The Cape Agulhas region offers a veritable paradise of nature in all her glory, which will delight even the most discerning tourist, botanist, hiker, photographer, historian, bird watcher or angler. Bordered by blue mountain ranges, Bredasdorp is set in undulating hills in a kaleidoscope of gold, green and brown with endless beaches and dunes. Fragrances of fynbos which emerge with mountain and sea air.
The southern most region of Africa is a sub region of the Overberg and stretches from Gansbaai in the east, through Die Dam, L'Agulhas, Struisbaai and Arniston up to the mouth of the Breede River in the east. It includes the De Hoop Nature and marine Reserve. This undulating landscape, with the Riviersonderend and Langeberg mountain ranges as background, is known as the Ruens, whereas the southern coastal region beyond the Bredasdorp/Napier mountain range is known as the Strandveld.
Bredasdorp, known as South Africa’s first “dorp”, was established in 1838 on the farm Langefontein and named after a local farmer, Michiel van Breda. Van Breda was the first mayor of Cape Town and also regarded by many as the father of the merino sheep industry in this country. A rivalry between van Breda and his neighbour, PV van der Byl, led to the establishment of 2 separate churches on their farms and eventually 2 separate towns, Bredasdorp and Napier.