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Bredasdorp Snapshot

Named after Cape Town’s first mayor, Michael Van Breda, Bredasdorp is circled by wheat as far as the eye can see, and for a fairly large town is actually quite attractive – hence a property boom that has seen house prices skyrocket. But as far as weekend getaways go Bredasdorp hasn’t managed to attract much of a local audience. Most visitors tend to stop for leisurely tea, or use the town as a quick overnight base, before moving on to more enticing spots on the Overberg map – usually the southern tip of Africa and De Hoop Nature Reserve.

Things To Do

  • The De Hoop Nature Reserve is an Overberg pearl and reason most pass through Bredasdorp. It is a wetland of international importance, a conservation area for rare lowland fynbos, and a sanctuary for the Southern right whale and Cape Griffen vulture. The reserve is a natural habitat for 1500 plant-, 86 mammal- and 260 bird-species. Hiking trails, shorter walks, a mountain bike trail, a circular drive and several picnic spots will deepen your appreciation of the diversity.
  • Bredasdorp’s advertised highlights include the Heuningberg Nature Reserve, with walks from 2km to 15km, and the Shipwreck Museum; the latter houses a variety of interesting marine artefacts, anchors, figureheads, coins and portholes retrieved from the Graveyard of Ships, as the adjacent coastline is aptly called.
  • Undeveloped and untouristed, the historic Moravian mission station of Elim is 36km from Bredasdorp. This entire village of whitewashed houses and fig trees is a national monument and worth visiting. 
  • Rumour once had it that the world’s largest merino sheep, weighing nearly 200kg, could be viewed on a farm owned by a Meneer Uys, 10km from Bredasdorp. Captain Getaway never managed to get to the root of the rumour, but he reckons that sheep has long since turned to mutton.
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Middeldam Plaashuis

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Working historic sheep farm with a four-bedroom farmhouse - 15km from Bredasdorp

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Bergen Dam Cottage

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Large dairy farm with a secluded renovated worker's cottage - 17km from Bredasdorp

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De Melkportaal Cottage

Bredasdorp, Western Cape

Rustic-luxury cottage in a picturesque farm setting - 17km from Bredasdorp

Surrounded by gum trees and fronted by generous green irrigation fields, De Melkportaal Cottage is your go-to for a rustic-luxury weekend on a real macoy dairy farm in the Overberg. Startin...

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Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve

Bredasdorp, Western Cape

Converted milking shed on a private nature reserve near De Hoop - 40km from Bredasdorp

Located in a remote area midships between Swellendam and Bredasdorp (40km), your accommodation at this WWF-owned nature reserve comes in the form of a converted milking shed. Accommodating a total si...

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Haze Vlakte Self-Catering Accommodation

Bredasdorp, Western Cape

Farm with three stylish semi-detached units on the Nuwejaars River - 22km from Bredasdorp and 14km from Elim

Perfectly placed along the lawned banks of the Nuwejaars River, and set within the wider Nuwejaars Nature Reserve, Haze Vlakte Farm offers three gorgeous, semi-detached units that are ideal for three ...