Haarlem is a tiny village situated in the Langkloof Valley, just 29 km outside of Uniondale in the Western Cape. Dotted among farms are a few small villages including Avontuur, Misgund, Joubertina, Kareedouw and Louterwater, most of which lie on the well-known Route 62.
The area is popular with tourists taking scenic drives to explore the countryside between Plettenberg Bay and George. The area is rich with fynbos, incredible bird life and is also a hiking and mountain biking mecca. Haarlem is the western-most spot of the Valley, where the old Apple Express used to run, a truly breathtakingly beautiful area!
Visitors to the area are delighted with the wide open spaces, diversity, stunning scenery, magical flora and a few historical buildings and national monuments dotted inbetween.
Many travellers and holidaymakers make use of the town and surrounds as a base for day trips. The Langkloof Valley is well-known for their choice of quality accommodation including guesthouses, farm stays, self-catering cottages and camping sites. Alternatively book a stay along the coast in Plettenberg Bay, Knysna or Wilderness and make day trips inland.
Things to do and see
- Haarlem Lutheran Church
- Old Watermill
- Prince Alfred Pass
- Cycling Tours & Trail
- Birdwatching Hot Spot
- Plaaskind Padstal
- Uniondale Golf Course
- Uniondale Monthly Market
Haarlem receives approximately 710 mm of rain annually with rainfall throughout the year.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 26˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 4˚C and 20˚C.
First came the San, who left their traces in caves and overhangs all over these mountains. Then came the small livestock farmers of African origin and then Haarlem is believed to have been laid out as it is today by Heyns and Traut in about 1850 for Colonial settlers.
In 1860 it was purchased by the Berlin Missionary Society and named "Anhalt-Schmidt" after its donor in Germany, but the village had already been named Haarlem and bears that name today, presumably after the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands.
It was first established as a mission station for the local "coloured" population and any settlers who came after, these included settlers of German, Irish, and Scottish and Jewish descent.
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