After months at sea, a small Dutch East India Company fleet arrived at its destination. Weary sailors must have stared in awe at the sight of the table shaped mountain as the flagship Drommedaris laid anchor in the bay.
The Drommedaris, Goede Hoop and the Reijger set sail from Amsterdam in order to establish a way-station at the southern point of Africa. This strategic location on the maritime trade route between Europe and the East Indies was of paramount importance as ships needed a haven where fresh water, vegetables and meat were readily available.
Jan van Riebeeck arrived in the Cape onboard the Drommedaris on 6 April 1652. As first governor of the Cape he was the man charged with building the first fort, improving the natural anchorage in Table Bay and ensuring that agriculture took shape in this new settlement, which was aptly named De Kaap van Goode Hoop (Cape of Good Hope).
Little did he and the first settlers know that they will one day be regarded as the founding fathers of the Afrikaner nation and that their small seaside village will widely be regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
In October 1671 the first Huguenot, Francois Villion, settled in the Cape. When the Edict of Nantes was revoked in 1685, thousands of French Protestants fled to the Netherlands, from where hundreds of families made their way to the Cape onboard Dutch East India Company ships. The Huguenots were granted land by the Company between modern day Franschhoek and Wellington. They did what the French do best - they planted vines and made wine. The Cape landscape would be transformed within a generation.
Many great men followed in the footsteps of van Riebeeck and the Huguenots and built on their success, transforming the untamed land into one of the most prosperous and spectacular regions of Africa.
The Drommedaris symbolises a remarkable voyage to a strikingly beautiful part of the world. Although she has long since vanished from the high seas, her legacy still lives on. The crew of Drommedaris Golf CC today look forward to ensuring that your journey to Africa will also be an unforgettable and exhilarating experience!