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Address: Church Square, Genadendal, South Africa
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Memorable and meaningful trip back in time

There is more than just the monument at Genandendal, there is a whole little sleepy living village and community, unspoiled by tourists. Genadendal is the oldest Moravian mission... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 September 2015
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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East London, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Genadendal Mission Station is an interesting aspect of RSA history. The buildings are well maintained and area is neat. You can see that until recently is was loving maintained. We arrived around 10am - tea time for the many employees. We felt like intruders, snooping around their cafeteria - not a single "hello" or "can I help you". We wondered... More 

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Cape Town
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

Enjoyed the museum and the whole area is exceptionally clean and well maintained. On the downside the associated text next to each display was not well presented. It was somewhat puerile. It resembled a school project. The Blacksmith's cottage is beautiful. We had coffee at one of the tea rooms at a fair price. The church was closed. I found... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

There is more than just the monument at Genandendal, there is a whole little sleepy living village and community, unspoiled by tourists. Genadendal is the oldest Moravian mission village on the continent, founded by a German missionary of the Moravian Church in 1738, and at its heart are the original little thatched and predominantly white-walled cottages. The centre of town... More 

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Thank Retired_Gentleman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

We spent a morning walking around this unique piece of South African history. The buildings have been restored to an exceptional standard and the museum staff are helpful and friendly. Don't miss the walk pass the Pear tree to the cemetery - it was facinating. All in all it was a morning well spent.

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Thank Anne M
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2014

I hadn't realised how fascinating the history of Genadendal was until I visited the museum. Part of me wonders how much better a place South Africa might have been today if the early missionaries there had been allowed to continue their development programmes in the local community. Anyway, politics aside, it is a clearly under resourced museum that has somehow... More 

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Western Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

A hidden gem. Worth a visit! Peaceful setting with lots of historical artefacts and beautiful thatched buildings to visit.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Well worth the time to walk through time! Made me appreciate where we have come from as recognised many gadgets/implements used even in my day (aged 65).

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

I was born and raised in Genadendal, and like many other "Genalers" had to move to cape town for further studies and job opportunities. Still try to break away from the city hustle and get back to my roots. During every visit I find it so rewarding and euphoric to sit down at this national monument and enjoy listening to... More 

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cape town
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2012

This small town neighboring the more famous Greyton is a trip to the past. The historic buildings, slave bell, huge oak trees and mission station are from days long gone. There is a calm and tranquil feel as you wander around. An enjoyable place to stop or to visit when staying in Greyton.

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