On entering Elim, the historical charm of the town is immediately evident in the whitewashed cottages, fruit trees and fynbos (Cape Flora) that welcome you.
Most of the buildings date back to the 19th century, though you now see brightly painted buildings with corrugated steel roofs, inter-dispersed between traditional thatched cottages. In fact, the entire village of Elim has been declared a National Heritage Site.
The Moravian community consists of farmers, farm workers and artisans. The Elim thatchers are particularly renowned for their craftsmanship and the area is becoming renowned for the cultivation of vineyards and the export of fynbos (Elim’s fynbos is the rarest in the world!).