Important transport link for the fruit, wheat and wool industries.

History of Heidelberg

Province: Western Cape
Garden Route
Coordinates:34°05′S 20°57′E
Area:23.69 km2
Municipality: Hessequa

Louis Fourie was granted grazing rights in this area by Simon Van Der Stel where he settled on the banks of the Duivenhoks River, where he established the farm Doornboom. The Duivenhoks (Dovecote), river was named by an explorer, Isaq Schrijver, who observed a lot of doves where the river flows into the Indian Ocean, at Puntjie. The Duiwenhoks estuary is one of the last remaining unspoiled estuaries in the country and a conservancy preserves its unique character.
Heidelberg was originally part of the Riversdale district until the Dutch Reformed Church bought a section of the farm on which to lay out a town that grew around the church. The new town was named Heidelberg after the town in Germany because of the Heidelberg catechism that was practiced in the church.
In 1903 the railway network reached Heidelberg which was an important transport link for the fruit, wheat, and wool industries.

The license plate prefix for Heidelberg is CEG and the postal code is 6665


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Useful Numbers in Heidelberg

  • Municipality-028 713 8000
  • Police: 028-7221910, 028-7228227
  • Traffic department
  • Fire:044 805 5071
  • Water:028 713 8000
  • Electricity:028 713 8000
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office;028-7221910, 028-7228227
  • Library:028 7221243
  • Closest hospital;Heidelberg Day Hospital-028 722 1441
  • Clinic 028 722 1441
  • Pharmacy;028 7221243
  • SPCA: Swellendam-028 514 2083
  • Schools: Heidelberg High School -028 722 1384
    De Waalville Primary School – 0287221732
    Kairos Secondary School-028 722 2920
    Krombeksrivier NGK Primary School – 028 722 1180
  • Tourism 028 722 1068



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