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Oldest mission station in southern Africa

We visited this national monument on 11 February, a sunny Saturday morning. Church and restaurant were closed at that time. There are a multitude of thatched buildings which all... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
Peter F
Hermanus, South Africa
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Hermanus, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

We visited this national monument on 11 February, a sunny Saturday morning. Church and restaurant were closed at that time. There are a multitude of thatched buildings which all appeared to be relatively well maintained unlike most of the Genadendal village itself. The mission and church grounds are large and generally clean without any litter. Lose horses wander around grazing... More 

Thank Peter F
Hermanus, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

This is the oldest mission station in southern Africa and seeing it was established by a German missionary in 1738 it is well maintained. The church precinct is cool and traquil even on a stinking hot day because the old oaks create a cool canopy. We didn't spend long enough as here was lots to see. During the week there... More 

Thank Tweet G
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Genadendal is worth a visit, there is a lovelg museum that showcases developments in the area since the Moravian missionaries arrived here in 1738. Avoid the rest of the town, it is a dump.

Thank Hooggenoeg
East London, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Genadendal Mission Station is an interesting aspect of RSA history. The buildings are well maintained and area is neat. You can see that until recently is was loving maintained. We arrived around 10am - tea time for the many employees. We felt like intruders, snooping around their cafeteria - not a single "hello" or "can I help you". We wondered... More 

Thank nickytravels2014
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

Enjoyed the museum and the whole area is exceptionally clean and well maintained. On the downside the associated text next to each display was not well presented. It was somewhat puerile. It resembled a school project. The Blacksmith's cottage is beautiful. We had coffee at one of the tea rooms at a fair price. The church was closed. I found... More 

Thank Geo H
Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2015

There is more than just the monument at Genandendal, there is a whole little sleepy living village and community, unspoiled by tourists. Genadendal is the oldest Moravian mission village on the continent, founded by a German missionary of the Moravian Church in 1738, and at its heart are the original little thatched and predominantly white-walled cottages. The centre of town... More 

Thank Retired_Gentleman
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Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

We spent a morning walking around this unique piece of South African history. The buildings have been restored to an exceptional standard and the museum staff are helpful and friendly. Don't miss the walk pass the Pear tree to the cemetery - it was facinating. All in all it was a morning well spent.

Thank Anne M
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed 17 November 2014

I hadn't realised how fascinating the history of Genadendal was until I visited the museum. Part of me wonders how much better a place South Africa might have been today if the early missionaries there had been allowed to continue their development programmes in the local community. Anyway, politics aside, it is a clearly under resourced museum that has somehow... More 

1 Thank Steve C
Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

A hidden gem. Worth a visit! Peaceful setting with lots of historical artefacts and beautiful thatched buildings to visit.

Thank Emsin2014
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Well worth the time to walk through time! Made me appreciate where we have come from as recognised many gadgets/implements used even in my day (aged 65).

Thank Jenbee312659

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