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Heidelberg Garden Route South Africa

Western gateway to the Garden Route

Heidelberg - the second oldest town in the Hes­sequa municipal district, and western gateway to the Garden Route - is situated between the majestic Langeberg mountain range and the Indian Ocean, nestled on the bank of the Duiv­enhoks River. The unique, unspoilt character of the Duivenhoks Estuary is preserved within a conservancy, and the area is a nature lover’s paradise. Heidelberg is a quiet, rustic hamlet with beautiful old historic buildings, dating back 200 years, lo­cated in the town and scattered around farms in the area. It was one of the sites of battle between the ‘Boers and Brits’ during the 1901 ‘Boer War’.
The town falls within the Cape Floral Kingdom Heritage Site, and is surrounded by spectacu­lar Cape Fynbos scenery. Set amid the unspoilt indigenous forest - adjacent to the 14 200 ha Boosmansbos Wilderness Area - Heidelberg is a birder’s paradise with sightings of a large number of bird species recorded in the area. Secluded hides located amongst the trees, al­low bird enthusiasts a ‘close encounter with the feathered kind’. The forest is an ideal environ­ment for scenic walks, and small game is likely to cross the amblers’ path.

Heidelberg’s true charm lies in its tranquil lifestyle, affording travelers long conversa­tions with the local inhabitants, slow organic cooking and a leisurely exploration of nature: ‘platteland’ life at its best. The town abounds with storytellers, adept at spinning yarns about the area and some of its colourful inhabitants. The small hamlets of Vermaaklikheid and Slangrivier close to Heidelberg are wonderful country settings where one can rejuvenate body and soul – away from the pressures of modern living. Accommodation in Heidelberg and surrounds includes farm stays, guest farms, bed and breakfast establishments, hotels, camping, tented camps and self-catering chalets. In addition to the many varied day trips, visitors to Heidelberg may also explore:

• Bird watching • Boating • Cycling • Fauna and Flora • Festivals • Fishing • Hiking trails • Historic architecture • Horse riding • Nature Reserves • Photography • Tours