Sedgefield – Slow Town

Lying between George and Knysna on the Garden Route and 490 km from Cape Town, Sedgefield is a beautiful seaside village surrounded entirely by lakes, sand dunes covered in fynbos, pine plantations, the Swartvlei Estuary and the Indian Ocean.

Described by some as a sleepy little village, Sedgefield borders the Goukamma Nature Reserve and the Wilderness National Park, leaving the visitor spoilt for choice when it comes to bird watching and walks through indigenous fauna and flora.

Groenvlei Lake, the only fresh water lake in the district, lies to the east of Sedgefield and is popular for its Bass fishing. The lake forms part of the Goukamma Nature Reserve, which stretches from the river of the same name all the way to Buffalo Bay, and has some of the highest vegetated sand dunes in the country.

The area around Sedgefield is a network of fynbos, lakeside and forest hiking trails, bearing names like the ‘Pied Kingfisher trail’ and the ‘Brownhooded Kingfisher trail’, meandering through rivers and forests. Maps for the walks are available from the Rondevlei Wilderness National Park office.


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Matterport 3D Showcase WalkAround™ immersive tour experience by jc3Dcx Photographer JC Coetzee.

3D Cape St.Blaize Cave – Mossel Bay

Cape St Blaize Cave

Situated directly under the Lighthouse, is the site of one of South Africa’s oldest archaeological excavations. First excavated in 1888 by George Leith, then by T. Rupert Jones in 1899, and by A.J.H (John) Goodwin in the 1920s.

The Cave has revealed deposits dating from about 200,000 years ago to the pre-colonial period, during which time middens were laid down by herders of the San people.


Excavations have revealed the earliest evidence for:

  • the systematic exploitation of marine resources such as shellfish;
  • the earliest evidence for the use of dyes in symbolizing;
  • the use of advanced bladelet technology; and
  • the earliest evidence for the use of heat treatment in the manufacture of stone tools

This site is protected as a Provincial Heritage Site by Heritage Western Cape.


Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse

In in 1864 it was built to designs by the Colonial engineer, R. Robinson. The original light on a masonry tower 20.5 meters in height, was stationary. In 1897 a revolving, clock-work light, which required winding every three hours, was fitted. This was used until the late 1970s. At present the light is fully automated.


Matterport 3D Showcase WalkAround™ immersive tour experience by jc3Dcx Photographer JC Coetzee.