Riviersonderend Conservation Area

The Riviersonderend conservation area surrounds the towns of Riviersonderend, Greyton, McGregor and Villiersdorp

Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Riviersonderend Conservation Area

The Riviersonderend conservation area surrounds the towns of Riviersonderend, Greyton, McGregor and Villiersdorp, 69 000 hectares of a combination of state land and private property that together has been declared a mountain catchment area, supplying the Greater Cape Town Metropolitan area with water.

It is without doubt a particularly beautiful part of the Cape Overberg. The Riviersonderend Mountain range hugs the conservation area, which is predominantly rugged, filled with forested kloofs, rivers, gorges and peaks that beg to be climbed. It is a hikersí paradise, in other words.

The mountainous parts of the conservation area extend along both the western and northern borders, covered by mountain fynbos and numerous hikes wend their way through the reserve.

The Genadendal hiking trail is but one of these. It begins and ends in the historic little town of Genadendal (take the time to visit the Moravian mission church) and is fairly demanding, although the panoramic views over the Worcester / Robertson Karoo and the Overberg are well worth the effort. The hike incorporates a 25 kilometre circular route that takes roughly two days.

Whilst the Riviersonderend conservation area is dominated by mountain fynbos, the Mediterranean climate supports other beautiful species such as ericas and proteas and the numerous water courses are lined with the likes of wild almond trees and stream conebush.

Leopard tracks in the sand and scratch marks on the trunks of waboom trees are not uncommon, whilst sugarbirds, sunbirds and a fair number of raptors rent the air with their cries.

Popular Activities in and near Riviersonderend Conservation Area

Genadendal Hiking Trail


This beautiful circular hike wends its way through the Riviersonderend Conservation Area, 70 000 hectares of rugged and mountainous terrain. You will hike alongside rivers, through forested kloofs, through gorges, and up high peaks. It is...

More info and contact details: Genadendal Hiking Trail

Maermanskloof Hiking Trail


The Greyton Conservation Society has been hard at work, with the help of the Greyton Municipality, to carefully mark walking paths and hiking trails in and around the village. Maermanskloof hiking trail is one of these. Do not let the short duration...

More info and contact details: Maermanskloof Hiking Trail

Did you know?

Riviersonderend, the little village in the Cape Overberg that lays claim to a river without end, lies roughly between Caledon and Swellendam on the N2 about 160 kilometres from Cape Town.

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