Located midway between Swellendam and Riversdale, Heidelberg is a charming, but also largely forgotten old Cape Colonial town. Since the designers of the N2 in the late ’70s decided to skirt the town, time has almost stood still here. But being ignored by the so-called cognisant has its advantages. 

Houses for sale in Heidelberg are spectacular because here you’ll find a multitude of beautifully preserved Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian homes. The streets are still wide enough for a wagon and a team of oxen to make a complete turn and unbelievably it’s all barely 2½ hour drive from Cape Town. Forgotten charm well worth exploring.

Explore Heidelberg



Explore the Boesmanbos Wilderness area and its 1000 species of beautiful fynbos flowers – a natural garden with different varieties flowering all year round. A 2 to 3 day hike with a stop over in old cottages can also be arranged. Barely 20 minutes away is the Breede River Mouth and Witsand’s fabled whale nursery and beaches.



The southernmost skirmishes in the Anglo Boer War actually took place here, in September 1901, directly opposite where the old Dutch Reformed Church towers over its domain.



Mountain bikers, horse riders and 4x4 enthusiasts will discover that they can test their skills over largely unchartered wilderness terrain, along rivers and through some of the breath-taking valleys nearby. Hikers and birdwatchers are also sure to find much that will fascinate.

Bird watching

Bird watching

The farmlands play host to a huge variety of bird life (it is the main breeding area of our national and endangered bird, the blue crane, which can sometimes be seen in groups of up to 70 birds). If you follow the farm roads you are likely to spot secretary birds, Egyptian geese, korhaans, spurwinged geese, many varieties of raptors as well as meerkats, a variety of small buck, tortoises, baboons and possibly a lynx.

Living in Heidelberg

Areas near to Heidelberg

Barrydale, George, Great Brak River, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Riversdale, Sedgefield, Still Bay, Wilderness, Witsand,


Many people who have bought houses in Heidelberg choose to send their children to the schools in the nearby towns of Swellendam and Riversdale.


The town has a few excellent restaurants/coffee shops and fabulous feasts can be arranged on some of the adjoining farms – given a little warning. Heidelberg is a town of surprises, and well worth a visit.


Keen golfers can also test their skills on Heidelberg’s magical little municipal golf course, on the banks of the river opposite the town. Frome here, golfers can also explore the variety of golf courses along the Garden Route.


In the nearby town of Still Bay there are a wide variety of shopping amenities, ranging from well-stocked, modern supermarkets and convenience stores to smaller family-run concerns. 

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius