Riviersonderend


Kleinbergie Hiking Trail
The Kleinbergie Hiking Trail is a fascinating climb thanks to the signal canons along the way that were part of the former Overberg Signal Canon system.
The main purpose of the canons were to call the residents in the area for military service if there were indications of war in the Cape. The canons were used in 1795 and 1806 during the first and second occupation of the Cape with the canon signal system being used 8 times in total.

Riviersonderend Conservation Area
This is without doubt a particularly beautiful part of the Cape Overberg. The Riviersonderend Mountain range hugs the conservation area, which is predominantly rugged, filled with forested kloofs and rivers.

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area
Boosmansbos Wilderness Area, next to the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve in the Langeberg Mountains, boasts dramatic mountainous terrain, wild indigenous forests, lush mountain fynbos and almost exclusive access for visitors wanting to explore the wilderness. Boosmansbos was proclaimed a wilderness area in 1978 to protect the area’s indigenous forest, including yellowwood, stinkwood, white and red alder, beech and candlewood. It is also a World Heritage Site

Beyers Farm Bells
Far from the world, we found another set of two Gruhl bells. This pair has been removed from the Dutch Reformed Moederkerk in Stellenbosch for a new life here at the Beyers Farm. The text on the plaque helps to remind us that the top bell is Oubaas, the smallest of the three original bells. We have no indication why this bell has lost its original canons. As a kind of founder’s emblem, Gruhl bells have canons with four carefully carved angels that so to speak are reading the text on the bells. The second bell is Flip and fortunately still has its beautiful crown. It remains remarkable that these bells with their excellent sound have been removed from the church in Stellenbosch. What makes these bells particularly special is that they have been ordered and forged specifically for this church. One final note is that, as explained under the Genadendal bells, the real founder of the bells was not Friedrich Gruhl but his son Ernst Friedrich.