History of Gouda

Coordinates:33°18′S 19°02′E
Area:7.65 km2
Municipality: Drakenstein

The little village of Gouda is just South of Porterville near the Western entrance of the Nuwekloof pass which crosses several streams known as “Twenty four rivers”
Gouda was originally a farm called “La Bonne Esperance” owned by three Dutch sisters who were originally from Gouda in Holland. They donated farmland on which to establish a small town as long as the town was called Gouda.
There is another story saying that the name is from a Khoi word for either “antelope” or “Honey kloof”
However, Gouda was the railway terminus for the Porterville area. Gouda is predominantly a fruit farming area.
The Voëlvlei Dam, completed in 1952 is fed in winter by streams in the area, including the “Little Berg River” is important for irrigation on the local farms. It is 8 kilometres long by 1.5 kilometres wide. During the dry months, the dam feeds the Berg River which supplies Cape Town with some of its water.

The postcode for Gouda is 6821

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Things to see and do in Gouda:

  • Voëlvlei Dam is popular with water sport enthusiasts and is the home of Voëlvlei Yacht Club.
    The dam also contains a healthy Bass population$.


Useful Numbers

  • Police: Riebeek west 022 461 8100
  • Municipality:021 873 1121 -Toll-free Number: 080 131 3553
  • Traffic department:
  • Fire: 021 887 4446
  • Water:080 131 3553
  • Electricity:080 131 3553
  • Ambulance:10177
  • Post office;Agency ; 023 632 0417
  • Library: 023 2320841
  • Closest hospital; 023 232 0510
  • Clinic: 073 699 3669
  • Library:023 232 0841
  • Schools: Bakerville Primary School-023 232 0019
  • Gouda community hall Malva Street 064 77​70 047/023 2320 405



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