Goedverwacht, which means “high expectations” was established in 1889 as a Moravian Mission station and is a place rich in history. Located in a fertile valley 144 kilometres from Cape Town, near the town of Piketberg and right next to sister mission town Wittewater, Goedverwacht is situated on land that originally belonged to farmer Hendrik Schalk Burger. In return for her loyalty and remaining on the farm to care for him (despite the emancipation of slaves) Hendrik Burger left his farm to his slave, Maniesa and her family, in his Will. The farm remained in Maniesa’s family until her last child, Hester, died (her grave can be seen in the graveyard) upon which her descendants sold the farm to the Moravian Missionaries for 750 Pounds.
This fascinating little settlement is characterized by historic whitewashed thatched homes with brightly painted windows and doors. The old water mill – now the Mill Museum, the parsonage as well as the church are all National Monuments and are well worth a visit. The beautiful and imposing Moravian Church, built in 1846 out of clay and stone, is truly a spectacular site to behold. Visitors can stock up on fresh locally grown produce at the Mission Store, enjoy a picnic in the picturesque surrounds, and, from mid-August to late September, enjoy the abundant wildflowers and fynbos in full bloom. The increasingly popular annual Goedverwacht Snoek & Patat fees is also a highlight on the town’s calendar.
Wittewater is 19km west of Piketberg in the Bergrivier sub-region.
Wittewater, situated between the towns of Piketberg and Velddrif, was originally established as a mission station in 1857 by German Moravian missionaries. The village, with its historic whitewashed and thatched houses with their brightly painted windows, clings to the slopes of the beautiful Piketberg Mountains and offers spectacular rock art sites, hiking trails, as well as being a wonderful location from which to view the world-renowned indigenous wildflowers during the Spring season.
The name, “Wittewater” or “white water”, refers to the seasonal waterfall behind the town, which makes itself apparent after abundant winter rains. There is a wide range of accommodation options and activities available in the nearby area for visitors and a visit to Goedverwacht, the sister mission town to Wittewater, is a must.
Piketberg Tourism, Padstal Building, Winkelshoek Complex, Piketberg, 7320
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