History of Redlinghuys

Province: Western Cape
West coast
Coordinates:33°00′S 18°59′E
Area:7.98 km2

Potato capital of the Sandvlei

Redelinghuys was originally part of the farm Wittedrift. Sir George Napier handed it over in December 1841 to Hendrik Koetzee and when he died in 1848. J.N.L. Redelinghuys bought the farm and gave the church a piece of it as a gift.
Redelinghuys the village at the head of the Verlorenvlei, was established around 1866 and the buildings are predominantly in the Victorian style. It is known as the potato capital of the Sandvlei and Rooibos grows here naturally.


Verlorenvlei (Lost Marsh) is an estuary with wonderful birdwatching opportunities that stretches between  Elands Bay and Redelinghuys, Verlorenvlei is one of the most important estuarine systems in the Western Cape and one of the largest natural wetlands along the west coast of South Africa. Velorenvlei is a Ramsar site that is fed by a perennial river that starts in the Cederberg. A Ramsar site is a wetland site designated to be of international importance.

Boer War

Military history was made at Vegkop along the Vlei, where there was a skirmish between the British and the Boers at the end of the 19th century.

The postcode for Redlinghuys is 8105


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Things to do and see in Redlinghuys

  • The rare Sandveld lily grows in the district
  • Mant Bushman paintings were found on the farmSandhoogte.
  • Enchanting murals painted by Hannes Carstens are dotted around the village.

Useful Numbers in Redlinghuys

  • Police: 022 962 1620
  • Municipality: Picketberg 022 913 6000
  • Traffic department:
  • Fire:
  • Water:
  • Electricity:0836554846
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office; 022 962 1650
  • Library: 0229621605
  • Closest hospital; satellite clinic 0229621810
    Open Mondays alternate Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Pharmacy; Langebaan link pharmacy. 022 772 2470
  • SPCA: West coast 022 289 0998
  • Schools: Redlinghuys Primary 076 415 3724



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