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Uniondale, Karoo

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Uniondale, Klein Karoo

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This charming little town with its quirky individuals and leisurely way of life is set in the Klein Karoo, about an hour’s drive from George and only 80 km from Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Uniondale lies adjacent to the Langkloof, which winds its way through the foothills of the of the Tsitsikamma Mountain range in an area renowned for its scenic drives. Uniondale came into being when the two towns of Hopedale and Lyon became one in 1856. Uniondale was originally famous for its wagon building and ostrich feather industries but these faded over time leaving a quaint farming community whose principle production is sheep, goats, seeds and apples.

One cannot speak of Uniondale without mention of the ghost for which the town is famous, but about which the town’s folk are pretty miffed, due to the unfeeling media hype that has surrounded the story. A car accident in 1968, involving a young man and his fiancée asleep in the back of the car, resulted in her death as he lost control of the car in stormy weather just 20 km outside of Uniondale. The first recorded sighting of the young woman, with her long dark hair and dark clothing, was not made until the Easter weekend of 1976. Since then a number of sightings have been claimed, involving a female hitchhiker who inexplicably disappears, chilliness in the air and car doors that open and close at the site of the accident.

Uniondale, Klein Karoo
Uniondale doesn’t cash in on its ghost though. There is too much else to keep visitors entertained, like its aloe factory, which produces aloe crystal, gel and health drinks and the six Anglo Boer War forts - one of which has been restored to its original state and is well worth a visit.

Then there’s Uniondale’s watermill - the lovingly restored 1854 version with the largest wheel in South Africa, which now houses an art gallery and superb restaurant - and the Jewish Synagogue with its unique murals.

Some of the most beautiful drives are possible in the area around Uniondale. The Prince Alfred, Homtini, Montagu and Phantom passes, all dirt roads, are sheer breathtaking beauty. A tarred alternative is the Langkloof to Kareedouw drive, which twists and turns along the foot of the Tsitsikamma Mountain range. The Langkloof includes a fruit route, which takes in a number of fruit farms and packing sheds.

Possibly the best reason to linger in Uniondale is planning your outward journey: The N9 takes you via Graaff-Reinet to Nieu-Bethesda and the unique Owl House; Prince Alfred’s Pass takes you down to Plettenberg Bay and Knysna on the Garden Route and if these don’t do it for you, then the R62 takes you to Port Elizabeth.

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average visitor rating: 4/5"beautiful, clean, quiet and friendly. Great stay at the Sanpot. Good food, cold beer! Charming ..." - Beth and Pieter Prins, Uitenhage, South Africa

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Gamkapoort Nature Reserve

Gamkapoort Nature Reserve lies to the north of the Swartberg Nature Reserve, whilst Towerkop Nature Reserve lies to the west. Together, they form part of the Greater Swartberg Protected Area, a World Heritage Site that lies between the Great and Little Karoos. This part of the Karoo is a huge swathe of mountainous ... more information

Kammanassie Nature Reserve

Lying in the Little Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains, lies an inselberg or monadnock - an isolated hill or small mountain that rises abruptly from the surrounding plain - called Kammanassie Mountain. The entire mountain catchment area, and a large portion of state land, make up almost ... more information

Klein Karoo Wine Estates

The dry, harsh conditions of the Klein Karoo are actually ideal for the production of excellent wines. The summers are very hot and dry, while winters can hit major lows. The range of wines produced here is extremely varied as a result of this unique climate, and includes many wonderful ... more information

Little Karoo Wine Route

A little surprising, perhaps - that grapes can grow in a semi-arid area - but grow they do in this region, renowned for its extremes in soils and climate. Despite the low rainfall for the area, viticulture happens in the riverine sites, kloofs and valleys of its spectacularly rugged mountains and produces ... more information

Middle Keurbooms Conservancy

On the beautiful Prince Alfred Pass lies the Middle Keurbooms Conservancy, or MKC for short. More than 30 000 hectares have been designated by landowners in the vicinity, concerned about their environment, to protecting the indigenous fauna and flora of the area. They've also combined a number of ... more information

Swartberg Nature Reserve

The Swartberg Nature Reserve lies in the Oudtshoorn district between the Great Karoo and Little Karoo, bordered by the Gamka River in the west and the Uniondale / Willowmore road in the east. The Swartberg Reserve encompasses 121,000 heactares of mostly state-owned land. Gamkapoort ... more information

Uniondale Poort

The little town of Uniondale on the N9 south west of Willowmore, has rather a few passes in the vicinity. The town lies in the Kammanasie River valley with mountains on all sides. Just south west of the town is the Potjiesberg pass, the Prince Alfred Pass lies on the R339 on the other side of Avontuur towards ... more information

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Things To Do in Uniondale

Ysterhoutrug Picnic Site

Where: Knysna
How much (per person): Free

The Ysterhoutrug picnic site should be firmly on your ‘things to do with the family’ list! You'll find this site along the R339 where wooden ... more information

Karoo to Coast MTB Route

Where: Uniondale
How much (per person): On Request

This one way ride will take you all the way to the Karoo from Uniondale in 4-8 hours. The ride itself is 100 kilometers long and will tak ... more information

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