About Van Wyksdorp

Van Wyksdorp is situated in the Karoo, in the Western Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

Western Cape DestinationsVan Wyksdorp, Karoo

The little Karoo village of Van Wyksdorp lies on the R327 from Ladismith, just off the famous R62, in the foothills of the Rooiberg Mountains. It's the kind of town people describe as a typical Karoo 'dorp' - a rural town in essence, in the heart of Kannaland.

Whilst some travellers dismiss Van Wyksdorp as a forgotten corner of the Klein Karoo, those in the know will tell you that it is experiencing the type of boom that other R62 towns, like Stanford, Greyton, Montagu and Barrydale, have already enjoyed. It is true that it lies on a gravel road, and it is quite a bit further afield than Barrydale and Ladismith (what's 42 kilometres between friends) so not quite as accessible as the other towns already mentioned, but residents believe that for this reason Van Wyksdorp maintains its charm, and is known as something of a hideaway for those prepared to go the extra mile.

Called Van Wyksdorp for the rather obvious reason that most of the residents at one time were called Van Wyk, this rural hamlet was a bustling town during the two ostrich feather booms, before and after the Second Anglo Boer War.

Today it is popular for other reasons, not least of which is the mountain scenery - you can reach Van Wyksdorp via Calitzdorp and Riversdale over both the Rooiberg Pass and the Garcia Passes. Much of the countryside around the town is conservancy, and the town lies within what is known as the Gouritz Corridor, one of 35 biodiversity hot spots in the world.

Van Wyksdorp is also part of the Kanna Biodiversity Route, and the Gouritz Initiative. Water comes from a natural mountain spring, known as the Eye, and the village water mill is being restored.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Van Wyksdorp

Rooiberg Lodge

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Rooiberg Lodge

In the Klein Karoo in the Western Cape, at Rooiberg Lodge guests have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauty of ... more

The Cat and Cow Guest Farm

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The Cat and Cow Guest Farm

Situated at the foothill of the Rooiberg Mountains near Van Wyksdorp in the heart of the Klein Karoo is The Cat and Cow ... more

Watermill Farm

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Watermill Farm

Watermill Farm offers self catering accommodation on a farm just 3km away from the village of Van Wyksdorp. Each cottage ... more

Reviews of Van Wyksdorp

Everyone greets you in this dusty town untouched by tourists. There are quaint little shops and a coffee shop.The Rooiberg Lodge down the dusty road is...

Oscar V.Cupido, CAPE TOWN

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