About Hankey Sundial

Nestled deep within the picturesque Gamtoos Valley in the Eastern Cape are three small towns - Loerie, Patensie and Hankey. Hankey is the oldest of these three, having been established in 1826. The surrounding landscape is characterised by beautiful, green hills and farmlands, which make this quiet little retreat even more alluring.

Hankey is also home to the largest sundial in Southern Africa and the Southern Hemisphere (and, quite possibly, the continent). The Hankey sundial was erected in 1989 at the entrance of the town, right below the Vergaderingskop Mountain.

It has an impressive diameter of 34.6 metres with a gnomon (the pole that casts the shadow) of 18 metres. It weighs a hefty one ton.

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WhereHankey, Gamtoos Valley, Eastern Cape, South Africa

WhenDaylight hours.

How muchFree

TelephoneNot applicable.

OvernightThe closest town is Hankey, in Eastern Cape


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