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Heidelberg

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Geography and History

Heidelberg is situated between the Langeberg Mountains and the Indian Ocean on the banks of the Duivenhoks River in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The beautiful Gothic Dutch Reformed Church forms the central focus of the town from where visitors can venture out on different routes.

Heidelberg is a town in Western Cape, South Africa, located near South Africa's south coast, on the N2 highway, 274 km east of Cape Town (about half way between Cape Town and Knysna). Heidelberg is just east to the Overberg region, and some consider it the beginning of the Garden Route.

The first erven were sold in the town in November 1855 and in 1862 the first town management board was inaugurated. Dairy farming, cattle, ostrich feathers, tobacco and corn were the products that put the community on its feet and the opening of the railway in 1903 provided that essential link with the outside world.

 

Activities

Activities in and around Heidelberg are plentiful!  The area offers many trails for hikers, nature lovers and day drives.

The Bushbuck and Grysbok Trails offer day walks varying from 2km to 15km in the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve.

The Boosmansbos Wilderness Area offers over 64 km of paths to choose from and the circular two day route of 27km is a popular option. Day drives include exciting drives through the Tradouw Pass, the Gymanshoek Pass and Garcia Pass.

The Bontebok National Park is a big attraction for game and bird viewing. The surrounding mountain areas are full of some of the most pristine Fynbos you can find in the Western Cape.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation options in and around Heidelberg include upmarket guest houses, Game Lodges, self catering apartments and farm stays.

 

Heidelberg Tourism Office Information
Telephone: +27 (0)28 722 2700
Fax: +27 (0)28 086 2115 433
E-mail: heidelberg@hessequa.net
Address: C/o Rall & Fourie Street
Heidelberg
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