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!Xairu – Suurbraak is ‘n Paradys

Braaknaars, Suurbraak se inwoners, is almal trots op hul stukkie paradys.

Suurbraak lies in what could easily be termed a little piece of heaven, and because it is not a commercial centre is left largely alone. This Village was established in 1812, when the London Missionary Society established a mission station to serve the Khoikhoi.

Suurbraak was known as ‘!Xairu’; meaning paradise- by the Quena tribe of the Khoi, who were the original inhabitants. Suurbraak is a Settlement in Overberg District Municipality in the Western Cape. It lies in a fold of the Langeberg Mountains just down from the incredible Tradouw Pass.

Suurbraak is a small place in South Africa and can be easily explored within a day! People still cook on wood burning stoves, use donkey-drawn ploughs and horses and carts to get around – it’s really old-style living and is mostly untouched by development! The local community is rather starved of sources of income.

The heart of the Village of Suurbraak has been preserved, and the Buildings that rest on the Village Square and the two Church buildings have been restored. Most of the old style houses line the road through town, and if you want to explore, it is a wonderful place to visit and from which to walk – the Wonder Kloof lies across from town, an incredible geological crack in the Langeberg Mountain range, with a number of recently opened hiking trails that take you through the kloof. The hiking and biking trails and visiting historical buildings are the main attractions of the Town.
Having a population of about 2 252 people, with the majority being the Afrikaans-speaking Coloured people, Suurbraak is a small village with a huge heritage.


Video by African travel Crew

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