hardeveld

 Hardeveld, where pace is set by nature and not by people. 

The tone in the seven small Hardeveld villages (Nuwerus, Bitterfontein, Kliprand, Rietpoort, Molsvlei, Stofkraal, Putsekloof) is decidedly traditional. 

Soetsuurdeeg (“Sweet-sour dough”) bread is still cooked in outside clay ovens, time with friends and family is spent chatting and it is not a rare sight to see a donkey cart go by.

The Hardeveld’s people are its biggest asset: they are hospitable and love telling stories. It is rare to find a Hardevelder who cannot tell at least one good tale! The environment of the region consists of various landscapes, with the flowing lines of a granite hill in the Hardeveld stretching to the cold Atlantic Ocean. The Hardeveld is above all an area for taking a deep breath, sitting back on the stoep* at sundown and talking away into a night where it is still impossible for street lights to compete with the brightness of the stars.

*Afrikaans word for veranda.

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