Tourist brochures speak about Genadendal as a ‘must do’ when in Greyton. The quaint little historical village just six kilometres outside of Greyton is described as the oldest Moravian mission village on the continent, never mind South Africa, and as a village ‘frozen in the past’ with streets of gorgeously neat little thatched white-walled cottages.
Genadendal is ’n dorp in die Wes-Kaap (Suid-Afrika). Dit is amper anderhalf uur van die Kaap af op die platteland in die Overbergstreek
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This description is partly true — the carefully maintained history and buildings are beautiful. Some of them date back as far as 1738 and a visit here is definitely worth it to soak up the history of this missionary town. But what descriptions don’t include is that to reach the carefully maintained historical buildings, you have to drive through the abject poverty that is Genadendal’s outlying community.
Long forgotten home
At the centre of Genadendal are the remains of a missionary village, started by Georg Schmidt, a German missionary of the Moravian Church, an evangelical Protestant denomination, who came here to evangelise among the Khoi people so many years ago.
The people here are proud of their history, and the beautifully preserved buildings in traditional Cape style surrounded by oak trees are really worth seeing.
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