The town was established in 1738 around the oldest Moravian Mission Station in Africa. Genadendal means “Valley of Grace” and was founded by George Schmidt, a Moravian church missionary sent to preach to the Khoi people. With a little imagination, the beautifully preserved village could transport you to life in the Cape two centuries ago.

Adventure And Sport

Genadendal Hiking Trail: The trail begins and ends at the mission station and meanders through the Riviersonderend Mountains.

Entertainment And Shopping

Moravian Church: The church is well known for its talented choir and brass band shows.

Watermill: The mill sells bread made from stone ground flour and is baked in an open-air oven.

History And Architecture

Genadendal Mission and Museum Complex: The complex exhibits the history of the first Moravian Mission Station in Africa, dating back to 1737. The first (unsuccessful) attempt to establish a mission was at this location.

Old Print Shop: The shop has one of the oldest mission printing presses in South Africa.

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