Kareedouw, a quiet town on the outskirts of the Tsitsikamma Forest, forms the eastern entrance to the Langkloof fruit-growing area. The town was founded as a Dutch Reformed Church rural community in 1905 and developed around the timber industry that bloomed soon afterwards. It is believed that the town’s name comes from the Khoi-Khoi word meaning “path of many Karee trees”. Majestic mountain slopes, blanketed in flowering proteas and ericas, frame the town. Today, Kareedouw is a farming and timber area where South Africa’s national flower, the protea, is grown for export.
Adventure And Sport
Hiking, biking and mountaineering: Many adventure and sporting activities are available in the area. The town’s proximity to the nearby Tsitsikamma and Kouga Mountains and the Langkloof Valley makes it in ideal spot from where to participate in most adventure sports such as hiking, biking and mountaineering, to name but a few. Enquire at the local tourism office for more information.
Entertainment And Shopping
Indigenous Wood Factory: The yellowwood, blackwood, stinkwood and imbuia trees growing in the area are put to good use at the Indigenous Wood Factory, where exquisite furniture is made. Visitors may view and buy the products.
Fauna And Flora
Willow Trees: The willow trees in the grounds of the Assegaaibosch Hotel are said to grow from cuttings taken from the trees at Napoleon’s grave, on the Island of St Helena. Many Boer prisoners of war were sent to this island during the Anglo-Boer War.
History And Architecture
Dutch Reformed Church: A stately sandstone church was erected here in 1906.
Forester’s Statue: The statue is a monument to those who contributed to the growth of the area’s timber industry.