Situated on the banks of the Duivenhoks River, between the beautiful Langeberg Mountains and warm Indian Ocean, this quiet hamlet and second oldest town in the Hessequa lies in one of the most scenically preserved regions of the Western Cape. The town was established in 1855, forming around the Dutch Reformed church that drew farmers from as far afield as Swellendam and Riversdale. It was named in honour of the German town of Heidelberg, because of the Heidelberg catechism practiced in the church.

While it may have had a particularly pious beginning, there is a lot of humour and a sprinkling of wholesome mischief to be found among the residents who love a good story and are known to indulge in colourful descriptions of the characters and every day happenings of the area. During your sojourn you will no doubt get to experience ‘platteland’ lifestyle at its best, with slow organic cooking, long chats and leisurely exploration of the quaint art galleries, antique stores and coffee shops. Heidelberg is also the gateway to Grootvadersbosch, one of South Africa’s most well-preserved indigenous forests and home to an array of mountain biking and hiking trails.

quick facts

Founded: 1855

Population: 8 259


Heidelberg Info

Telephone: +27 (0)28 722 1068

Address: 50 Eksteen Street, Heidleberg

Website: www.heidelberginfo.co.za

contact via email

not to miss

  • Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
  • Newly Defined & African Pickers
  • Star Nation Art Studio
  • Biltong Factory
  • Fresh Frames & Bags
  • Inspired and SOON Furniture
  • Grootvadersbosch Conservancy MTB Trails
  • Farm Experiences

useful links


List of accommodation in Heidelberg


Police: +27 (0)28 722 1910

Ambulance: 10177

Doctor: +27 (0)28 722 2034

Explore this town

Heidelberg XC Track

Super fun little 3 km circular mountain bike loop in Heidelberg.

Grootvadersbosch Conservancy Trail Network

This MTB trail network showcases the natural diversity of the Langeberg Mountains from lowlands to mountain peaks The purpose built single track includes 4 mountain bike loops and includes 76 fence/river bridges.

Newly Defined & African Pickers

Enjoy a good old treasure hunt at Newly Defined & African Pickers in Heidelberg, Western Cape. This huge showroom boosts an endless variety of modern and retro antiques, collectables, design and lifestyle articles.

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