Western Cape DestinationsEbenhaezer, Cape West Coast
Ebenhaezer is rural village on the Cape West Coast of South Africa, where the fishing villages complement the farming communities within naturally spectacular surrounds. This little community gets to enjoy the annual bloom of the Namaqualand wild flowers, which blanket the area in colourful array over August and September, and continue to be a major draw card for tourists from all corners of the world.
Ebenhaezer is a tranquil little agricultural village that is occupied mainly by the local farmers. These ones farm paprika, coriander, lucerne, beans, cattle and sheep here. The fields make for breath-taking scenery and the grazing animals add to the charm of the area. It is near the mouth of the Olifants River, which is an important source of water for irrigation, but also a natural treasure in the midst of the gorgeous countryside of the Cape West Coast.
Ebenhaezer is very close to Papendorp, about 55 kilometres from Vredendal and less than 80 kilometres from the N7 highway. It was established as part of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in the mid-19th century, after having been set up as a Rhenish mission in 1831. This gives it the added air of history and heritage, in addition to its unspoilt prettiness.
Visiting Ebenhaezer and the neighbouring villages transports visitors to the old-world allure of yesteryear; when life was simple and the people real.