This town was laid out in 1838 and is named for the victor of the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington. The valley in which the town lies was once called Limietvallei (“Border Valley”) as it used to be the border of the Dutch East India Company’s holdings in the Cape. Wellington lies at the foot of the Groenberg (“Green Mountain”) on the banks of the Kromme River. Wellington is a small, quiet town with many sites of historical interests and buildings of Cape Dutch architecture. It is known for its leatherwork industry and as the headquarters of the dried fruit industry.
Adventure And Sport
Bain’s Kloof Hiking Trails: Bain’s Kloof has several hiking trails through a landscape of the most beautiful species of wild flowers.
Horse Trails: Guided horse trails can be organised through the Hawequa Mountains.
Mountain-bike Trails: The Hawequa Mountains offer many exhilarating mountain-bike trails with breathtaking views over the Berg River Valley.
Rugby: Wellington is the administrative headquarters of the Boland Rugby Union and is the home of the Boland Stadium.
Dried Fruit: The headquarters of the South African Dried Fruit Industry is situated in Main Road. This company is the largest packer and marketer of dried fruit in the country.
Wellington Wine Route: The route covers a relatively small area and the farms lie within easy reach of each other. The route includes Bovlei Co-op, Cape Wine Cellars, Jacaranda, Retief Family Cellar, Wamakersvallei Co-op and Wellington Winery. The route is well-known for its exquisite red wines as well for its Chardonnay.
Entertainment And Shopping
Leather Factories and shops: The leather factories produce and sell an exclusive range of shoes. Other leather products can also be purchased, such as brief cases.
Fauna And Flora
Limietberg Nature Reserve: The reserve covers a large part of the Boland Mountains and consists of nine different hiking routes through lovely fynbos vegetation.
Bain’s Kloof Pass: The pass was opened in 1853 and is one of the most spectacular routes in the area. The pass links Wellington to Ceres and Worcester. Apart from the convenience of the pass, it is worth the trip just to see the beautiful views of the valley.
History And Architecture
Blockhouse: Dating back to the Anglo-Boer War, the blockhouse outside Wellington was built by the British to protect the railway line.
Buildings: The town is an architectural jewel, with many buildings of Cape Dutch, Victorian and American styles. The buildings are still in use today and can be viewed on a walking route through the town.
Clairvaux, Murray Jubilee Hall and Samuel House: The house used to be the residence of Dr Murray, the famous Scottish-born minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, and subsequently a missionary-training institute.
Coronation Arch and Victoria Park: A park forms the backdrop to the arch erected in commemoration of King Edward VII’s coronation in 1902.
Dutch Reformed Church: The church and the statue of Dr Murray date back to the 1840s. Dr Murray introduced the distinctive Scottish and American influences into the area.
Ferguson Hall: The hall is the home of Bible Media, publishers of religious literature and media.
Lady Loch Steel Bridge: This was South Africa’s first steel bridge and is still in use today.
Ouma/Granny’s House Museum: The museum is home to many unique and precious artefacts.
Stucki School: Many well-known South Africans attended this school, which dates back to 1860.
Wellington Museum: The Wellington Museum features the cultures of the various African groups as well as the cultures that had an influence on Wellington’s development.