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Redelinghuys
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Redelinghuys
190km northwest of Cape Town in the Bergrivier sub-region.


The peaceful village of Redelinghuys lies hidden between patches of blue gum trees and is surrounded by a rocky hillside. The famous Verlorenvlei (RAMSAR site) stretches from the upper reaches at Redelinghuys 30km north and fl ows into the Atlantic Ocean at Elands Bay. It is an excellent base for day trips to the seaside or to explore the scenic countryside. Verlorenvlei is renowned for its prolific birdlife, indigenous fynbos, flora & fauna, potato farms and unspoiled nature. During the flower season, July - September, a kaleidoscopic carpet of sweet-smelling wildfl owers springs to life. Among many others, daisies, chinckerenchees, belladonna lilies, arum and Pink Afrikaner (red lily), also called the Sandveld Lily, can be seen. Redelinghuys is known as the Potato Capital of the Sandveld, as only the best potatoes are grown here and is also the area where the rooibos grows in its natural state and where the unique Rooibos tea is freely available. Various hiking trails meander through spectacular scenery and ancient rock formations. Military history was made at Vegkop along the vlei, where Boer lead Brit into a skirmish at the end of the 19th Century. An exciting re-introduction of wildlife is currently underway and will further enhance the region as a get-up-close-and-personal with nature destination.

 

TOURIST INFORMATION
Piketberg Tourism Bureau, Museum Complex, PO Box 101, Piketberg, 7320
Tel/Fax: 022 - 913 2063
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:30-13:00, 14:00-17:00
Sat: 10:00-13:00

 

EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Police – Tel 022 962 1620
Ambulance – Tel 022 913 1865
Clinic (Mon: 09:00-15:00 Fri: 09:00-15:00) – 022 962 1810

 


What to do

Vegkop
(Skirmish between Boer and Brit 11 Dec 1899)

Verlorenvlei (RAMSAR protected area)
Tel 022 962 1650

Jakkalskloof homestead 1843
Klaarfontein Homestead ruins
(where Lady Anne Barnard visited)

Kruithuis (over 100 years old)
Tel 022 962 1650

Die Ou Pastorie – renovated as a residence.
Tel 022 962 1650

Dutch Reformed Church Bell Monument – original copper bell circa 1864.
Tel 022 962 1650

Old Church – renovated as a residence
Tel 022 962 1605

Bird watching, Cycling, 4x4 trails, Mountain biking, Hiking, Quad biking, Freshwater fishing & canoeing (where permitted), jogging and leisurely walks. Tel 022 962 1650

 

Goudkop Bush & Detox Camp
Facilities on site: Hiking Trails, Game Drives, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, & Sauna. Hydrotherapy facilities and Detox programs are available on request.
R365, Elandsbaai Road, Piketberg
Tel: 022 962 1639 / 022 962 1669 / Cell: 072 207 4492
Email: goudkop@kingsley.co.za / Website: www.goudkop.co.za
GPS Coordinates: 32°33'43.46"S, 18°40'27.96"E

 

Jakkalskloof 4x4
Facilities on site: 4x4, Khoi-San Markings, Rock Formations, Game viewing, hiking
Cell: 083 326 3474 / 082 413 2011
Email: jakkalskloof4x4@mweb.co.za / Website: www.jakkalskloof.com
GPS Co-ordinates: 32°28'50.44"S, 18°35'47.22"E

 

 


Accommodation

Goudkop Bush & Detox Camp
(Self-Catering & Conference Venue)
Facilities on site: Hiking Trails, Game Drives, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, & Sauna. Hydrotherapy facilities and Detox programs are available on request.
R365, Elandsbaai Road, Piketberg
Tel: 022 962 1639 / 022 962 1669 / Cell: 072 207 4492
Email: goudkop@kingsley.co.za / Website: www.goudkop.co.za
GPS Coordinates: 32°33'43.46"S, 18°40'27.96"E

 

Jakkalskloof 4x4
(Camping & Chalets & Conference Venue)
Facilities on site: 4x4, Khoi-San Markings, Rock Formations, Game viewing, hiking
Redelinghuys
Cell: 083 326 3474 / 082 413 2011
Email: jakkalskloof4x4@mweb.co.za / Website: www.jakkalskloof.com
GPS Co-ordinates: 32°28'50.44"S, 18°35'47.22"E

 

 

Sandveld Dorpshuys***
(Self-Catering, Campsites, B&B)
Facilities on site: Mini animal farm, kiddies playground, enormous garden
14 Voortrekker Street, Redelinghuys
Tel: 022 714 3605 / Cell: 079 500 3335
Email: info@sandvelddorpshuys.co.za / Website: www.sandvelddorpshuys.co.za
GPS Coordinates: 32°28'36.90"S, 18°32'13.39"E

 


Restaurants

Dorpskombuis @ Sandveld Dorpshuys
Tel 022 962 1746 / 022 714 3605
Cell 079 500 3335
(GPS Coordinates: 32°28’36.90”S, 18°32’13.39”E)

 

Goudkop Bush & Detox Camp
Tel 022 962 1639 / 022 962 1669 / Cell 072 207 4492
Email: goudkop@kingsley.co.za / Website: www.goudkop.co.za
(GPS Coordinates: 32°33’43.46”S, 18°40’27.96”E)

 


Services

SERVICES & INDUSTRIES
Library. Tel: 022 962 1605
Oase General Dealer & BP. Tel: 022 962 1920

 

CHURCHES
NG Kerk Redelinghuys Tel: 022 962 1670
(GPS Coordinates: 32°28’47.35”S, 18°32’19.50”E)

 

SCHOOLS
Primary School Redelinghuys
Tel: 022 962 1660
Email: admin@redelinghuys.wcape.admin.za
(GPS Coordinates: 32°28’52.33”S, 18°32’11.50”E)
Redelinghuys Primary School. Tel: 022 962 1725



Arts & Crafts

Art Gallery at Tinie Rust Memorial
Tel: 022 962 1746 / 022 714 3605 / Cell: 079 500 3335
(GPS Coordinates: 32°28’36.90”S, 18°32’13.39”E)

 


VERLORENVLEI
32⁰ 19’ S through to 32⁰ 29’ S / 18⁰ 20’ E through to 18⁰ 32’ E
The vlei covers an area of +/- 1500 ha.


