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Jewel of the Overberg

Napier that glittering jewel in the Overberg’s crown is synonymous for its’ warm welcome and gentle country charm.  It’s a small village with a big heart that easily casts its spell on you. One just can’t help wanting to remain here and bask in its simple glory for a long time.

Nestled  at the foot of the Soetmuisberg  and situated between Caledon &  Bredasdorp means the drive there is a veritable treat, as the R316 meanders through undulating  fields of canola and wheat which dance in the afternoon breeze. Time passes quickly on this journey as you count the multitude of jackal buzzards on the wing and spot our national emblem the Blue Crane and the elusive Secretary bird on the hunt.

Descending into the valley the main road follows the contours of the Klipdrifrivier which splits the village in two. One gets an immediate taste of what life in the late 19th century must have been like, as quaint restored cottages with their generous verandas invite weary travellers to stay a while and explore.  The focal piece of architecture is the attractive Dutch reformed church whose lofty spire stands like a sentinel over the village. In fact Napier itself owes its existence to the site of this church as a result of a dispute between two neighbouring farmers who desired the community church to be built on their land. Neither gave way and the result was that two churches were built, one in

Bredasdorp the other in Napier and the Dorps grew around them . Napier was thus founded in 1839 and named after the acting British governor of the time, Sir George Thomas Napier.   A stroll around the village is encouraged and can take a while as you chat with the friendly locals, swap gardening tips, and make friends with the many horses and other livestock that give this special village its authentic rural character.

It’s no surprise that those with a creative flair were drawn here. Antique hunters and art collectors will not be disappointed.  My Skat, Greta’s Place and Napier Antiques are just a few of the many places who sell bygone treasures with a story attached. Acclaimed Painters and sculptors live here and are only too willing to discuss and showcase their work.

The best of country fare can be found on offer at charming farm stalls brimming with organic fruit and vegetables and shelves adorned with jars of wholesome preserves & lemonade made with love.

Accommodation varies from five star luxury guest houses to back packers. One can even sleep in an Ox wagon. Whatever suits your style. But be assured wherever you stay you will be extended congenial hospitality.  Book an extra night to really explore the surrounding areas. Historic Elim and the exquisite turquoise sea in Arniston are both within easy reach.
By Jenni van der Linden
Street Address
Sarel Cilliers Street
South Africa
Province of the Western Cape
Tourism Information
Tourism Body
Cape Agulhas Tourism
Contact Person
Annelien Snyman
Contact Number
(028) 424-2584
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