2015 Clanwilliam Symposium


You are cordially invited to the


of the



Hosted by

Clanwilliam Heritage Society & Ou Tronk Museum

Clanwilliam, Western Cape Province

 Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th of October 2015




Thursday 15th October

Michaels on Park, Kunshuis, Clanwilliam Living Landscape, Ou Tronk Museum

11:00 Coffee/ tea @ R35 pp

Annual General Meeting of Heritage Association of South Africa Council at Michaels on Park

Alternative event :

11:00 Plant People – a taste of veldkos at Clanwilliam Kunshuis

  • Talk about indigenous plants, their value and flavour in the kitchen by

well known landscape designer, slow food advocate and plant expert Loubie Rusch @R50

  • Truida Prekel discusses the book A Feast from Nature by Renate Coetzee
  • Carmien rooibos tea and food flavour pairing, presented by Hebron
  • Art exhibition inspired by Khoi/San art and West Coast/Cederberg scenery

13:00 Traditional lunch at Michaels on Park @ R70 pp

14:00 Historical Walk through Clanwilliam  with Stephanie Murray and Donald MacAlister

14:15 Placing a plaque of remembrance on the old Commonage

14:45 A show with choral verse and rock gongs by the youth of Clanwilliam at Clanwilliam Living Landscape. The Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project, Children’s Book Network and PGS Heritage worked effectively as a whole in this production to increase awareness of the heritage of our valley

This group has been working throughout 2015 on the theme Time and the Valley, incorporating archaeology, history, geography, music, art, storytelling, craft and poetry.

15:30 The Historical walk from Living Landscape to Ou Tronk Museum, Blommekerk, Anglican Church and other Main street buildings of interest

18:00 Refreshments served in the Family Tree Room of the Ou Tronk Museum

18:30 Rieldans by the Nuwe Graskoue Trappers and local musicians in front of the Ou Tronk Museum

19:00 Dinner at the Ou Tronk Museum @ R100 pp

  • Sandra Troskie presents:

 ‘n Vrou van Mars: Christina Leipoldt en die rol van vrouens tydens vroeë Afrikanerdom / A woman from Mars: Christina Leipoldt and early Afrikanerhood

  • Storytelling from Sederville
  • Reservations essential /Dress code smart casual 

Friday 16th of October 

Ou Tronk Museum, Rooibos Limited, Reinholds Restaurant, Clanwilliam Living Landscape & Blommekerk

08:30 Registration

      Tea/coffee and Clanwilliam rusks at the Ou Tronk Museum

09:00 A Word of Welcome from Heritage SA

09:30 Meander through Sederville

Join Stephanie Murray and the Old Gaol museum team on a stroll to Rooibos, visiting one of the oldest houses in Sederville and Strasberger shoes, the oldest shoe factory in South Africa on the way

11.00 Welcome Tea and short visual presentation at Rooibos Ltd

11.30 Presentation on the history of Rooibos and Agriculture by ROOIBOS Ltd CEO Martin Bergh 

12:30 Lunch at Reinholds Restaurant – Boerbok Braai @ R70 pp

14:00 Caves of the Verloren Vlei by Prof. John Parkington of Clanwilliam Living Landscape, followed by a talk on the Eastern Cederberg Rock Art by Nick Wiltshire at Reinholds Restaurant

19:00 Leipoldt Dinner and Awards Ceremony by candlelight  in the Blommekerk

@ R200 pp

  • Sponsored by Rooibos Ltd & Cederberg Winery
  • 3 course dinner prepared by Floris Smit, Executive chef of Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, inspired by Leipoldt and Rooibos gastronomy
  • Heritage SA Awards – Local and National
  • Paul Murray and prof. Trevor Emslie entertains on stories about Leipoldts’ Colony
  • Prizes handed over to the winners of the local Heritage writing competition. (categories gr. 8 to 12, and open)
  • Violin music to remember the Meisiekind Predikant by
  • Our local drama group presents Poetry in Motion
  • Reservations essential / Dress code semi-formal 

Saturday 17 October

 Michaels on Park, Patrysvlei farm, Traveller’s Rest

Optional transport from Michaels on Park to Patrysvlei and Traveller’s Rest @ R100 pp 

08:00 Welcome Tea/coffee at Michaels on Park

08:15 Third raising of the Clanwilliam Dam and the impact on historical artefacts. Removal of Rock Art panels and the conservation thereof by Wouter Fourie from PGS Heritage at Michaels on Park

09:30 Rooibos punch at Patrysvlei farm @ R35 pp

   10:00 The Story of a Clanwilliam farm: the history and archaeology of ‘Warmhoek’  by Yvonne Viljoen at Patrysvlei Farm