OVERVIEW OF SITE
Verlorenvlei is one of the largest natural wetlands along the West Coast of South Africa and one of the few coastal fresh water lakes in the country. A small estuary connects the lake to the sea and marshlands are present along the main river which enters the lake. The vlei is an important feeding area for the rare white pelican (Peleanus onocrotalus).


PHYSICAL FEATURES
In evidence are “heuweltjies” or “hummocks”, and have been easily detected in both ground and aerial photographs, these could have been caused by calcareous layers and a higher clay content which were derived from old termitaria or due to the activities of the mole rats.

The low-lying sand flats occur to the north and the east of the lake and slope gently upward to a series of low hills (Table Mountain Group – Pikenierskloof Formation) and this in turn forms the catchment boundary in this area.

The south-side of the lake lies up against a range of low sandstone hills (Table Mountain Group – Klipheuwel Formation) with Muishoekberg (300m) being the most prominent outcrop in this area.

The combined vlei, the southern hills and the north-east heuweltjies / hummock all lie on a NW/SE plane and these physical features follow the direction of geological faults running through the area.


CATCHMENT AREA
Three of the rivers fall within the area controlled by the Swartland Divisional Council, while one falls within the Cedarberg Divisional Council area.

The catchment area is bounded by the
a) Swartland and Olifantsrivierberge in the east
b) includes the Eendekuil basin, a low-lying area lying between the Olifantsrivierberge and the Piketberg.
c) Piketberg in the south

The Verlorenvlei River and its tributaries drain the entire Eendekuil basin (which consists of the Table Mountain Group around Paleisheuwel, the northern outlying area of Piketberg, the extensive flats between Het Kruis and Redelinghuys as well as the 5km strip of low hills and sand flats on the either side of the lake).


BIRDS
In two surveys carried out by the Western Cape Wader Study Group during January and February 1976:
934 and 1 371 waders respectively were recorded in the lower reaches of Verlorenvlei (Summers et al. 1977).

In an analysis of resident and migrant waders from the same survey data, migrants constituted 95% of the wader population.

In a survey of the whole Verlorenvlei area in December 1980 by Underhill and Cooper (1983), 3 655 waders were reported, of which 2 829 were migrants and 727 residents.

This same survey yielded a total of 6 829 birds of 60 species in the environs of Verlorenvlei.

Verlorenvlei’s importance as a bird habitat is not restricted to waders. The vlei provides feeding, nesting and roosting sites for many bird species. There are around 200 species of birds in the surrounding area.

It is an important moulting area for Egyptian Geese and other waterfowl.

Waterbirds seen at Verlorenvlei include herons, egrets, ibises, spoonbills and flamingos. The presence of Glossy Ibises, and African Spoonbills is important, since these species are uncommon in the south-western Cape (Cooper 1976).
Flamingos appear at Verlorenvlei when other vlei area, such as Rocher Pan 35km to the south, and Wadrifsoutpan 13km to the north, dry up. Flamingos are listed in the South African Red Data Book as requiring conservation (Brooke 1984).

Other Red Data Book species include the Little Bittern and the Caspian Tern. The area is possibly also an important moulting ground and summer refuge for ducks, with 600 Cape Shoveller and 1 200 Yellow-billed duck being observe in May 1979 (Heyl 1985 pers comm).
In addition, Verlorenvlei is a type locality for several species of birds, including the White-backed Duck (Cooper 1976).

Up to 150 Great White Pelicans were counted by the Fitz Patrick Institute in 1976, representing 26% of the total south-western Cape population (Cooper 1976). In March 1982, there were 212 pelicans were counted. The Great White Pelican is rated as rare in South Africa, and therefore in need of special protection (Brooke 1984).


MAMMALS
There is very little information on the mammal populations at Verlorenvlei, and both archaeological and historical evidence suggests that numerous larger animals were present in the past.

A past survey by Stuart (1981) indicated that the following carnivores were present in the vicinity: Bat-eared Fox; Cape Fox; Black-backed Jackal; Striped polecat; Small-spotted Genet; Suricate / Meerkat; Yellow Mongoose; Cape Grey Mongoose; Water Mongoose; Leopard; Wild Cat; Caracal

The following mammals have been noted in the surrounds of Verlorenvlei: Baboon; Porcupine; Cape Clawless Otter; Honey Badger; Aardworlf; Antbear; Rock Dassie; Steenbok, Grysbok; Grey Duiker; Grey Rhebuck


TERRESTRIAL VEGETATION
Rare plant species which have been recorded from this area include Ferraria foliosa; F. densepunctulata, Cerycuim venom (presumed extinct) and Cullumia floccose.


CONSERVATION EDUCATION
The rich bird life, archaeological sites and other features of the area provide enormous opportunities for environmental education programmes.
The area also provides opportunities to illustrate the detrimental consequences of ill-considered land-use practices, and when proposed conservation measures are implemented, the beneficial results of such measures and sustained land-use practices.