The small settlement of Papendorp is situated overlooking the Olifant's River Estuary where the river enters the sea.

It has a beautiful view over the wetlands and river with a huge variety of bird species to be seen (183 species).
Papendorp derives its livelihood from fishing in the estuary and from salt gathering at the nearby salt pans. Salt is still processed in the traditional way.

Remnants of the old reed-and-mud houses where the fishermen dwelled in the past can still be seen as well as the rustic tittle church overlooking the river mouth. At the community needlework project beautiful hand embroidered linen can be bought.

Another attraction is archaeological remains in the form of shell middens.

Papendorp is one of the few remaining places where you can see the simplicity of life in its purest form as it used to be along the entire West Coast.
  • Papendorp


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On the Olifants River estuary; 88km from the N7