Hermon is a village 22 kilometres north of Wellington on the R44 and approximately 20 kilometres south of Gouda. Of Hebrew origin, the name means 'elevated, 'exalted', the reference being to the biblical Mount Hermon (Deut. 3:8, 9).
Things To Do In Hermon & Surrounds
- Game Drive at Bartholomeus Klip
Riebeek-Kasteel is one of the oldest towns in South Africa, situated at 80 km north-east of Cape Town in The Riebeek Valley together with its sister town Riebeek West. During 1661, Commander Jan van Riebeeck initiated an inland discovery expedition under the leadership of Pieter Cruythoff. They set off in the direction of Paardeberg and on 3 February 1661 they ascended a lonely mountain and came upon the fertile vista of the Riebeek Valley.
They named it Riebeek-Kasteel, in honor of the Commander. In the 19th century both Jan Smuts and Daniel Malan were born in the outskirts later both becoming prime ministers of the country.
Subsequently farmers established themselves in the valley and during 1900 the town was laid out in and around its existing church and its neighbor The Royal Hotel, the oldest hotel of South Africa. The town eventually developed and today it houses more or less 2700 residents including some of South Africa’s most famous painters attracted by the picturesque surroundings of the valley and Riebeek Kasteel is especially popular for that aesthetic beauty and rural atmosphere.
The town also serves as a satellite, a residential settlement for Paarl, Malmesbury and even the Metropole area. Riebeek-Kasteel is often referred to as “the best kept secret of the Western Cape” and "Franschhoek 15 years ago".
In 2009, Riebeek-Kasteel was chosen one of the three most beautiful towns of the Western Cape by the newspaper "Rapport".
Riebeek West is a small town situated 5 kilometres from Riebeek Kasteel and about 75 kilometres north-east of Cape Town in the Swartland area of the Western Cape province of South Africa.
The town was established as a parish of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1858 and named after Riebeek-Kasteel, at the foot of which it is situated. It was the birthplace of General Jan Christiaan Smuts, former Prime Minister of South Africa.
The Riebeek Valley is known for its wheat, wines and more recently olives. The area of Riebeek West was first seen by Cape Dutch scouts in the late 17th century. The first settlers arrived in the area in the early 18th century.
Things To Do In Riebeek-Kasteel & Surrounds