The people at Nieuwoudtville proclaim that theirs is a tranquil way of life. It’s a fitting description and a feeling of tranquillity is exactly what you experience when you have left the hurly-burly of Cape Town behind you and you pull in for your first cup of coffee away from home at Kardoesie.
Back in the 1970s the late T.V. Bulpin, a prolific South African author on South African towns and their history, described Nieuwoudtville as “consisting of a cluster of houses, windpumps and trees sheltering in a hollow in the plain”.
It still rings true but it doesn’t give credit to the majestic Neo-Gothic sandstone church (it’s a national monument), the Quiver Tree Forest on the hills just outside of the town and the Nieuwoudtville Wild Flower Reserve.
Nieuwoudtville and the surrounding farms have more than their share of guest houses, farm houses and cottages which allow you to discover some hidden treasures in the district.
At The Nedersetting (it means ‘settlement’) they serve wholesome boerekos in a lovely sandstone building. At the Nieuwoudtville Hotel the bar is intimate and cosy and the stories might just make you stay far longer than you originally intended to do.
You can’t help but notice Protea Motors, the only garage in town, as you drive in. Vintage cars are embedded into the outside walls and a big collection of vintage motor cycles, amongst other things, can be seen inside.
Ask around and you will also hear about the Hantam Botanical Garden, the Nieuwoudtville Waterfall, the Hantam Kloof Bazaar, the Rooibos Heritage Route that starts in Nieuwoudtville, the original sandstone farm buildings, the dolerite koppies and the Glacial Pavement.
So much in one town – and then there’s still Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam, Wupperthal, Vanrhynsdorp and Garies to visit as well!