Wupperthal is located 72km from Clanwilliam in the heart of the Cederberg. Accessible only by very long dirt track through the rugged wilderness, arrival in this lush water-filled oasis offers a sense of idyllic existence that will make you want to linger. This was my second visit.
Established as a Moravian Mission station in 1865 by Theobald von Wurmb and Johan Gottlieb Leipoldt (grandfather of renowned writer C. Louis Leipoldt) the settlement was named after their home town in Rhineland.
Today there is a collection of beautifully maintained buildings, including the old Church, the ‘Velskoon’ Shoe Factory, a restaurant, the Red Cedar store and general trading store. A must!
The Old Missionary Church with its decorative flowers.
One of the most charming things about this village is the people and their neat thatched-roof cottages along the river, the market gardens, free roaming donkeys, sheep and cattle that all allow for a wonderful self-sustaining Community.
Between the rows of houses and the river there is a green barrier of fruit trees and arable land, planted to a variety ofcrops.
My favourite – Donkeys!
The Mission Store, where we bought meat for the evening braai. Well not for me of course, but for my travelling partners ….
The treelined avenue that leads to the Church.
Church Bell. How amazing is this!
Don’t be mislead by this signage, there is no petrol for sale here.
The water furrow that run through the town to irrigate the land and gardens, I couldn’t resist getting wet in.
Wupperthal is well worth the drive. And the drive is dramatic and beautiful. There are some options for staying over alternately the Cederberg offers an abundance of choice. The are deserves a long stay.