Attractions IN Vanrhynsdorp

Mountain Passes

Gifberg Pass

The Gifberg Pass connects Vanrhynsdorp to the top of the Matsikamma Mountain, roughly 20 km south of Vanrhynsdorp. The pass breasts a flat-topped mountain called Maskam that forms part of the Matzikamma mountain range (Maskam lies at its ...

Nature Reserves

Knersvlakte Nature Reserve

Knersvlakte Nature Reserve (proclaimed in September 2014) is situated on the West Coast between Klawer in the Western Cape and Kliprand in the Northern Cape. It is idyllically nestled just north of the Olifants River. The reserve covers some 85 500 ...

Mountain Passes

Tierberg Pass

The Tierberg Pass that ventures off the Koebee Pass near Vanrhynsdorp in the Northern Cape might be short and sweet, but it is also steep and difficult. It takes the form of a single hairpin sweep up to a rooibos farm at the top, by the name of Tierberg ...

Mountain Passes

Vanrhynsdorp Pass

The tarred Vanrhynsdorp Pass links the Namaqualand town of Vanrhynsdorp with Nieuwoudtville, way up on the top of the Bokkeveld. The pass forms part of the R27 and snakes and winds the relatively short distance of 9 km up to the summit 825 metres above ...

Attractions AROUND Vanrhynsdorp

Beaches

Cape West Coast Beaches

The Cape West Coast is home to a number of little fishing villages, complete with the homes that date back to the fishing industry of yesteryear. The main settlements along the coast are Yzerfontein, Langebaan, Paternoster, St Helena Bay, and Saldanha ...

Popular Tourist Routes

Gouritz Biodiversity Meander

The Gouritz Biodiversity Meander lies in the heart of the Succulent Karoo. It runs along the foot of the Swartberg Mountain Range, a World Heritage Site in its own right, and follows the Swartberg-Gamka-Rooiberg biodiversity corridor – an area incredibly ...

Activities / Popular Tourist Routes

West Coast 5 Day Itinerary

Anyone with any knowledge of the flowers will tell you that to see them at their best, you need to drive with the sun at your back. What this means is that you should drive all the way up to at least Vanrhynsdorp or Nieuwoudtville to start your route ...

... and a little further afield

Lakes / Dams / Landmarks

Berg River Estuary

Rated as one of three top estuaries in South Africa, in terms of conservation, the Berg River Estuary starts 69 km upstream of its mouth in Velddrif on the West Coast. It is one of only four perennial estuaries on this dry coast and its lower reaches ...

Miscellaneous / Popular Tourist Routes

Berg River Region

North of the Berg River lie the little towns of Piketberg, Porterville, Wittewater, Goedverwacht, Veddrif, Aurora, Eendekuil and Redelinghuys. Known collectively as the Berg River region, the towns fall into an area that moves from the icy waters of the ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Nature Reserves

Bird Island Nature Reserve

The world’s most accessible Cape gannet colony can be found on an island, linked to Lambert’s Bay by a breakwater wall. Bird Island also gives shelter to thousands of cormorants and penguins, whilst Cape fur seals can still be found on the rocks on the ...

Popular Tourist Routes / Penguin Route / Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Bird Island Penguin Colony

Bird Island is the third largest African penguin colony and, in terms of numbers, important for the survival of the penguin - there were 2 600 pairs when counted in 2011. It forms the other half of the paired fishing exclusion experiment (with St Croix) ...

National Parks / Nature Reserves

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

Although often referred to as lying in Paternoster, the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, more often referred to by locals as Tietiesbaai, lies just south west of the popular weekend town, its manual lighthouse - the last of its kind - a draw card to many ...

Beaches / Natural Wonders / Nature Reserves

Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve

Stretching all the way from Diep River in Milnerton, to the Berg River close to Velddrif on the West Coast, the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) was designated as such by UNESCO in 2000. The beautiful area of the Cape Floristic Region is deemed ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Activities

Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails

Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails – slackpacker trails on the West Coast! The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) is a recognised UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, one of only 6 in South Africa and just over 600 world-wide. It extends from Diep River in ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Darling Wind Farm

On the hills just outside Darling, roughly 70 kilometres from Cape Town, stand four wind-generated mills. It's known as an Eskom demonstrator site, which means it's something of a learning platform for the development of the wind energy industry in South ...

Wine Estates

Darling Wine Estates

The Darling Wine Route continues to delight more and more tourists every year. The wines produced here are of a fabulous quality, thanks to the beautiful weather and soils. Local labels include Tukulu, Darling Cellars and Groote Post. Many of the wine ...

Wine Routes

Darling Wine Route

Although traditionally part of the Swartland, Darling is now a demarcated wine district and home to her own wine route, including five wine cellars all of which benefit from the cool breezes off the Atlantic Ocean and the long, hot summers to produce ...

Vanrhynsdorp as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Britannia Bay, Darling, Doringbaai, Dwarskersbos, Elands Bay, Grotto Bay, Jacobsbaai, Kraalbaai, Laaiplek, Lamberts Bay, Langebaan, Lutzville, Mamre, Nuwerus, Paternoster, Philadelphia, Port Owen, Redelinghuys, Saldanha, Shelley Point, St Helena Bay, Stompneusbaai, Strandfontein, Velddrif, Vredenburg, Vredendal, Yzerfontein

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