The Cape Country Meander
Did you know?
Some 60% of South Africa's apples are grown in the Elgin Valley.
The Cape Country Meander follows a route once blazed by the old Dutch pioneers who wound their way inland with ox-drawn wagons several centuries ago.
The 100km lroute, which starts in the Elgin Valley for those travelling from Cape Town, takes in the rural towns of Grabouw, Bot River, Caledon, Genadendal, Greyton, Riviersonderend, Tesselaarsdal and Villiersdorp.
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 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 jetski, waterski, motorboat or go paddling. Children can learn to waterski over the summer months at Mofam River Lodge in Elgin.
Stop for a bite to eat at one of the many popular farm stalls on route, such as Houw Hoek Farmstall or Peregrines, and stock up on fresh produce from the region.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
The Cape Country Meander
How to get here
From Cape Town, head southeast on the N2. After an hour or so, you will arrive in Elgin Valley, the start of the Cape Country Meander.
Best time to visit
The route is open all year but some of the activities may be more enjoyable in the summer months between October and April, during which time more daylight hours are available.
Around the area
Mineral baths at Caledon; Villiersdorp for its rustic style and local cuisine; Elgin for its world-famous apples.
Length of stay
Although you can complete the route in a day, rather stay a few nights so you can try out the variety of activities on offer.
Where to stay
A variety of accommodation establishments are available along the route, with every town offering several options. Visit the Cape Country Meander website for a full list of options.
This region makes some of the best sauvignon blanc wine in the country.