Elim which means 'place of God', some might think it got this name for it's location in the heart of the heavenly Overberg but this town was named after the place were the Israelite's rested after they crossed the Red sea.
This little town is hidden half-way between Gansbaai and Bredasdorp on a dirt-road. The town was originally started as a mission station at the order of Bishop Peter Hallbeck of the Moravian Brotherhood, on the still existing farm
The towns thatched roofed and white washed historic buildings, attract both local and international clients to the town yearly. These buildings dates back to the 19th century.
The Church Square and Watermill has both been declared a national monuments. The towns church bell was acquired in 1914, but has been used since 1764 when it was already operating in a German Church in Hernhut.
The original School a dark-red plastered building has been converted into the towns Municipal Library. The town has a small Guesthouse in the Church Square perfect for visitors who really wants to take in the ambiance of the Town
Lying between lush green hills and the magnificent cape agulhas coast line is a small Agricultural town Bredasdorp. Bredasdorp claims to be the first 'dorp' of South Africa, established in 1838 by Micheal van Breda. Being the center to quiet a few smaller towns and farms in the area Bredasdorp is upgrading their infrastructure at every change they get and has recently under went quiet a few changes.
Bradasdorp has manage to up keep quiet a few of their historic buildings one of them being the beautiful white church in the center of town. Another is The shipwreck Museum the only of it's kind in South Africa. The Shipwreck museum tells visitors the stories of all the ships that has been wreck on the rocky Southern Africa coast line and honor all the lives that was lost. The earliest known wreck being the Zoetendal of 1673 the first recorded wreck on our coastline.
Bredasdorp is the perfect stop over for holiday makers on their way to Arniston, Struisbaai and L'Agulhas. Bredasdorp also draws hundreds of farmers from all over the Overberg for it's annual Agri Mega Week, this festival usually takes place somewhere around the months of August and September.
Bredasdorp is definitely starting to BOOM and is showing no sign in stopping.