The Hardeveld Route is an emerging tourism destination, aiming at bringing the benefits of tourism to the rural villages in the area. We are a growing destination, but bent on giving the visitor the best possible experience and whatever we advertise can be accessed by making arrangements beforehand.
Each village in the Hardeveld has something unique to offer the visitor.
Park your car anywhere at Nuwerus and take a stroll through the village, admiring the beautiful old buildings, amongst other the last complete corrugated iron house in the country. At Bitterfontein the railroad line ends and this is where the only green granite in the world is shipped from. Bitterfontein’s source of water is a desalination plant, where water from boreholes is desalinated.
To the east you will find Kliprand, a tiny village huddled in the vast plains of the Bushmanland, surrounded by stony hills studded with quiver trees. Visit the warm and bustling soup kitchen for a cup of hot soup and peep in at the Senior Citizen’s Club next door where they handpaint textiles.
Taking the winding road out of Bitterfontein towards the west, you will find the Catholic Mission Station of Rietpoort, framed between huge granite boulders. Northwest of Rietpoort lies the two rural settlements of Molsvlei and Stofkraal, both originally stockposts. Here the traditional way of life lives on with bread still being baked in outside clay ovens. Goat- and sheep farming is an integral part of these peoples lives and encountering a donkey cart with passengers along the way is a regular event.
In the Cederberg, tucked away in a ravine overlooked by giant sandstone cliffs is Algeria, sister to the villages in the Hardeveld. Algeria is worth a visit for the beautiful fynbos that surrounds it and the local ware that is sold at the Padstal.