- Western Cape
The Village with that Old-World Charm
Napier is situated just under two hours’ drive from Cape Town, at the foot of the Soetmuisberg. The small country town lies surrounded by bright yellow canola fields, barley and wheat.
Napier is known among its locals, and some visitors as "The village with the old-world charm". It is a typical old country village steeped in history where century old cottages blend with modern houses resulting in a delightful easy-going atmosphere. Napier has become a popular weekend getaway spot for city dwellers offering peace and tranquility in a pretty setting and a genuine kind-hearted, hospitable community.
Typically, Napier’s main road is lined with the prominent Dutch reformed church, houses and interesting stores selling antiques and various specialities. Restaurants, pubs and farm stalls abound in this village where you can enjoy anything from traditional country fair to French cuisine!
Napier is also centrally situated to explore the whole Overberg area which includes towns such as Caledon, Elim, Bredasdorp, L'Agulhas and more. The town features a range of places to stay, accommodation establishments include guest houses, B&B’s and self-catering units.
Things to do and see
- Napier Dutch Reformed Church
- Napier Brewery
- Napier Village Market
- Napier Sundial
- Moerse Farm Stall
- Cycling & Hiking Trails
- Nobunto Factory
- Enviro Wines, Bredasdorp 16 km
- Cape Agulhas National Park, 45 km
Napier receives approximately 483 mm, on average, of rain per year. The rainfall in Napier is significant, with precipitation even during the driest month.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C.
Napier and Bredasdorp were both established in 1838 when neighbours Michael van Breda and Pieter Voltelyn van der Byl could not agree where the church of the community should be. Two churches were built along with two separate towns, Bredasdorp and Napier.
Napier was named after the then Governor of the Cape, Sir George Napier.
The early 1900’s saw miners begin searching for gold on the farm Hansiesrivier. The Napier Gold Mining Company was established, shares were issued but it had a very short existence.
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