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Sedgefield Garden Route South Africa

The Garden Route’s Slow Town

Sedgefield – a charming coastal town on the Garden Route – is situated on the N2, between George and Knysna. Proclaimed in 1929,
Sedgefield was named after the farm (of the same name) on which it is established. The town is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and an extensive coastal lake system, bordered by a series of parallel fossil sand dunes that run between Kaaimans River in the west and Brenton on Sea in the east. The town falls within the Garden Route National Park and is surrounded by indigenous forests, fynbos, mountains and a spectacular coastal landscape.


Sedgefield is affiliated to the ‘Cittaslow’ towns of Italy, where the Slow Town movement originated around ten years ago, inspired by the Slow Food organization. Sedgefield was awarded its Slow Town status in 2010 after local businessman Andrè Gauchè came up with the brilliant idea of registering Sedgefield as a “Cittaslow” Town. As a matter of interest, there are 55 criteria that places must satisfy in order to earn the Cittas­low, or a “slow city title.” These criteria six cat­egories: environmental policy, infrastructure, quality of the urban public, encouragement of local products and local production, hospitality and slow city awareness among residents. In Sedgefield you can surrender to the rhythm of nature and engage in a wide range of outdoor activities - slowing down to appreciate the ‘simple things’.


Sedgefield boasts five stunning beaches, with lots of shallow water for the kids to paddle in and rock pools inviting hours of exploration. Sedgefield’s surrounding environment makes for excellent angling, as well as an ideal venue for a variety of water sports.

In April each year, the whole town participates in the ‘Slow Food Festival’ to celebrate the town’s natural beauty and tranquil pace, which has inspired (and attracted) many talented art­ists over the years. The Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market – a weekly Saturday market for farm and homemade food products – finds its inspiration in the authentic “old world” country marketplaces of yesteryear, farmers gathered to sell their goods to the community. Sedgefield offers a diverse range of arts and crafts, avail­able from Scarab.


Accommodation in the town includes timeshare, a hotel, self-catering accommodation, bed and breakfasts, holiday flats, cottages, caravan parks, an inn and a backpackers’ lodge. There are a number of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs in town to choose from. There are a num­ber of craft and antique stores, where shoppers can choose from local craft and Africana.


Sedgefield’s mild Mediterranean-type climate en­courages people to spend a great deal of time in the glorious natural environment, to enjoy a vast range of outdoor activities that include:

• Bird watching • Board sailing • Boating • Canoeing • Cycling • Day walks • Dune trails • Forest trails • Guided trails • Hiking • Historic 4 x 4 Ox wagon trail • Horse riding • Lake cruises • Lakeside trails • Mountain biking • Nature walks • Paintball • Paragliding • Picnics • Rock fishing
• Shopping • Shore walks • Snorkeling • Sunbathing • Surf fishing • Surfing • Swimming • Wake skating • Wakeboarding • Water skiing
• Windsurfing

Visit Sedgefield and stay awhile.