Hankey, a town nestled at the confluence of the Klein and Gamtoos rivers, is a treasure trove of history and natural wonders. Part of the Kouga Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape, it offers a glimpse into South Africa’s rich heritage and agri-tourism delights.
Uncover the charm of Hankey through its agricultural gems like a Private Nature Reserve and Strawberry Farm.
The town’s heartbeat resonates with cultural history, featuring the impressive Hankey Sundial—the largest of its kind in Southern Africa. Although in need of TLC, it echoes tales of a bygone era.
Hankey’s golf course beckons both locals and travellers, while a visit to the local strawberry farm promises a delightful pick-your-own adventure. A short hike to “Bergvenster” unveils the stunning Gamtoos Valley, and the historic “Philip Tunnel” adds a fascinating layer to your itinerary.
For nature enthusiasts, Hankey offers private nature reserves and camping spots, a haven for avid hikers. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings, complemented by camping or guided game drives. And don’t miss the chance for a honey-tasting experience!
Hankey’s history is as rich as its landscapes. Established in 1826, it’s the oldest town in the Gamtoos Valley, founded for agriculture and evangelistic work. Dive into the fascinating tales of its first inhabitants and the growth of the town over the years.
Explore the legacy of the first-ever tunnel scheme in South Africa, the Philip Tunnel, completed in 1844 and used for 125 years. A poignant note: William Enowy Philip, its builder, met a tragic fate in 1845 while attempting to save his nephew.
As we unravel the layers of Hankey’s past, we also pay homage to Saartjie Baartman, whose final resting place is in this historic town. Her story, marked by exhibitions in 19th-century Europe and a significant repatriation in 2002, adds another dimension to Hankey’s cultural mosaic.