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May 05, 2017

Barely four kilometres east of Joubertina, the tranquil little town of Twee Riviere nestles below the Tsitsikamma Mountains in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.  Twee Riviere is a picturesque little village, criss-crossed by an ingenious, old world aqueduct system via which sweet mountain water is conveyed to every homestead. The peacefulness and rural qualities of the area make it a wonderful place to just relax in and breathe in the fresh country air.  From 1752 onwards, Twee Riviere gradually took form as the expanding centre of a thriving farm, giving rise to the present-day town’s arrangement of homes, barns and paddocks.

The village of Twee Riviere is one of the earliest communities in the Langkloof, the original farm having been surveyed and registered under that name already on 14 February 1765. Originally a loan farm issued by the V.O.C. to Jacobus Scheepers, Twee Riviere was subsequently and briefly owned by Jacobus du Preez during the early 1780s, followed by Kritzinger and thereafter sold to Ockert Olivier in 1793. The Olivier family endures to this day, though during the 1800s and beyond holdings were increasingly also surrendered to families such as the Schreibers, Murrays, Ferreiras and others. Numerous descendants of these founding families formally acquired landholding by way of subdivision during the last century, and many have remained as citizens of the town. As the subdivision of land increased within the close, valley geography, the trend soon gave rise to a notable concentration of dwellings and households, which in time assumed the beginnings of richly varied Twee Riviere village, as it exists today.

Today, one hundred and twenty-five families (representing approximately sixty surnames) comprise this historic and scenic village. As home to many young families, Twee Riviere is partly characterized by a prevalence of homesteading families, many of whom favour a home-schooling education and pursuing lifestyles of hands-on endeavour, taking various forms.

While agriculture, and apple production in particular, remains its economic backbone, Twee Riviere is also home to other notable features of interest, such as the campus grounds of The South African Institute for Heritage Science and Conservation - a formal institution of higher learning (postgraduate diploma level). Of further interest to horticulturists, landscapers and tree collectors, is the campus' Skrijwershoek Arboretum. The arboretum houses a tree collection of uncommon landscape oaks and other tree specimens, and is renowned for exceptional autumn colouration.
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