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Dwarsrivier Living History Tour

Walk or E-bike through history in pristine natural surroundings.

Lace-up your shoes and delve into generations of living history, traversing the breathtaking Dwarsrivier Valley. This Living History Tour – available as a walking or mountain biking tour – takes you into the heart and homes of the people of Pniël, Johannesdal and Kylemore. Discover the history and rich culture of these communities, originally settlements of former freed slaves, as you set off from the Dwarsrivier Tourism office in Pniël. Visit the Social Monuments at the Werf, the Pniël Museum, marvel at street art and pop in for a coffee break at a guest house in Johannesdal, at the foot of the majestic Simonsberg. Follow the Dwars Rivier on the Dream Stream trail to Kylemore, where you’ll visit a craft project initiative and church before ending off with lunch at Beker and Bord, a home dining experience.


  • Pristine natural beauty
  • Monuments on the Werf
  • Pniël Museum
  • Coffee break
  • Lunch

On E-bike – R1 500
On foot – R650

Daily between 08h00 and 16h00. Starting times will be confirmed when you book.

Duration: E-bike: 2,5 hours
On foot: 3 hours

River Road, off Main Road, Pniël

Click here to view map


E-bike rental

Museum entrance

Coffee/tea and koesisters (a local sweet delicacy)

Three-course lunch (see menu):

  • Starter: Roosterkoek with jam and cheese
  • Main: Traditional Bredie (stew), with a choice of green bean, tomato or cabbage bredie
  • Dessert: Choice of milk tart or koesister
  • Homemade ginger beer will be served.

Special Instructions

  • Bring a sunhat and sunblock in the summer.
  • Bring a raincoat and umbrella in winter.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.


  • Transport to the venue – To arrange transport please click here.
  • Refreshments other to what is specified
  • Gratuity

Getting there

Visitors can drive to the starting point or a return transfer from the Visit Stellenbosch Tourism Centre (47 Church Street) can be booked here.

Group Size

2 – 15 people