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Adrenaline Adventure and Things To Do

There’s a reason The Cape Country Meander has continually been part of the ABSA Cape Epic, the largest mountain bike race in the world. It’s an ideal locale for some of the best mountain biking in the Western Cape. There are more than 600 km of track, some of which is opened only for events. In addition, there also paths, dirt roads, and jeep tracks. In other words there are a variety of options for leisure and more competitive mountain bikers.
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The in and on water options are immense. There are various rivers and dams, all of which are within easy access regardless of which town you’re in. Water sports include sailing, wind and kite surfing, water and jet skiing, canoeing and kayaking, and power boating. There are also some exceptional kloofing locations. Freshwater anglers can go bass, carp, and trout fishing.
There are few places on earth to rival The Cape Country Meander’s dramatically varied natural landscape. Walking and hiking is arguably the best way for the senses to absorb and explore some of the area’s vast wilderness. There are kilometres of terrain begging to be explored. You’ll get to see bird life, loads of indigenous fynbos and other flora, mountains, ravines, forests and farmlands.
The region is ideal for experienced birders or people who enjoy some bird spotting every now and again. There are hundreds of bird species including the Blue crane, South Africa’s national bird. While the Blue crane is listed as vulnerable, there are major conservation efforts to protect it in the Western Cape and the rest of South Africa. There are also many endemic and rare birds and several raptor species. Special tours for serious bird watchers or “twitchers” can also be arranged.
The Cape Country Meander provides a range of 4X4 opportunities. Some are moderate, while others such as Glen Oaks in Greyton are a bit trickier. Guided 4X4 tours are also possible. There are a number of interesting routes through forests, fruit and livestock farms and up into the mountains. Regardless of the degree of difficulty, off-roading isn’t as easy as it looks and shouldn’t be tackled without some training and experience.
There are a number of quad biking trails for novices and more experienced riders. These will take you through working farms and conservation areas. Simply book a tour with one of the local experienced, qualified guides and enjoy the outdoors. A trip could be anything from two hours to a few days. It really depends on your needs.

With some of the most incredible landscapes in the Western Cape, The Cape Country Meander area is a prime adrenalin adventure destination. If you’re after something a little more sedate but equally stimulating, each town provides a range of sites, attractions, and unique experiences for the whole family. You’ll find everything from working fruit and wine farms, biodiversity and nature, to places of historical interest and more. All eight towns are conveniently close to one another and to the city of Cape Town. You won’t have to travel far to take a break in the countryside and have some family fun.

With its rivers, mountains, gorges and dams Botrivier is teeming with outdoor explorative and adventure opportunities. Botrivier is one of four members of the Green Mountain Eco Route. The other three are Elgin Valley (Grabouw), the Houw Hoek Pass area, and Villiersdorp. Situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the Green Mountain Eco Route offers the ideal introduction to sustainable wine producing practices and biodiversity ...

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Caledon is famous for it’s hot springs, wild flower garden and reserve, and it’s unmistakable brightly coloured grain fields. The surrounding area is predominantly an agricultural region with some stock farming. From practically anywhere in Caledon you can’t miss sensational views of the Swartberg Mountains and colourful rolling countryside. This is ideal outdoor exploration and adventure territory.

Activities and attractions in Caledon

There’s no shortage of things to do and experience in Elgin (Grabouw) and it’s fast becoming a must stop and stay destination. Increasingly popular with outdoor adventurers, it’s also one of four members of the Green Mountain Eco Route. The other three are Botrivier, the Houw Hoek Pass area, and Villiersdorp. Right in the centre of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the Green Mountain Eco Route offers the ideal introduction to sustai...

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Genadendal town is an attraction in and of itself and an important part of the Cape Overberg’s early history. Genadendal and its close neighbour, Greyton share a dramatically beautiful countryside, which provides ample opportunity for numerous outdoor pursuits.

Activities and attractions in Genadendal

  • The Genadendal museum houses South Africa’s oldest fire engine and provides an intimate look at what life was like centuries ago

  • It also houses e...

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Greyton is a popular weekend destination for visitors seeking a peaceful authentic village experience but with all the modern conveniences of a lively town. Moreover, the surrounding countryside attracts a variety of outdoor adventurers from mountain bikers to leisure cyclists, hikers and birders.

Activities and attractions in Greyton

Explore the 2 220 ha Greyton Nature Reserve famous for it’s one-day hike across the Riviersonderend Mountains between Greyton and Mc...

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Riviersonderend is often overlooked as a drive through en route to an alternate destination. The surrounding countryside offers much to see and do for outdoor and nature lovers. The area offers everything from mountain and river hiking, to kloofing, fishing, and indigenous fynbos. Birders will be interested to know the surrounding fields boast some of South Africa’s most frequent sitings of endangered Blue crane.

Activities and Attractions in Riviersonderend

Although Tesselaarsdal is a relatively undiscovered visitor destination it certainly offers some excellent opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. These include mountain biking, horse riding and other nature and adrenalin pursuits.

Activities and attractions in Tesselaarsdal

  • Take a leisurely drive through the countryside

  • Walk or hike the area to discover fynbos, breathe fresh country air, and have a picnic

  • Experienced riders can explo...

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There’s much to see and do in and around Villiersdorp. For a start, the 5 100 ha Theewaterskloof Dam, seventh largest in South Africa, offers a vast range of activities. These include keelboat, multi-hull and dinghy sailing, water sports and fresh water angling.

Villiersdorp is one of four members of the Green Mountain Eco Route. The other three are Botrivier, Elgin Valley (Grabouw), and the Houw Hoek Pass area. Situ...

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