This town, named after the treasurer of the London Missionary Society, William Hankey, was founded on the farm Wagendrift, the property of Dr John Philip. Dr Philip was instrumental in starting a method of irrigation that has far outlived him and still forms the basis of one of the oldest such systems in the country. He initiated operations to cut a 270-m tunnel through the hill separating the Gamtoos River and the farmlands. Today, Hankey is the administrative centre of the Gamtoos River Valley and a popular tourist destination.

Adventure And Sport

Andrieskraal Resort: The resort offers comfortable chalet accommodation and picnic spots at the Kouga Dam. Canoeing is also allowed.

Golf: The town boasts a nine-hole golf course.

History And Architecture

Old Cemetery: The cemetery is the last resting place of some of the town’s founders.

Sundial: What is claimed to be the largest sundial in Africa stands at the entrance to the town.

Toposcope: Visit the lookout point at Vergaderingskop where the town’s toposcope is erected.

William Hankey Tunnel: This is the original irrigation tunnel that carried water from the Gamtoos River to the farmlands. The tunnel is still in fine working order.

Fauna And Flora

Loerie Dam: Situated near the small town of Loerie, the dam is a bird­watcher’s and picnic lover’s paradise.

Stinkhoutberg Nature Reserve: The reserve is popular among nature lovers. Prior application needs to be made for permits, which can be obtained from the Otterford forestry area.

Yellowwood Park Resort: A lovely picnic area has been developed at Yellowwood, on the Gamtoos River, just outside the town. Various short walks lead to view sites overlooking the Gamtoos River and Kleinrivier Valleys.

Natural Wonders

The “Bergvenster” (”Window in the Mountain”): For a superb view of the Gamtoos River Valley climb to the “Bergvenster” view site, a window-sized hole on the mountain slope that was created by the forces of erosion.

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