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Goedverwacht and Wittewater

Established in 1889 as a Moravian Mission it is an important place of slave remembrance in the Western Cape. Try the Peerboom (Pear Tree) hiking rail or picnic on the outskirts of the town.

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Goedverwacht means high expectations and is located near Piketberg (off the R399 between Piketberg and Velddrif) – and a short 2 hours of Cape Town’s CBD.

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.

The town lies in a fertile valley with produce from organic farming practiced occasionally sold at the mission station. The Goedverwacht Snoek & Patatfees is an annual event held in celebration of the survivors of Goedverwacht.

Wittewater was established in 1857 by German Moravian missionaries. The town’s characteristic thatched houses were built for missionaries who were unable to stay in Goedverwacht.

Distance from Cape Town: 144km
Where: Off the R399
Open 7 days a week | Free entry
Contact: www.goedverwacht.com | +27 832527538 | tourism@goedverwacht.com

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