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Located on the little Swartkops River, Bethelsdorp was established in 1803 by Dr Johannes Theodosuis Van Der Kemp and was the first organised settlement in the Algoa Bay area, bar the military command post at Fort Frederick. He was sent by the London Missionary Society and arrived in the area...
The newly laid out Van Der Kemp’s Kloof Trail starts at the historical Bethelsdorp Village (outside the Van der Kemp’s Kloof Church), the first missionary settlement in Port Elizabeth.