Aurora

Aurora, meaning ‘The first light’, is a very small village at the foot of the Piketberg. The area is very hot in summer but the evening breezes blowing from the magnanimous Atlantic Ocean cool down the village in the evenings. Adventure And Sport Hiking and mountain-climbing: Outdoor enthusiasts can go on full-day hikes on Aurora’s […]

Bitterfontein

The town took its name from a salty fountain in the vicinity, the Bitterfontein (“Bitter Fountain”). Despite the foul-tasting water, the area is well known for its lovely wild flowers that bloom from late July to September. The farms around the town are famous for their delicious mutton. Adventure And Sport Knersvlakte: There are picnicking […]

Citrusdal

Citrusdal (“Citrus Valley”) was established by the Dutch Reformed Church in 1916. Its surrounded by beautiful countryside and the magnificent Koue Bokkeveld and Swartberg Mountains. The town and its surrounding countryside is famous for its superior citrus products and the wines from the Citrusdal Cellars. The town is also known as the “Gateway to the […]

Clanwilliam

Clanwilliam is one of the oldest towns in the country, rich in history and with much to offer nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. It was originally called Jan Dissels Vlei but in 1814, the Governor of the Cape, Sir John Cradock, renamed the town for his father-in-law, the Irish Earl of Clanwilliam. The town lies […]

Darling

This small town with the charming name lies some 75 km from Cape Town and is surrounded by vineyards, wheat, dairy and sheep farms. The biggest attraction however is the wild flowers that bloom annually from late July to September. The town is home to several artists, including the comedian Pieter Dirk Uys and his […]

Ebenhaezer

The small village of Ebenhaezer is surrounded by a predominantly farming community that produces mainly lucerne (alfalfa), beans and coriander. Ebenhaezer and Papendorp overlook the Olifants River Estuary. The nearby wetlands of the Olifants River Estuary are an important habitat for migratory birds and for many other species of birds. The main source of income […]

Elands Bay

The village of Eland’s Bay and its surrounds is truly picturesque and the nearby lagoon is a popular bird-watching spot. Surfers frequent the the local beaches. Adventure And Sport Angling: Sea and fresh water anglers are a common site in Elands Bay. Crayfish can also be caught, but only during the crayfish season and then […]

Graafwater

The origins of Graafwater date back to 1910 when it was built as a railway junction. The area is well-known for its hiking and bird-watching opportunities and for the wild flowers that bloom from late July to September. History And Architecture Heerenlogement (“Gentlemen’s Lodging”): About 30 km north of Graafwater, on the Vredendal Road, there […]

Hopefield

Hopefield was founded on the banks of the Zoute River (“Salty River”) in 1853 and was originally a church community. The town is named for the two surveyors, Hope and Field, who laid it out on the farm Langekuil. Adventure And Sport Hiking, bird-watching: The farms Helderwater and Langrietvlei have some hiking trials. Langrietvlei is […]

Jacobs Bay

A few kilometres north of Saldanha Bay lies the charming town of Jacobs Bay. The features of the irregular coastline include peninsulas as well as rocky and sandy beaches. This small town is also known as ‘Namaqualand by the sea’, because it strongly resembles the region in the Northern Cape, where, every year from late […]