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It’s safe to say that Bonnievale is located in one of the most picturesque parts of the Western Cape. On the road entering the town, each farmer has lined their property boundary with a unique colourful plant or unusual tree, from red and yellow canna to white roses, pale green fever trees and purple jacarandas. This makes for a visually pleasing display.
The area was originally called Vale before a settler Christopher Rigg bought up the land, divided it into plots and called the village Bonnievale after his grandfather’s home in Scotland. He was to design an irrigation canal that ran from the nearby Breede River and, in parts, suspended around the side of a mountain, to reach the village. Unfortunately not much remains of his original design, however, cement canals still route water through to the farmlands.
Bonnievale is best known for the sweet wines, fruits and cheeses produced here and green fields extend as far as the eye can see. The town is a quiet refuge in attractive surroundings and visitors are treated to a friendly and warm welcome.
Top 6 reasons to visit Bonnievale
1. The Myrtle Rigg Church has a fascinating story to tell and is worth visiting. The church was built at the behest of Christopher Rigg’s ill 7-year old child, who asked him to build a church for the people of Bonnievale so that they ‘…can all become good people’. She died shortly thereafter and Rigg built a small stone church in her memory. The key to the church regularly goes missing, ask around enough and someone will open the church.
2. Several tour operators offer guided hikes through the Langeberg Mountains, this trail passes waterfalls and swimming spots before reaching an old stone leopard trap. Other items of interest include ancient ruins and eagle’s nests.
3. One of the oldest farms in the area, Weltevrede... Show more