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Things to Do and Places to See in Underberg and Himeville
Himeville MuseumThe Himeville Museum is well worth a visit. It started life in 1896 as a fortified laager and was later converted to a prison and warder's house in 1902. Now it is a much admired museum taking one back to bygone days. Take a peek into old schoolrooms, a post office, prison cells and an old house. The rock art display is especially fascinating.
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Rock Art Guided Tour
Dr Aldo Berruti, experienced rock art guide, leads interpretive trips to view rock art near the Sani Pass
The mission stations near Underberg are satellite missions of the famous Marion Hill Monastry outside Durban. Reichenau Mission and Centacow Mission are both worth a visit, and there are tour guides who will arrange visits by appointment.
Reichenau Mission sits on the banks of the Pholela river 15 kms outside of Underberg on the R617 to Pietermaritzburg.
The mission was founded in 1886 and was the first satellite mission of Marionhill. Today it consists of a magnificent church, a school of some 200 pupils, and a recently restored old mill, now operating and open on the first Saturday morning of every month.
The historically important buildings, the ornate doors, the old wood-working benches and the beautiful scenery will tempt and inspire artists and photographers alike.
The turnoff to Centocow lies a little beyond Reichenau on the R617.
The mission was founded in 1888 by Abbot Francis Pfanner, and the first church, built in 1892, still stands today. The spirit of this mission is to heal the sick and serve the poor, and it is home to many community spiritual gatherings.
In 1910 the foundation stone of the magnificent Sacred Heart church was laid. Look out for the picture of the Black Madonna. And while you are there, don't miss the Gerard Bhengu Gallery and Musem, launched in 2013. Gerard Bhengu was a member of the Bhaca tribe. His talent was discovered by Max Kohler, a missionary doctor at the nearby hospital. Despite this patronage, Bhegu was discouraged from having formal training for fear of ruining his natural talent. Fortunately he overcame tthis and went on to become a world-renowned artist.
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Places to see
What to do
Apply some retail therapy - browse the Underberg and Himeville shops
Hike along the Polela River to the lakes in Cobham Reserve.