The Village of Haarlem
Haarlem is a small agricultural village in the Langkloof.
It is rumoured that it was named 'Haarlem' by homesick Dutch settlers. German missionaries first made contact with the small village in the 1850s - and established a mission station (named Anhalt-Schmidt) in 1860.
Haarlem had a colourful history - which is visible in its buildings and through the oral history of the families who have lived in the village for generations.
The Surrounding Area
There are many local sites and day trips in the surround area - making Afsaal a central base for your explorations.
Your hosts can make suggestions for several routes - depending on whether you want to enjoy moutain routes, karoo scenery, boer war sites, or nearby towns.
- The 'Bo-Kouga' route through farms and scenery
- The 'Onder-Kouga' route through (more) farms and scenery
- The spectacular Prince Alfred's Pass (connecting the Langkloof and Knysna)
- The town of Uniondale
- The town of Joubertinia
- and much more...
(See the activities page for more ideas)