Cape Town - The Cape West Coast is one of the most
culturally rich places in South Africa and now a new heritage wall in the town of Mamre adds to its family day-trip appeal.
Just 50 minutes from Cape Town, off the R27 West Coast Road, lies the small town of Mamre.
does this unassuming settlement have a rich and colourful history, it is also
home to South Africa’s fifth oldest church in the Moravian Mission Station.
Originally established in the late 1600’s
as a military post, two Moravian missionaries from Germany took over the
abandoned buildings and built a church, a school and a watermill. The
original church and parsonage retain their charm and were listed as national
monuments in 1967. The watermill has been restored and the church is still used
for services and packed to capacity on any given Sunday.
New Heritage Walk in Mamre'
order to properly explore Mamre and all it has to offer a new walking tour has
been launched by West Coast Way
in conjunction with the Mamre Moravian Church. Called the Heritage
Walk, this gentle, family friendly stroll through the village allows
visitors to travel back in time 300 years to when the Moravian Missionaries
settled in the Cape.
Heritage Walk places of note:
- Visit the Moravian Church
- Check out the Parsonage, which was
built in 1697
- The Long House served as a barracks for the Dutch East
- The Mill originally ran on old-school horse power
before converting to a water mill in 1938.
Get to know the San people, the oldest
inhabitants of South Africa
on the R27, just before Yzerfontein, the !Khwa
ttu San Culture and Education Centre offers a
fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge and modern-day life
of the original inhabitants of the West Coast.
Kids in particular
will love a visit to !Khwa ttu, where during a fascinating
tour, qualified San guides will demonstrate their skills, share their history
and ancient knowledge about tracking animals, identifying edible and medicinal
plants and they will also teach you some words in their language.
The surrounding nature reserve contains
many species of large animals and antelope, as well as an abundance of other
smaller mammals, birdlife and fynbos plants. The old original farmhouse
has been restored and now houses a restaurant, which is open for breakfast and
also offers two mountain bike trails: A 10km, circular green route
on which you can experience wonderful game encounters. Or continue on the
circular red route for
20km of more challenging climbs on neighbouring farms. There
is also a variety of appealing accommodation facilities on offer - ranging from
a bush camp to a secluded bush house and a farm-style guest house.
Newly launched West Coast Way Culture Route
with its Heritage Walk and the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre are
just two of the many stops along the West
Coast Way Culture Route – a self-drive circular route that has
been conceptualised and developed by West Coast Way, who are working hand in
hand with community members to welcome visitors to the Cape West Coast and
surround 7 days a week.
Other stops included on the Culture
Route include the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve, Melkbosstrand, Koeberg Nature Reserve, Silwerstroomstrand, Atlantis
(Witzand Aquifer Nature Reserve), Mamre, Groote Post Wine Cellar, Darling,
Darling Brew, Buffelsfontein Game
& Nature Reserve, West Coast National Park, Yzerfontein and the !Khwa ttu
San Culture and Education Centre.
For more information on West Coast
Way, the Culture Route, Foodie Route and the list of 101 Things To Do On The
West Coast visit www.westcoastway.co.za
or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777.