Moravian missionaries founded Elim in 1824 and the whitewashed, thatched dwellings are reminiscent of this period. The quaint village is a national monument and today only members of the Moravian Church live in it. The fynbos in the area is truly magnificent.

Adventure And Sport

Spookdraai: The Spookdraai (“Ghost’s Corner”) Hiking Trail takes the hiker on a short journey through a landscape of fynbos, abundant bird life and historical sites. Several lookout points provide breathtaking views over the town and sea.

Fauna And Flora

Flower Shows: Elim hosts an annual flower show to showcase its unique fynbos.

Geelkop Nature Reserve: The Protea Prudens plant species is unique to the Geelkop (“Yellow Head”) Nature Reserve.

History And Architecture

Moravian Church: The church, the heart of the town, dates back to 1824. The clock, some 200 years old, is the oldest working clock in South Africa.

Watermill: The beautifully constructed watermill was built in 1833 and is the largest wooden waterwheel in the country.

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