Napier, at the foot of the Soetmuisberg, between Caledon and Bredasdorp is a blend of century-old cottages and modern houses, surrounded by the rolling farmland which typifies the Overberg, give the village a delightful rural atmosphere.
This picturesque village is revitalising itself with folk lovingly restoring old homesteads and properties – rekindling the charm and beauty of the original architecture. The town buzzes with activity, yet without the frenetic ‘rushing’ often experienced in large towns.
Founded in 1838 and named after Sir George Napier, who was the governor of the Cape at the time, the village with its old-world charm is well worth a visit. “Slow Time and Live Life Deliberately” — these words are sprawled across a banner in Napier and may only ring true to you once you have stayed there. It is a place where time slows and the fast-paced world dissipates into a distant memory. It is somewhere to relax and, quite literally, take the time to smell the flowers. You will soon discover the tranquillity and charm that define this anachronistic village.
The Feeshuis, one of the oldest buildings in the town, was used as slave quarters during 1810 – 1820, and and then later as a wine cellar, was restored in 1988 to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary. The Dutch Reformed church was built in the form of a Greek cross with teak interior, unique with a beautiful pipe organ made of solid yellow copper. A toy museum and a watermill, a giant sundial at the municipal offices, and an ox Wagon monument (Kakebeenwa) to commemorate the Ossewa Trek of 1838 are some of the attractions you may want to view. The ox wagon monument has an impression of a wagon wheel track made in concrete to commemorate the well-known exodus of the dissident Afrikaners from the Western Cape.
Popular annual events are the Patatfees (Sweet Potato Festival), every June, and the Voet van Africa (Foot of Africa) Marathon which is run in mid-September.