- Western Cape
The Tortoise sets the pace
Sedgefield is situated in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Sedgefield, the secret gem of the popular Garden Route, is Africa’s first ‘Slow Town” affiliated to the founding organization, Italy’s Cittaslow. Evolving from the new concept, “conservation without boundaries”, the quaint town now falls within the Garden Route National Park. It is also a stone’s throw from other coastal towns along the Garden Route such as Knysna, Wilderness and George offering any holiday maker an abundance of activities.
In Sedgefield, visitors cannot help but, slow down to the speed of nature. Laze on the long stretches of golden beach, picnic next to the lagoon, go Bass fishing at Goenvlei Lake, enjoy a nature walk and explore the back roads and passes. For the more energetic visitor there is an abundance of watersport from waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing or take to the skies and try your hand at paragliding or bungee jumping! There are no Shopping Malls, just Saturday Markets that provide ample entertainment for the whole family.
All types of accommodation is available from timeshare, B & B’s, Guest Lodges, backpackers’ accommodation plus camping and caravan sites in the area.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Timberlake Village
- Goukamma Nature Reserve
- Swimming & Fishing at Swartvlei Lake
- Bushpig Hiking Trail
- Scarab Village Craft Market
- Wild Oats Farmers Market
- Greike’s Point
- Cloud 9 Lookout
- Sedge Links Golf Course
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 28˚C with high rainfall in March and October.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June.
March/April – Sedgefield Slow Festival: Held over the Easter weekend, the town comes alive with competitions, fashion shows, markets, boat races, Miss Sedgefield beauty pageant and plenty of food and entertainment.
The area of Sedgefield was first part of a farm called Ruigtevlei, owned by a former soldier named Johan Meeding. He was one of the first Conservators of the forests between 1778 and 1811. After he and his wife’s death the farm was sold off into Lots and Lot A & B would in time become Sedgefield.
The history of the town did come to be without complications and the two Lots of land passed hands a few times. In 1926 the lands of Lot A and B were offered to Thomas Moodie by the then owners Salmon Terblans. Unfortunately while Moodie was laying out the plans for Sedgefield Township the Terblans defaulted on the bond, the Thesen family who were the main bond holders reclaimed the land. The Thesens sold the dormant land to Blanckenberg Watney in 1948, his company’s name was Sedgefield Investments (Pty) Ltd and a few years after his death in 1952, his wife Elaine took over the administration of the Township.
Sedgefield had already been proclaimed a town in 1929 and was being managed by a Divisional Council of George. It was in 1956 that a Village Management Board was created. The town, with only one garage and a shop or two, grew literally by word of mouth – locals told friends who told family who started coming for holidays and buying small plots and building small cottages, happy to rough it for the pleasure of enjoying the breathtaking scenery.
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