Genadendal (Valley of Grace) is approximately 90 minutes drive east of Cape Town in the Riviersonderend Mountains.
Genadendal has a rich spiritual history and was the first mission station in southern Africa. It was founded by Georg Schmidt, a German missionary of the Moravian Church, who settled on 23 April 1738 in Baviaans Kloof in the Riviersonderend Valley and began to evangelise among the Khoi people.
At one stage Genadendal was the largest settlement in the Colony after Cape Town and the mission station developed into a self- sufficient community. Home industries flourished, including amongst others the forging of knives (the well known herneuters) and Genadendal became an important educational centre.
The first Teachers' Training College in South Africa, now the Museum building was erected in 1838.
The old church buildings, the manse, the Memorial Garden, tannery, printing works, the store and a water mill all take visitors back into the Cape’s earliest origins.
Staying over in Genadendal, you’ll find yourself lost in the history of this Cape oasis – almost as if lost in a time gone by.
The Moravian Church is known for its talented choir and brass band performances.
Mission Museum, Genadendal's museum collection has been declared a National Cultural Treasure and is definately worth a visit.
Genadendal Hiking Trail
Genadendal is the start and finish of a 2 day trail that leads to Robertson and back.
The trail is fairly strenuous, leading through private property and traversing the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve that lies in the Breede River valley, about 15 km south of Robertson on the McGregor road. The trail provides panoramic views of the Overberg as well as the Worcester-Robertson Karoo.
To get to Genadendal take the N2 east from Cape Town over Sir Lowry's Pass. Just before Caledon turn left onto the R406 to Greyton and Genadendal. 32 km Further Genadendal will be on your left.