were very poor. From then on onwards all farms were for sale to the general public by land owners, and the then municipality.
This then is the story of Hansmoeskraal and also a perfect story of different races living and working together and helping each other right through the ‘Apartheid Era’ in South Africa.