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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... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
Peter F
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Hermanus, South Africa
Tranquil retreat, preserving old ways.

This is the oldest mission station in southern Africa and seeing it was established by a German... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
tgwwgtTravel
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Hermanus, South Africa
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 November 2012

This small town neighboring the more famous Greyton is a trip to the past. The historic buildings, slave bell, huge oak trees and mission station are from days long gone. There is a calm and tranquil feel as you wander around. An enjoyable place to...More

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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...More

1  Thank nickytravels2014
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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

This is a historical and architectural gem and it is quite clear why Nelson Mandela renamed his home after it! The museum is full of interest, but the museum precinct itself held the most interest to me. There was no guide on hand, which was...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2017

This South African hidden jewel is a must for local and international visitors. So much valuable history of which very few people know. It is lovely to walk amongst the large old trees and visit all the various areas. The old mill is still functioning...More

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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...More

Thank Peter F
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....More

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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.

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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...More

1  Thank nickytravels2014
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...More

Thank Geo H
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...More

1  Thank Retired_Gentleman
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....More

Thank Anne M
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...More

1  Thank Steve C
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