Wupperthal Mission Village

Wupperthal Riel Dancers
NOTE: The Moravian mission village of Wupperthal suffered a horrendous fire in the Summer of 2019. They are rebuilding it. However we strongly suggest that you enquire first at the lodge, before planning a visit. As we would not want you to be disappointed! (It is over an hours' drive each way!)

The pictursque, but somewhat delapidated mission station of Wupperthal was founded in the early 19th century. Yet it remains quiet and seemingly untouched by the 21st century. Indeed some villagers still travelling by donkey and cart. (Though you do see a fair new satellite dishes protruding from the old white-washed thatched cottages...)

Wupperthal mission still remains the heart of a small subsistence-farming community. It is home to a local industry producing velskoene, a traditional soft leather shoes. These are very comfortable and well worth a purchase.

It's a small village, so the journey TO the village, as much as the destination, which is the adventure. It takes approx 60-75 minutes (approx 70km) to get to Wupperthal, through the folded mountains of the unique Tanqua-Karoo scenery. 

Wupperthal is not part of our excursions at Cederberg Ridge. So it can only be visited on a self-drive basis. The first 42km is tar (and takes 35 minutes or so.) The remaining road (26km or 25-30 minutes) is grave. It can be very corrugated (bumpy) in places. We strongly recommend an SUV-type vehicle.

Tip: We recommend combining a visit to Wupperthal with the Sevilla rock art trail (2½ to 3 hours for the trail) if you have time.

Similarly during the flower season (August), you could add on a visit to Wupperthal to a visit to the Biedouw Valley. As you pass through the Biedouw valley en route to Wupperthal. It is only another 13km (or 12-15 minutes drive) on from the Bieudouw Valley turnoff.


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