Elim, long been declared a national monument is famous for its thatch-roofed homes as are the thatchers from Elim who are sought after as masters of their fine craft. The quaint white washed cottages are painted each year before Easter as a tradition symbolising purity and simplicity – integral to the lifestyle of the village people who live their lives close to their Church.
The picturesque town is one of the oldest surviving mission stations and is inhabited mainly by members of the Moravian Church.
Things To Do and See in Elim
- The Water Mill
Built in 1833 and restored in 1990, has the largest wooden water wheel in South Africa and is again grinding wheat as it did in the past.
- The Slave Monument
The only monument of its kind to commemorate the liberation of slaves in the Cape.
- Elim Bakery
Delicious home-baked products can be bought here.
- Moravian Church and Clock
A thatched-roof church in the heart of the village. The clock dates back 235 years.