Humansdorp has grown from a small Town in 1849, with the purpose of serving mainly the Farming community. Today it has flourished into a diverse Town with various types of Shops; Restaurants, Businesses and even a Museums. The Museum even has artifacts which allow for various activities, for example:
1) Grind some coffee beans by hand; or 2) write a letter to a loved one on an old typewriter; or 3) Kids can dress-up with some fun “vintage” items.
Some of the artifacts at the Museum, date back since the inception of the Town by Matthys Gerhardus Human, in 1849. This was when he donated 1.5 square Kilometers, of his Farm “Rheboksfontein”, to erect a Dutch Reformed Church. Amongst the exhibition, at the Museum is a Chicago Cottage air pump organ, which can still produce many a fine tune.
It is also the entrance Town, to the Kromme River Estuary and the popular Resort Towns of Francis Bay and Cape St Francis.
The Kromme River Estuary in Summer is an excellent Area too spot the following Birds- 'Terns and Waders which are best seen on the incoming tide. Species often also seen, include Lesser Sand Plover, Sandwich Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Caspian, Sandwich, Swift & Common Terns, African Black Oystercatcher, White-fronted & Ringed Plover. Other species have included- 'African Golden Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper & Gull-billed Tern'. For more information refer to the link given in- Further Reading.
Humansdorp lies at the foot of the Kouga Mountains at the start of the Garden Route and is 87 km West of Port Elizabeth, off the N2 highway. Jeffreys Bay is just 16 km away, with St Francis Bay 20 km and Cape St Francis 2 6km away.
According to Lorelle Campher, who grew up in Humansdorp: "The Town has continued to develop over the Years. The Woodlands Dairy factory has drawn a whole new crowd to our town as people go where they can find work,” she says. As a result of this investment, the population continues to increase. She says Humansdorp has the facilities of a City, such as a modern Hospital and several doctors, but retains its small-Town charm and a sense that; people still care about one another!" (Lorelle says, even though she now spends much of her time in Port Elizabeth, her heart will always belong to her hometown.)
“I was born in Humansdorp and lived there most of my life until I moved away to study and work in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and the United States. But once a small-Town girl, always a small-Town girl.”
Humansdorp lies at the foot of the Kouga Mountains and it is here that the well known Garden Route starts. It is 87 km West of Port Elizabeth, 3 km off the N2 highway, 16 km from Jeffreys Bay, 20 km from St Francis Bay and 26 km from Cape St Francis.
There are Hiking trails and Forest walks in the vicinity, including the Boskloof Trail, boasting 46 bird species, indigenous trees, Fynbos and small antelope and monkeys.
A collection of Farming Implements and household items grace the charming Humansdorp, Museum.
At the top of Main Street sits the impressive Cultural Centre, a fully eco-sustainable Building. Traditional Khoisan Art is exhibited there.
The Zwartenbosch Country & Golf Club offers as an 18 hole golf being developed course and a Lifestyle Centre.