Boer War Trenches

The Cederberg was possibly the southernmost battleground of the Second Boer War. A small band of Boer  guerrillas  penetrated into this area from the Boer republics, hundreds of kilometers to the north, hoping to stir up popular support amongst the local farmers of  Dutch  descent. In this they failed; the farmers may have had little sympathy for the British but they had a fair notion of who was going to win the war. 

It is said that the Boer commandos were confronted in the Cederberg by a lone Englishman, who ordered them to surrender. They laughed at him, because he was one and they were many and tried to reason with him, pointing out the hopelessness of his position. He refused to back down and was in the end shot dead. The place where he fell is today called Engelsmanskloof ("Englishman's Ravine"). 

During the Boer War in 1901 the English soldiers built trenches on a hill side next to the main route. These trenches can still be seen today. Daily bread and meat was provided by the farm to the soldiers while they were awaiting the Boer Commando. Ask at reception for these to be pointed out to you.