- Eastern Cape
Depending on the time of day the Bamboes mountains range in colour from a deep smoky blue to a purple red providing unique beauty and awe-inspiring sunsets. The Karoo has the largest variety of succulents found anywhere on earth. The wide, stark, open spaces provide a unique beauty in the vast plains – Hofmeyr is unusually beautiful and peaceful – the ideal spot for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts!
Hofmeyr is probably most well-known for the discovery of the Hofmeyr Skull, a 36 000 year-old homo sapien skull that was found in a dry bed of the Vlekpoort river, just outside Hofmeyr. The skull supports the hypothesis that humans evolved in Africa before 200 000 years ago.
Apart from its natural beauty and true peace and quiet, Hofmeyr also offers a true farm style country stall, with a small-town museum in the back, is close enough to Cradock to enjoy the attractions it has to offer and lies on the Freedom Trail, a mountain bike route between Cape Town and Durban.
Things to do and see
- Groot Doringhoek Pass
- MTB Freedom Trail Route
- Pink Church
- Mountain Zebra National Park
- Karoobos Farm Stall
- Hofmeyr Museum
Hofmeyr’s annual rainfall, approximately 395 mm, occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with February and March seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 19˚C.
There are daily flights into Port Elizabeth International Airport, 315 km away via the N10, the East London Airport, 322 km away via the N6 or Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein, 346 km away via the R390 and N1. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Hofmeyr was originally called Maraisburg, after one Daniel Marais, a local leading light who led the move to establish a new town and congregation in the area.
However, there was always the chance of confusion with the existing Maraisburg in the old Transvaal, so instead they named the town after Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr, a linguist and champion of the Afrikaans language - the man who campaigned for the recognition of Afrikaans in the late 1800s.
Jan Hofmeyr was said to be one of the first-ever white South African politicians to ever oppose racial segregation.
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