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Outside Riversdale looking on to the Lange Berg  © Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire , License


Riversdale is situated at the foot of the Sleeping Beauty Peak, close to the eastern end of the Lange Berg, on the bank of the Vet River, a branch of the Kaffirkuils River, that flows into the Indian Ocean at Stil Bay.

Riversdale was named after Harry Rivers, a local government official, and proclaimed in 1938.

Some people say you will smell Riversdale before you see it. This is because of the "Agathosma" shrubs that grow in the area. The smell is not unpleasant, more like that of a hospital, an antiseptic-like smell.

In the nearby Jurisch Park you will find a dam famous for several species of wild water-birds. Also in the Park you will find mesembryanthemums and the aloes are beautiful when they flower between May and June. The park has two sections, one caters for the exotic plants, while the other, the Van Riebeeck Garden, is for local flora.

Steam enthusiasts will enjoy looking at the Class Seven locomotive, mounted on a platform in Riversdale town, representing the first railway connection in 1903.

Wildlife enthusiasts should visit the Werner Frehse Nature Reserve. In the reserve you will see Eland, Bontebok, Gemsbok, and many other species.

Riversdale is a charming town located on the Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa. Known for its scenic beauty and rich history, Riversdale offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors.

Here are five things to see or do in Riversdale:

1. Garcia's Pass

  • Description: This scenic mountain pass, located just outside Riversdale, offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. It was originally built in the 1800s to connect Riversdale to Ladismith.
  • Activities: Drive or bike through the pass to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and take advantage of the numerous photo opportunities. Hiking enthusiasts can explore nearby trails.

2. Korentepoort Dam

  • Description: This dam is a popular recreational spot for both locals and visitors.
  • Activities: Enjoy a relaxing day by the water, with activities such as picnicking, fishing, and boating. It's a great place for family outings and enjoying nature.

3. Riversdale Old Jail

  • Description: The Riversdale Old Jail, built in 1838, is a historical site that has been converted into a museum and art gallery.
  • Activities: Explore the museum to learn about the town's history and view local artwork. The building itself is an excellent example of early 19th-century architecture.

4. Julius Gordon Africana Centre

  • Description: This museum is dedicated to the history and culture of the region, named after Julius Gordon, a prominent local figure.
  • Activities: The centre houses a collection of Africana, including artifacts, documents, and art. It's an insightful stop for those interested in the cultural heritage of Riversdale and the broader Garden Route area.

5. Sleeping Beauty Mountain

  • Description: Named for its resemblance to a reclining woman, Sleeping Beauty Mountain is a prominent natural landmark near Riversdale.
  • Activities: Hiking enthusiasts can embark on trails leading up the mountain, offering stunning views and the opportunity to experience the unique flora and fauna of the region. The mountain is also popular among photographers for its picturesque landscape.

Additional Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are ideal times to visit, with mild weather perfect for outdoor activities.
  • Local Cuisine: Don't miss out on trying local South African dishes at the town's restaurants and cafes.

Riversdale is a delightful destination offering a mix of natural beauty, historical intrigue, and cultural experiences, making it a worthwhile stop along the Garden Route.





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