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Things to do  

Genadendal town is an attraction in and of itself and an important part of the Cape Overberg’s early history. Genadendal and its close neighbour, Greyton share a dramatically beautiful countryside, which provides ample opportunity for numerous outdoor pursuits.

Activities and attractions in Genadendal

  • The Genadendal museum houses South Africa’s oldest fire engine and provides an intimate look at what life was like centuries ago

  • It also houses early examples of the renowned “herneuter” knives – reproduced on site and available for purchase

  • See the original Moravian mission church - attendees are well known for their choir singing and lively brass band performances

  • The church also includes the oldest pipe organ in South Africa - don’t forget to look out for the old bell in front of the church building

  • You’ll notice the original, beautifully preserved 18th century cottages, one of these was home to George Schmidt who founded the village and missionary

  • Take the 25 km circular Genadendal hike (two days), which begins and ends in the town

  • Have lunch at the Moravian Restaurant

  • Buy some bread freshly baked in outdoor ovens

  • Browse a beautifully crafted selection of hand-woven products produced by a local job-creation initiative

  • Go mountain biking on the farms Oaks, Lismore, and Oewerzicht

Genadendal Hiking Trail
Duration 2 days, distance 25.3 km. 2 pools along the walk. Rates as a fairly strenuous hike. Starts and finishes at the Moravian Mission Church in Genadendal.

Telephone number 021 6593500

Genadendal Honeybush Tea
Refreshing, unique herbal tea produced from Honeybush plants (cyclopia maculata) indigenous to the Genadendal area. The tea has a very sweet flavour somewhat similar to the more well-known rooibos tea. Honeybush has been noted for its quality, taste, flavour and health benefits.

Only available in season.

Various flavours including original, youngberry & pineapple.

Tea is available from Genadendal information centre.

Telephone number : 028-251 8291
Physical address kerkwerf Genadendal

Mission Museum
The museum collection is housed in a building, which was erected in 1838 as the first Teachers’ Training College in South Africa. The contents of the museum were declared a National Cultural Treasure on 8 March 1991. Most of the collection on display has been produced and used at this mission station. Genadendal (1738), the oldest mission station on the continent of Africa, was one of the most progressive communities in the Cape during the 19th century. There are 15 exhibition rooms with a unique collection.
Moriavan Church Square
Telephone 028 2518220

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