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

Eureka Mills

Eureka Mills uses uses quality local wheat to produce traditional unbleached stoneground flour, which they also use to bake delicious rusks and cookies with.

Biltong Factory

The most popular Biltong shop along the Garden Route, no road trip is complete without stocking up on biltong and droewors at Biltong Factory in Heidelberg, Western Cape.

Fresh Frames & Bags

Fresh Frames, based in Heidelberg in the Western Cape, produce a huge variety of quality, locally made picture frames and bags.

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