Moving slowly through Sedgefield, S.A.

Moving slowly through Sedgefield, S.A.

We recently spent a few days slowly exploring Sedgefield and loved it! We need to share its quiet beauty and amazing ‘slow town pledge’.

The town of Sedgefield in the Garden Route of the Southern Cape, South Africa has been accredited as the first Cittaslow Slow Town in Africa and the headquarters of the slow town movement for the continent. Cittaslow (which literally means ‘slow city’) originated in Italy in 1999 and represents nearly 100 towns across the world. Abiding by a list of values aimed at improving quality of life, registered Cittaslow towns celebrate diversity of cultures and promote the specialties of their own people and surroundings.
Situated 25km from Knysna and 40km from George, Sedgefield was founded in 1929 and is known as a relaxed village with a temperate climate and strong outdoors tourism industry. It boasts unspoilt beaches, the Swartvlei River estuary, several smaller lakes, nature reserves, indigenous forests, plantations and a wide array of outdoor activities including paragliding, birdwatching, mountainbiking, fishing, sailing, surfing, kite surfing, rowing and more. The town is home to talented artists, crafters and artisans while the multi award-winning “Wild Oats Community Farmers Market” and “Scarab Craft Market” have established the town as a favourite weekend destination.

The Sedgefield Slow Town Pledge:-

A quality of life for all
Living a healthy lifestyle
Looking after our elderly
Preserving traditional food
Caring for our environment
Community decision making
Having community networks
Promoting unique town events
Encouraging our young people
Working for a sustainable future
Preserving the heritage of our town
Taking time for leisure and pleasure
Controlled growth and urban planning
Encouraging awareness and education
Our community and council working together
Creating a people friendly urban environment
Promoting local markets and unique products
Supporting our local products and businesses

More information is available from:-

André Gauché     at +27 (0)44 343 2108      or       +27 (0)82 440 0200


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slow, the sedgefield slow town tortoise

Slow, the Sedgefield Slow Town Tortoise


end of the day tranquility

End of the day tranquility

dusk over gericke's point

Dusk over Gericke’s Point

river deep mountain high

River deep mountain high

one of the many fascinating mosaic art works found in sedgefield

One of the many fascinating mosaic art works found in Sedgefield

views to soak in at sedgefield, garden route, south africa

Views to soak in at Sedgefield, Garden Route, South Africa

the blues of winter towards gericke's point, sedgefield

The blues of winter towards Gericke’s Point, Sedgefield

we spotted whales here

We spotted whales here

mesmerizing views of flawless nature

Mesmerizing views of flawless nature

dreaming spot at sedgefield

Dreaming spot at Sedgefield

Mosaic bench view

Mosaic bench view