Mamre - Visit the Historical Mission Village - West Coast

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Mamre Village is situated just off the R307, between the towns of Darling and Atlantis. Mamre Village has a long and chequered history that can be traced back to the late 1600’s and not many years after Jan van Riebeek landed at the Cape

Mamre Village is a National Heritage Site with some of the buildings being erected as far back as 1692. In 1682, the original farm where Mamre stands today was called Groenekloof and in 1697 it was named “De Kleine Post” 

The name was again changed in 1854 to Mamre which is written about in Genesis Ch13 v18 as the place where Abraham lived in the shadow of the great trees near Hebron. Today, standing in Mamre, and looking up at the trees and the huge boulders one can understand the connection. 

At Mamre you can tour the village by way of the Mamre Donkey Trail. The Donkey Trail, with a qualified guide lasts just over an hour, and afterwards you are treated to a meal of traditional food alongside the river. You need to book in advance and the maximum per tour is 6. Groups of 12 can be accommodated in a “swop-over” arrangement, where half the group does the trail and the other half a tour of the old watermill and then they trade place. For more details and booking go to Mamre Donkey Trail.

For the more energetic, cross the stream via the bridge which is just past the church on the left( walk between the buildings) and wander up to the graveyard which overlooks Mamre. Some of the graves go back to the 1700’s. 

There is a small restaurant where you can enjoy tea or lunch and learn about the area from the friendly and ever smiling locals. 

It seems that despite long years where little was done to maintain the site, efforts are now being made to restore Mamre to its original condition and to recreate the lifestyle of a long forgotten era. 

We have some really interesting additional images on Facebook 

Getting to Mamre

From Cape Town City take the N2/N1, then take the N1 and just after that the R27 Paarden Eiland/Milnerton exit. Go north on the R27. Pass Melkbosstrand. And the Koeberg Power Station, then turn right onto the R307 to Atlantis, Mamre and Darling.

Turn left at the T-junction and when you get to Mamre take the second entrance to the town. Go down that road to the traffic circle. The Moravian Village is on your right.

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