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Napier

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Established in 1838, Napier is a half hour drive from Cape Agulhas, where the two oceans really meet.

It’s a quirky spot with some unusual features. The pub and the church are neighbours, livestock can be kept in town, so horses, donkeys, cows, sheep, ducks and chickens live here too, there are no traffic lights and the one and only bank opens twice a week.

This tranquil country village lies en route to Arniston (with its dazzling beach, turquoise waters and lovely coastal walks), half an hour from the southernmost tip of Africa (hello Australia), close to De Hoop Nature Reserve (whales, solitude and wildlife) and is pretty charming just as a country stop kinda place.

The town hosts the Napier Patat Festival in June each year. The festival includes many fun-filled activities for the whole family including the half-marathon, mountain bike race, Miss Patatfees, performing artists, open gardens, vintage cars, kids entertainment, arts & crafts, Napier Brewery tours, Jean Daneel wine tastings, horse & cart rides, boules & bubbly and historical village walks.

A must for every backpackers is a stop at the Moerse Farm Stall in Napier, which regularly entices customers with calls of “Flippen Lekker Viskoekies” & “Sexy Warm Brood”. (“Flipping Lovely Fishcakes” and “Sexy Hot Bread” to to the uninitiated…)