"Vreden" is Afrikaans for peace, and if it's peace that you're after then its Vredenburg you need to visit!

It wasn't all peace and quiet to start off with though. In the 18th century, a fresh water spring between the farms Heuningklip and Witteklip caused strife between the respective farm owners.

The site became known as Twisfontein (´quarrel spring´), later renamed Prosesfontein (´lawsuit spring´). The Dutch Reformed Church came to the rescue in 1875 when they built the town´s first church near the disputed spring and promptly renamed the town Vredenburg (peaceful town). Problem solved!

These days Vredenburg is the transportation and commercial hub of the Cape West Coast area.

The only argument you're likely to have in modern-day Vredenburg, since the Twisfontein Monument is today the sole reminder of that water tiff, is in agreeing on which activities you and your travel mates plan to indulge in: golf, horse riding, bird watching or paintball?

Vredenburg is located 12km inland from the coast at Saldanha Bay on the Cape Columbine Peninsula 138km north of Cape Town.

Main Photo: ©Shutterstock