About Graafwater

The Herenlogement cave (national monument) which was used by travelers as overnight accommodation in the 17th and 18th centuries is 25 km from Graafwater on the Vredendal road. 

Graafwater lies midway between Clanwilliam and Lambertsbaai and was built as a railway junction in 1910, for the transportation of agricultural products from Clanwilliam and seafood products from Lambert’s Bay. The Herenlogement (‘gentleman’s lodging’) is a renowned cave found about 25 kilometers from Graafwater on the north road to Vredendal. The walls of this rock shelter were used to carve the names or initials of travelers of the 1700’s who stayed over in the cave and about 170 carvings have been recorded in this rocky ‘visitors book’. An account of the shelter was documented by Cape Governor Hendrik Swellengrebel who passed this way in 1737. He also mentioned a wild fig tree growing out of a cleft at the back of the cave that can be seen to this day. The Herenlogement has been declared a national monument. 

TOURIST INFORMATION 
Lamberts Bay Tourism Bureau, 5 Medical Centre, Main Street, LAMBERTS BAY, 8130
Tel: 027 432 1000 
Email: lambertsinfo@mweb.co.za | Web: www.lambertsbay.co.za | www.lambertsbaytourism.info
Open: Mon-Fri: 09:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00; Sat: 09:00-12:00 

ATTRACTIONS 
Herenlogement : overhanging rock used as overnight place by early settlers. Nearby is a zink blockhouse built during the Anglo-Boer war, 1902 - Tel 022 422 1108 
Oloff Bergh Stone & Fountain - On the farm Klipfontein - Tel 022 422 1723 

FAUNA & FLORA 
Sandberg Game Camp - Tel 027 412 2662 | Cell 072 220 0358 
Rock Art and rock formations - Tel 027 482 2022 

ACTIVITIES & RECREATION 
Boegoeberg 4x4, Camping and bungalow - Tel 027 482 2933 
Hiking Trails - Lambertshoek - Tel 027 482 2933 
Mountain-bike routes - Tel 027 482 2022 
Sandberg 4x4 (Donkieskraal) - Tel 027 412 2662 | Cell 072 220 0358 

ACCOMMODATION 
HOTEL 
Graafwater Hotel - Tel 027 422 1324 

SELF-CATERING - outskirts of town 
Elandsberg Eco Tourism Rooibos Tea - Tel 027 482 2022 
Jakkalsvlei - Tel 027 482 2729 
Sandberg 4x4 (Donkieskraal) - Tel 027 412 2662 | Cell 072 220 0358 

CARAVAN & CAMPING 
Lambertshoek - Tel 027 482 2933 
Boegoeberg – Tel 027 482 2933

RESTAURANTS 
Graafwater Hotel - bookings essential - Tel 027 422 1324 

CONFERENCE FACILITIES 
Library - Municipal - Accommodates 60-70 - Tel 027 422 1108 | Fax 027 422 1109 

SERVICES & INDUSTRIES 
Rooibos Tours African Dawn - Big Five Rooibos Company - Tel 027 482 2022 
Sandberg 4x4 (Donkieskraal) - Tel 027 412 2662 | Cell 072 220 0358 
Sandberg Game Camp - Tel 027 412 2662 | Cell 072 220 0358

LAMBERTSBAY TOURISM OFFICE

Contact us for more information:

027 432 1000 or lambertsinfo@mweb.co.za

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Police - 027 432 8260

Clinic - 027 432 1155
Dr. Hayes - 027 432 1136
Pharmacy - 027 432 1133
Fire Department - 027 482 1775
Ambulance - 027 482 2576
Cederberg Medical Rescuers - 10177
 

 

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