11:30 Time and Conservation of the Valley at Traveller’s Rest – Khoisan Kitchen

  • Refreshments on arrival

11.45 The Heritage of Cedarwood by Dirkie Neethling and Barry Anderson

Exhibition on San crafts by San Alive (dr. Hélène de Kok) and local craftspeople

12:15 The challenges of conservation of our natural Heritage by Patrick Lane of Cape Nature

12:35 The challenges of conservation of our cultural Heritage by John Bergh of Patrysvlei farms

13:00  Open discussion: The future of sustainable heritage conservation in rural South Africa, facilitated by Len Raymond

13:30 Lunch at Khoisan Kitchen @ R150 pp


15:00 Walk the Sevilla Rock Art Trail at Khoisan Kitchen, accompanied by an experienced rock art tour leader

Alternative event :

15:00 Join Len Raymond and Gilbert Colyn on an architectural enlightening visit to Boskloof

We hope you enjoyed the Symposium,

Clanwilliam appreciates your visit!



The Rooibos Route

The Rooibos Route was launched during August 2014. It offers a wide variety of different Rooibos experiences, a unique way to learn more about rooibos on a selection of farms growing rooibos in the Clanwilliam region. From cultivation to history, activities and treats, there is something for young and old. You can plan your own trip to experience the above at leisure. Visit the Rooibos Route website – www.rooibos-route.co.za

Northern Cederberg

Depart from Clanwilliam on the R364, direction of Calvinia/Wupperthal. On this route you will find:

  • The ‘grave’ of C. Louis Leipoldt. Lovely rock art at the site
  • Kliphuis camping site
  • At the top of Pakhuis Pass, the starting point for the Heuningvlei Donkey Cart/walking trail with the most beautiful scenery. Booking is essential and can be done through Heuningvlei Tourism. Call 027 492 3070 for more information
  • The well-known rock climbing site, Rocklands, is on the same route
  • Alpha Excelsior, a small wine cellar. Wine tasting and cellar tours, wine and olive products are for sale. Open from Monday to Sunday, from 08h00 till 20h00. Bookings are essential, call Liz, James or Becky at 060 4332 559
  • Khoisan Kitchen farmstall / restaurant and rock art trails. The Rock Art trail is 1,5 km long (one way) and there are nine sites to be visited
  • Take the turnoff to Wupperthal, and visit the Biedouw Valley, a highlight during flower season
  • The Moravian Mission Village, Wupperthal. Visit the shoe factory, rooibos tea factory and the Red Cedar rooibos soap factory. Light meals are available at the Lekkerbekkie restaurant, but bookings are essential if you would like a traditional meal to be prepared – 027 492 3740.
  • From Wupperthal you can either return to Clanwilliam or
  • drive the 4×4 route via Eselsbank towards the Southern Cederberg

 4×4 vehicles only

Southern Cederberg

Depart from Clanwilliam on the Old Cape Road in a southern direction passing the  Information Office.

  • Drive for about 8 km and turn left at the Cederberg sign. On a scenic drive to Algeria, look out for Brachycarpea, Protea and Leucodendron specimen during the flower season. To hike in the area, a permit must be obtained from Algeria forest station. There is a short hike of three hours from Algeria camping site to the beautiful waterfalls. Contact Algeria at 027 482 2403
  • Drive another 30 km to the farm Dwarsrivier, home of Cederberg Wines. This wine cellar is the highest cellar above sea level in Southern Africa. A beer brewery facility is the latest addition to the farm. Bookings for beer and wine tastings are essential, contact 027 482 2825 for more information. Another attraction at Dwarsrivier is an observatory which is only open on Saturdays, weather permitting
  • Visit the Stadsaal caves a few kilometres from Dwarsrivier, or view the Maltese Cross (3 to 4 hour walk), Lot’s Wife and Window Rocks, as well as the Wolfberg Cracks and Arch (8 hour walk). Permits for all the above can be obtained at Algeria or at the farm Dwarsrivier
  • From here, drive towards Ceres, or venture on a circular route through the Cederberg towards Wupperthal if you have a 4×4 vehicle
  • Hike the Cederberg – The Map
    Interesting and useful blog about the Cederberg, including articles on The Cederberg Heritage Route, Cederberg Maps, Cape Leopard Trust, Cederberg Touring Map and many more. Also links to Peter Slingsby’s fabulous maps of the area.

Route to Lambertsbaai

Depart from Clanwilliam on the R364 to Lamberts Bay.

