After a delicious breakfast on the terrace of our lovely cottage at the Enjoy Natur Farm, we piled into the car to cross the Cederberg mountains and to visit the small town Wuppertal.
Wuppertal is a wonderful dreamy town in the Cederberg mountains in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It was founded in 1830 by two German missionaries. It is hidden deep in the Cedarberg Mountains and 72 kilometres behind Clanwilliam, lies in the heart of the barren wilderness, far from civilization. The village consists of an old thatched church, a store, an old petrol station and terraces of neat thatched-roofed little cottages and a meandering street with water flowing in furrows. A great deal of productive activity takes place which surprises any traveler descending the steep pass into the valley. Excellent shoes are made, tobacco is dried and worked into rolls. The other main products of the area are dried fruit, dried beans and rooibos tea.
Below in the fertile valley are a collection of gardens in which fruits and vegetables are grown. The town has also a big school house, a restaurant and tea room. But not more, which accounts for its charm, although the obvious satellite dishes tell a different story. If you follow just one of many trails out of the village, there is for sure a seriously beautiful view back over the village and valley.
I don’t want to tell so much, I would like that the place speaks for itself.
So check out the pics and you gonna see why one can easily cast one’s mind back to 1830 when the two Rhenish missionaries lived there.
The Petrol Station:
The School House:
The meandering street with water flowing in furrows:
Free living cows laying in the showdown of the trees:
The Restaurant (wasn’t open):
The beautiful gardens with flowers, fruits and vegetable:
The terraces of neat thatched-roofed little cottages:
The way back:
What I Would Have Done Differently?
To be honest, there isn’t much that I’d do differently. But I might have added more time in the Cederberg valley. This place has tons of stuff to do, we barely scraped the surface.
I absolutely loved this trip, and I hope this itinerary helps you plan your dream trip to South Africa, too.
Have a safe trip, where ever you are!