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Riebeek Valley

Art OrchardOver the last years, the Riebeek Valley has become the touristic centre of the Swartland. In the pretty twin villages of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West a creative crowd of artists has settled. In Art Orchard in Sarel Cilliers Street in Riebeek Kasteel you will find a considerable collection of works by local artists and designers: paintings, jewellery, pottery and glass objects, cast iron products and much more. The town also impresses with its numerous, diligently resored Victorian and Cape-Dutch houses. Many coffeeshops and restaurants invite you to stay. The atmospere is peaceful and serene.

Smuts birth placeA worthwhile destination for the historically interested visitor is the farmhouse where Jan Christiaan Smuts was born. It lies near Riebeek West on the farm Ongegund, which is nowadays part of the PPC cement factory. General Smuts was born here in 1870 as the second child of a farmer's family and spent most of his childhood here.

Jan SmutsAfter his study of philosophie at Stellenbosch ging Smuts went into politics and became a member of President Paul Kruger's cabinet. After the Anglo-Boer War, Smuts worked for the reconciliation of the British and the Afrikaners. He founded the democratic United Party and is known as the architect of the South African Union. Smuts was Prime Minister until 1948, when he was defeated by D.F. Malan, who then initiated the Apartheid era.

Jan Smut's birth house is beautifuly restored, with all the original furniture. In the adjoining museum, the life and work of this highly esteemed politician is documented mainly with photos and newspaper articles. It is open daily except for mondays.


Wedding in Cape Town

Darling / Riebeek Valley /
Piketberg / Malmesbury

Travel Hints

Evita BezuidenhoutEvita se Perron
The theatre of Peter Dirk Uys alias Evita Bezuidenhout in Darling offers first class cabaret, comedy and music on the weekends. Detailed information on the current shows on the website Address: Evita se Perron, PO Box 175, Darling Station, Darling 7345, South Africa. Tel: (022) 492 2831/51, Fax: (022) 492 2831. Email:

Butter Museum
The museum lies in Pastorie Street and is open daily from 9 to 1 and from 2 to 4 o'clock, on sundays from 11 o'clock.

Wild Flower Show
The annual Wildflower Show is held in Darling on the third weekend in September.

Swartland winesSwartland Wine Route
This wine route starts in Malmesbury. The 11 wine farms on the route are widely spread out. The Swartland Wine Cellar in Malmesbury is very recommendable. Tel: (022) 482 1134/5/6, Fax: (022) 4821750. email. Open weekdays and saturdays from 8 to 5. There are several excellent wine estates in the Riebeek Valley area. The Allesverloren wine estate in Riebeek West is very beautiful. Open mondays to fridays from 9 to 5, saturdays only in the morning and closed on sundays. P.O. Box 23, Riebeek West, 7306. Tel: (022) 461 2589; Fax: (022) 461 2444. email.

Moorreesburg / Koringberg Accommodation

Cornberg Manor
Charming country retreat; self-catering units; excellent restaurant; many activities. Tel 0027 (0)22 423 8688. eMail

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