Graafwater


Heerenlogement Cave

An 18th Century "stop-over" The Heerenlogement Cave one of South Africa's oldest and historical caves, just 23km outside Graafwater on the Vredendal road. The 17th Century and beyond, San and Khoi guides had exposed colonial travellers to this refuge, it became an overnight favourite. Their names still cover the cave walls. Originally the cave was used by indigenous San (also known as Bushmen) and Khoi peoples and later discovered by Simon Van der Stel and his party on his way north in search of copper in 1685 and again on 29 October 1712.


Oloff Bergh Rock
Oloff Bergh's rock on the farm Klipfontein at Graafwater. In 1682 Olaf Bergh came to Graafwater in search of the legendary gold fields of Monomotapa and was one of the first white people who spent the night there. The cave and its well preserved engravings provide evidence of those early travellers whose journals support the names of the visitors.


Zink Blockhouse

From the cave you can see the zinc blokhouse, built by the British Army during the South African War, which was used to stop the Boer soldiers, on the farm Graafwaterplaas, as well as the Oloffs/Bergfonteijn on the farm Klipfontein, 10km south from the Heerenlogement, also one of the oldest rest places on the historical route to the north.


The Boegoeberg 4x4 Trails
The Boegoeberg 4x4 Trails is located on the Lambertshoek Farm and, as such, boasts breath-taking views of the Western Cape towns of Lamberts Bay, Elands Bay and Graafwater, as well as the wonders of the Cedarberg Mountain Range, which remains a geological, archaeological and natural treasure trove. The farm shop stocks some of the basics that drivers and their passengers may need.

The 300 year old Wild Fig Tree
Once you’re inside the shallow cave, look up and you will see a 300-year-old tree bulging through a cleft in the rock roof – and it’s still growing strong...

De Jongh's Museum
De Jongh family Private Museum, on Mr. Erhard de Jongh’s farm Klipfontein. Visitors are welcome to come and view the museum by arrangement. This museum is situated close to the Heerenlogement-cave and Oloff Berg- fountain.