The Cape Country Meander
Did you know?
Some 60% of South Africa's apples are grown in the Elgin Valley.
The Cape Country Meander, which incorporates towns within the The Waterskloof municipality, is an excellent Western Cape retreat, and offers something for everyone.
The route follows that of Dutch pioneers who wound their way in ox-drawn wagons several centuries ago. While natural wonders such as the Hottentots Holland mountains are still as beautiful today as they were back then, there is a now a lot more for explorers to see and do, and adventures are certainly more accessible. Peaceful scenery, fresh food, welcoming locals and activity options are all available in abundance.
The 100km long stretch, which starts in the Elgin Valley for those travelling from Cape Town, also takes in Bot River, Caledon, Genadendal, Greyton, Riviersonderend, Tesselaarsdal and Villiersdorp. It includes an array of adventure activities, from fishing and river barging to hiking and abseiling.
The lush Groenland Mountains can be explored by hiking or horseback trails, and guided abseiling, rock climbing and quad biking are also on offer. The Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race passes through the region in March every year, so there are plenty of cycle routes from which to choose.
Theewaterskloof Dam near Villiersdorp is one of the biggest masses of water in South Africa. There visitors can go jetskiing, waterskiing, motorboating and canoeing. Children can learn to waterski over the summer months at Mofam River Lodge in Elgin.
If you are more into shopping and browsing, the area is known for its fruit and wine and you should consider stopping by the Villiersdorp Moonlight and Elgin Blues markets. Related retail outlets are well signposted along the route.
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Cape Town Routes Unlimited
Phone: + 27 (0)21 405 4500