— Vanwyksdorp —

This small rural village is about 10 minutes’ drive away. It was founded in 1838 by the Van Wyk family and a few of their descendants still live amongst the population of about 800 people.

It is traditionally a farming community, with an eclectic mix of locals who add colour and flavour to the village.

You will notice a large area under construction. This is the exciting new Jobs4Carbon project with the dual focus of job creation and environmental restoration focussing on the re-establishment of the indigenous ‘spekboom’ plant, a carbon sponge that impacts our air quality.


Hikers and bikers are spoilt for choice with a range of routes from the more prosaic, to the adventurous, to the bone crunching. A few hours of wandering through the lush vegetation and enjoying the spectacular views, perhaps enjoying a picnic at a quiet spot along the way, will restore a harried soul.


There is a walking trail around the olive grove, but a tour of the state-of-the-art olive processing plant is really something special.


Ladismith is a pleasant drive away, and en route to Seweweekspoort, a rugged mountain ravine with incredible scenery

Further south Riversdale joins the Garden Route with quaint shops and rolling wheat fields

Calitzdorp is widely acknowledge as the Port (or Cape Vintage) capital of South Africa. It is a picturesque town on the way to Oudtshoorn but also a good inland stopover on the Garden Route

A little further up Route 62 lies Oudtshoorn, famous for its ostriches and the Cango Caves