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Go Back to Map – Discover our Culture Hankey is one of four towns that make up the Gamtoos Valley – an exceptionally beautiful part of the world that stretches up to Komdomo at the start of the Baviaanskloof wilderness, now a World Heritage Site. Hankey is the oldest and probably best known because of its claim to the largest sundial in Africa (18m high and weighs a ton) as well as the burial place of Sarah Baartman...

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In 1849 Matthys Human gave a portion of his farm Rheeboksfontein for the establishment of a town, and stands were laid out in 1853 on a plan following the crosses on the Birtish flag.

However, Humansdorp was named after Johannes Jurie Human and Matthys Gerhardus Human, who were joint founders of the local Dutch Reformed Church. The town’s residential streets are lined with trees that were planted before the First World War by the then mayor, Ambrose Saffery.

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