Abang Africa Travel invites you to experience a true cultural experience with the community of Goedverwacht . Explore this unspoiled mission village full of history during your community experience. You will be living like a local with a welcoming family and get to know their community and experience their way of living.
Today you will be making your way to Goedverwacht which is located just 150 kilometers outside of Cape Town in Die Swartland. The area is known for its scenic beauty featuring majestic mountains and vineyard covered farmlands. On your way there you can enjoy some wine tasting in the Swartland Wine Route and visit the quaint historic towns dotting the region. The village is situated in a fertile and well-watered valley and is characterized by gardens full of flowers, fruit and vegetables. The church and parsonage were built by the villagers and are constructed of local stone.
After your arrival you will follow the main road to the Goedverwacht Tourism Office, where you will receive the directions to your hosts home. Once you have met the family you will get a chance to discover your surroundings during a village walk, including a storytelling session (max 4 hours/2 km). For dinner you will have a home cooked meal and share stories with your host family.
- Olive & Wine Tasting
- Visit The Wheat Industry Museum in Moorreesburg
After a scrumptious breakfast your local guide will take you for a drive to the Piketberg Historical Route museum and Church (1 Hour) and a visit to an Organic Farm Kruistementvlei (20Km) on Piket- Bo-Berg . As part of their community involvement you will be introduced to the community creating an opportunity for you to interact with the locals. After meeting the community you will go on a guided walking trail through Raaswater farm to see recently discovered bushmen rock paintings 4,5 km. The elevation is no more than 100 m but it is quite a climb over rocks and through the bush as this trail is not yet prepared. After the walking trail you will go back home for dinner for another home cooked meal joined by another family to exchange cultural experiences and the way of daily lives in this quaint little village with only 600 house holds.
More Hiking Trails Options:
Peerboom trail to Piketberg 11km or Klok se Poort trail 15km Both routes take 5 to 8 hours depending on the fitness of the hikers. The elevation is about 500 m. The route starts at Goedverwacht and winds through the Skurweberg with lookout points over the West Coast. Even Table Mountain can be seen on clear days. The trail varies from comfortable walking to rock climbing and is reasonably challenging (no ropes necessary). You need to be relatively fit to complete this route without any risks. 90% of the Klok se Poort trail has cellphone reception, while Peerboom only on the highest peaks. The Peerboom route is more suitable for inexperienced hikers.
Time to wake up and bid farewell to your new family and new made friends. Before departing for Cape Town or your next destination your local guide will take you for a Historical walk. This includes a visit to the Moravian Church, First Monument, Slave’s grave, Mission Store building, Coffin workshop and one of the first houses of Goedverwacht. (Duration: max 2 hours/1,5 km).You can take the scenic route via the R44 back to Cape Town or the Winelands
Cultural background and history of Goedverwacht:
Goedverwacht was established in 1889 as a Moravian Mission station and has a fascinating story. The land originally belonged to a widowed farmer, Hendrik Schalk Burger. When the emancipation of the slaves was in sight, he asked his slave, Maniesa (originally from Bengal, India), and her five children and son-in-law to stay on the farm with him and care for him until his death. In his will, he left the farm to Maniesa and her children with the instructions that when all her children had died; their descendants should sell the farm and divide the proceeds. His own children challenged the will in court twice but it was upheld and remained in Maniesa’s family’s hands until 1888 when her last child, Hester, died. Her grave can still be seen in the graveyard. Their descendants then decided that instead of selling the farm on open auction, they would sell it to the Moravian Missionaries for 750 Pounds. Owing to its close proximity, it was run as a unit with the older Wittewater Mission for many years.