Explore Elim

Connect with our region’s rich cultural heritage.


This quaint village is also a member of the Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area, and a wonderful tourism destination.



Visit the town of Elim

The town (Elim means ‘Place of God’) was founded in 1824 by German missionaries. Even today Elim is only inhabited by members of the Moravian Church.

What to see in Elim:

  • The beautiful historic church is found in the heart of the town.
  • The town also has the only monument in South Africa commemorating the freeing of slaves in 1834.
  • And it boasts one of the last working water mills in the Western Cape province.
  • Stop in at the Elim Heritage Centre to find out more about this fascinating area.
  • Visit the Elim Home and Mispah School – and see the good work taking place at this school, which cares for children with disabilities.
  • Or stop in at Elim Antiques.


Visit the Elim Tourism Bureau to find out more.

 028 482 1750

Less well-known, perhaps, is the beautiful Geelkop – a mountainous area that belongs to Elim.

Geelkop (meaning ‘yellow hill’) is home to the rare dwarf Elim fynbos, and contains many threatened species. This small nature reserve also offers beautiful views of the Special Management Area and surrounds. (Contact the Elim Tourism Bureau to visit the reserve).

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