Established in 1838, Bredasdorp claims to be South Africa’s first official town. Today, it is a quaint, agricultural town producing wheat and wild flowers. This once sleepy, little hub has developed into a commercial centre in the area. With its historic churches, unique museums and lively community, Bredasdorp is well worth a visit.
The town of Bredasdorp lies at the foot of the Heuningberg Mountain, perched on the slopes of the ‘Preekstoel’ or ‘Pulpit’: a high hill blanketed in an array wild proteas. Although primarily a farming community, Bredasdorp has continued to grow over the years and is home to an established shopping mall, a cinema and a choice of restaurants from cheap takeaways to boutique bistros. The town has, however, managed to retain its country charm, boasting historical architecture, magnificent old churches, intriguing museums and uninterrupted stretches of farmland. Even one of its trees has been named a national monument – the grand milkwood on Rhenosterfontein Farm is said to be one of the largest and oldest trees of its kind.
The Heuningberg Nature Reserve in Bredasdorp is a truly tranquil gem, with lovely hikes on offer and the possibility of spotting the rare, red Bredasdorp lily in early autumn. About 26km outside of the town at the mouth of the Heuningnes River is De Mond Nature Reserve, where one can camp overnight or simply enjoy day hikes through the stretches of coastal vegetation, milkwood forests and fynbos. The reserve is home to an abundance of birdlife, as well small buck such as steenbok and duiker.