Riebeek-Kasteel is one of the oldest towns in South Africa, situated at 75 km from Cape Town in The Riebeek Valley together with its sister town Riebeek West. During 1661 Commander Jan van Riebeeck initiated an inland discovery expedition under the leadership of Pieter Cruythoff. They set off in the direction of Paardeberg and on 3 February 1661, they ascended a lonely mountain and came upon the fertile vista of the Riebeek Valley. The town eventually developed and today it houses more or less 2700 residents including some of South Africa’s most famous painters attracted by the picturesque surroundings of the valley. The area is especially popular for its aesthetical beauty and rural atmosphere. In 2009 Riebeek Kasteel was chosen one of the three most beautiful towns of the Western Cape by the newspaper “Rapport”. The other two finalists were Stellenbosch and Clanwilliam.