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De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Hotel | History

Discover the history of De Doornkraal

Dedoornkraal

The original owner of the farm Doornkraal was Hermanus Egbertus Steyn. He was the great-grandson of master builder Douwe Gerbrandt Steyn, who in 1668 arrived from Leeuwarden in Friesland, to build the Castle of Good Hope, today one of Cape Town's main tourist attractions.

The history of Dedoornkraal Hotel

Learn more about the Heritage Architecture of Langstraat

Dedoornkraal

The farm Doornkraal was proclaimed a loan farm in 1746, the same year as the historic farm Zeekoegat, now a National Monument.

The Heritage Architecture of Langstraat

Uncover the history of Riversdale

Dedoornkraal

The first expedition to the Riversdale region was led by Hieronymous Cruse in 1667 to barter for cattle. During the next expedition twenty years later, expedition leader Izak Schryver befriended Goukou, the leader of the Hessequa, after which many barter expeditions followed.

The History of Riversdale