  • 15 from Clanwilliam, turn right at the Skurfkop dirt road. Drive for 3.3 km to Elandsberg Eco Reserve. Rooibos tours include rock art, beautiful rock formations, the rooibos tea plantation, nursery and factory. Fynbos tours also available. After the tour, enjoy a cup of rooibos tea and buy the different products in their shop. Traditional meals are also offered by prior arrangement. Contact Chris or Annette on 027 482 2022.
  • Drive back to the R364 and turn right towards Graafwater. At Graafwater turn right, drive straight through town and onwards for about 16 km to the Heerenlogement, an overhanging cliff that was used as an overnight stop for the early travellers. Close to the Heerenlogement is the Zink Blokhuis/fort which was used during the Anglo Boer War, on the farm Graafwaterplaas. The Oloff Bergh Fonteijn on the farm Klipfontein is also in the region of the Heerenlogement.
  • Continue onwards on a circular route to Lamberts Bay, or make your way back to the R364 and turn right towards Lamberts Bay. Visit Bird Island, home to a colony of Cape Gannets. There are also other activities around Lamberts Bay, visit their website for more information – lambertsbay.co.za
  • From Lamberts Bay, drive south to Elands Bay and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Verloren Vlei. On the way to Velddrif, sleep over at Rocherpan, a

coastal nature reserve teeming with birds and colourful wildflowers. The reserve, which lies 25km north of Velddrif on the Cape West Coast, consists largely of a seasonal vlei that is usually dry between March and June. Rocherpan was established as a nature reserve (930 hectares in size) in 1966, and the adjacent section of the Atlantic Ocean was declared a marine reserve in 1988 (150 hectares in size).

Office numbers 079 203 1092 or 079 754 1866

Visit www.capenature.co.za for more information on camping sites, hikes and general information on nature reserves in our region.

N7 South – Paleisheuwel Road
Driving about five kilometres from Clanwilliam towards Cape Town, take the Paleisheuwel turnoff to your right. Follow the dirt road to the top of the Swartberg Mountains, between orchards, vineyards and fields. Beautiful views and mountain scenery.
Ends back on the N7 on top of Piekeniers Pass

N7 South – Citrusdal

  • Citrusdal is a 40 minute drive towards Cape Town on the N7. Visit the Citrusdal Museum and Sandveldhuisie depicting early pioneer days. An original signal canon on the school grounds used to signal the arrival of ships in Table Bay. Info office 022 921 3210.
  • The Baths, with its Natural Hot Water Springs of 43º Celsius, is situated 20 minutes drive from Citrusdal on a citrus farm in the scenic Olifants River Valley. Established in 1739 this self-catering resort, with handsome Victorian-style stone buildings, maintains an old world charm in a scenic, rural setting. thebaths.co.za
  • The Old Village, Modderfontein was established during 1725 in the Elephants River Valley by the Dutch East India Company. The first structures on the farm are still standing today in their original state, almost 300 years later. co.za
  • On top of Piekeniers Pass, have an excellent cup of coffee at Hebron, and visit Kardoesie for great treats to take home.

Wine tasting trip from Clanwilliam to Vredendal

Take the N7 North, drive towards Klawer.

  • About 2 km from Klawer, visit the Klawer Wine Cellars (027 – 2161530) for a wine tasting, especially the Rooibos Infused Vermouth, Hanepoot and Muscadel. The Birdfield grape juice is also lovely

Turn left at Klawer, drive on towards Vredendal.

  • Look out for the Teubes Wine Estate,(027 – 2132377) try the Malkopbaai, Sir Lambert and Teubes wines
  • Next in line is Spruitdrift – at Die Keldery Restaurant (027 – 213 3699) you can taste the Namaqua range, and buy all wines produced in the Vredendal area. Lovely setting.
  • The Vredendal Nursery has a lovely coffee shop/ lunch – The Lemon Tree Restaurant (027 – 213 2253) – nice selection of cakes, also a wine tasting venue for their Desert Rose


Carry on into Vredendal, at the robot with a church on the opposite left hand side, turn right towards Van Rhynsdorp. Drive into Van Rhynsdorp, at the T junction turn left, on with this main street up to the first stop, turn right, and left at the stop. The Kokerboom Succulent Nursery is about 500m down the road on the right hand side. Good coffee shop. Drive back on the N7 towards Clanwilliam.


Carry on into Vredendal, and straight on with this road for about 20 km. Turn left at the Strandfontein/Doringbay turnoff, onwards for about 32 km – Strandfontein on your right hand side is where all the locals have holiday houses. Back onto the main road, another 5-8 km to Doringbay … drive down to the harbour to the Friars Cove wine tasting venue, try the Bay to Bay and Bamboesbaai  ranges … vines planted amongst beach vegetation! (027 – 213 2312) www.fryerscove.co.za

From Doringbaai  take the short gravel road to Lambertsbay and home to Clanwilliam, or the long tar road to Vredendal, Klawer and Clanwilliam.











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