We had the opportunity to visit the town of Bredasdorp when we took part in the Voet van Afrika Marathon this past weekend. The town is situated in the Cape Agulhas region of the Western Cape and claims to be the first town or dorp to be established in South Africa.
Apart from being a big producer of wheat and protea flowers, Bredasdorp is also well known for having South Africa’s only Shipwreck Museum (which was sadly closed on this weekend). The museum has an extensive collection of artefacts from ships wrecked along this coastline … one can see cannons, coins, chinaware and ship bells. One of the rooms at the museum is a tribute to Audrey Blignaut, a South African author born in Bredasdorp.
The wheat fields that surround the town attract many different birds; we were lucky enough to see 13 Blue Cranes in one field alone and although not avid birders ticked off our first ‘lifer’; a Cape Teal duck merrily paddling around a farm pond! Hueningberg Nature Reserve is a must if you enjoy the great outdoors – there are lots of walks available. Bredasdorp and the area around it is a wonderful place to visit and at just over two hours from Cape Town, it’s the perfect distance for a weekend getaway.