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The small tranquil rural village of Ebenhaezer lies on the Cape West Coast very close to Papendorp, about 55 kms from Vredendal and less than 80 kms from the N7 highway.
The town is within easy reach from Cape Town and so is, as with many other West Coast towns, a popular weekend getaway for Capetonians. Ebenhaezer is a tranquil little agricultural village that is occupied mainly by the local farmers, but its close proximity to other coastal towns such as Strandfontein and Lamberts Bay means it offers many attractions for its visitors. Farmers here farm paprika, coriander, Lucerne, beans, cattle and sheep - the fields and grazing animals make for stunning scenery and a true country charm.
Ebenhaezer also offers its visitors the annual colourful display of the Namaqualand wild flowers in August and September, a major draw card for tourists all over the world.
Ebenhaezer and its neighbouring villages take their visitors back to times when life was simpler, enjoy the beach, wine farms and quaint coffee and craft shops.
Ebenhaezer and the surrounding villages provide all types of accommodation from guest houses and B&B’s and to self-catering beach houses and seaside cottages.
Things to do and see
- Namaqualand Wild Flowers
- Olifants River Estuary
- West Coast National Park
- Papendorp Salt Pans
- Strandfontein Beach
- Swart Tobie Trail, Lutzville
- Lutzville Golf Course
- Bellpost Wines, Vredendal
- Namaqua Wines, Vredendal
Ebenhaezer receives approximately 98 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the winter months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 4˚C and 18˚C.
There are daily flights into Cape Town International Airport, 344 km away via the N7. Car hire facilities and taxis are available at the Airport.
In 1831 the town was originally set up as a Rhenish mission at the mouth of the Olifants River in the former Vanrhynsdorp district. It was Baron von Wurmb, who was also involved in the establishment of Wupperthal, who established the Mission.
When the Rhenish Missionaries withdrew from the country in the mid-19th century, Ebenhaezer became part of the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Sending Kerk ("Dutch Reformed Mission Church").
The name, a version of Ebenezer, is of biblical origin and means 'stone of help'.
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