Uniondale

Uniondale

This small and tranquil town came about by the joining of two towns, namely Hopedale and Lyon. It was initially known as a centre for wagon-building and the ostrich-feather industry, but today the town is mainly a farming centre. Uniondale is situated next to the Langkloof and the farms in the area mainly carry sheep and goats and grow apples.

Adventure And Sport

Hunting: Hunting is only allowed on selected farms.

Outdoor Activities: The various activities include scenic drives, hiking, game-viewing and 4×4 routes.

Archaeology And Palaeontology

San Rock Art: Just 80 km from Knysna Mountain Pastures are some rock shelters decorated by San artists. The Bird Overhang Cave includes some clear paintings of red and black running figures and some birds. The Shaman Cave depicts some complex human-like figures and semi-circular shapes.

Entertainment And Shopping

African Aloe Factory Shop: The factory produces and sells health and beauty products made from Aloe Ferox, a plant that has long been revered for its medicinal value. Tours of the factory need to be arranged in advance.

Route 62: Uniondale is the start or end of the tourist route, Route 62.

Fauna And Flora

Fruit and Flora: In the area that borders the Langkloof there are several farms that produce fruit as well as indigenous flora.

Scenic Views: Prince Alfred Pass was built and designed by Sir Thomas Baines and offers some magnificent views. The pass still has the original hand-packed stone retaining walls. Other scenic drives include the dirt roads of the Homtini and Phantom Passes. The tarred road of the Langkloof route twists and turns along the slopes of the Tsitsikamma Mountain range.

History And Architecture

Anglo-Boer War Fort: Six forts were built to protect Uniondale during the Anglo-Boer War. One of them was eventually restored and from here one can look out far over the town and surroundings.

Buildings: Uniondale is home to many historical and exquisite buildings such as the Jewish Synagogue.

Uniondale Ghost: The Uniondale ghost is known throughout the country. The story originates from a tragic accident in 1968 when a young couple was driving home. A woman was

sleeping in the back of the car when her fiancй lost control of the car. She was killed in the accident and is said to still dwell in the area, looking for her fiancй.

Uniondale Watermill: The mill was built in 1854 and has recently been restored. It now houses an art gallery and an exquisite restaurant.

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