Napier is a village at the foot of the Soetmuisberg, between Caledon and Bredasdorp. A blend of century-old cottages and modern houses, surrounded by the rolling farmland which typifies the Overberg region of South Africa, give the village a rural atmosphere.
Napier is rated by the Tourism Board as the fourth most attractive village of the Western Cape after Montagu, Greyton and McGregor.
Peace and quiet is the order of the day, but on Saturday mornings guests can feel part of the village and meet the locals at the Village Market from 9am till midday.
Attractions include various art galleries, a giant sundial at the municipal offices, and an Ox Wagon monument (Kakebeenwa) to commemorate the Ossewa Trek of 1838. The ox wagon monument has an impression of a wagon wheel track made in concrete to commemorate the exodus of dissident Afrikaners from the Western Cape.
In the past, Napier’s main craftsmen were blacksmiths, a heritage which is commemorated by annual festivals. Other annual events are the Patatfees (Sweet Potato Festival), every June, and the “Voet van Afrika” (Foot of Africa) Marathon which is run in mid-September.
Napier is central to all the Overberg attractions such as whale watching, the Southernmost Tip of Africa, shark-cage diving, museums etc.
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