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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

  • Immerse yourself in the mineral-rich hot water springs first discovered by the Khoi-khoi, the region’s earliest known inhabitants

  • Venture out on a 4X4 trail, go quad biking, mountain biking, abseiling, or water skiing

  • Take Caledon’s historic walk through the town to see buildings, sites, and objects of cultural and historic significance

  • Visit the Caledon Museum with its Victorian artifacts and visual rendering of the coloured community impacted by the 1950’s Group Areas Act

  • The Caledon Museum shop stocks locally made art, crafts, dried flowers, and home baked treats

  • See an incredible 135 protea species in the Caledon wild flower garden and reserve

  • Take a 10 km wild flower trail through the reserve to view mountainous fynbos, blue crane, or the Cape Sugarbird often seen near flowering proteas

  • Ardent flora enthusiasts can attend the annual indigenous wild flower show held annually in September

  • Buy fresh home-made bread baked in wood ovens at Dassiesfontein

  • Purchase some Caledon Globes (onions) to take home with you

 
 
A Boat builder on smaller scale
     
David Schulze, 71, born and brought up at St James, in Cape Town, and now a retired owner of a Garden Service business, lives in the historic Mill street in Caledon, and having more time on his hands, has rekindled his boyhood hobby of model boat building, which keeps him fully occupied apart from his other love of gardening.

He has always been fascinated by boats and his love of the sea which started it all. He has over 65 model boats of all styles, and models to his credit, not counting those having been given away as gifts and those sold.

He recycles the most unusual items to use on his boats, which is a past time that would make the greenies even greener with envy. He uses old computer parts, milk carton tabs, various materials for sails, plastic bottle tops or tubing for turrets, and non-slip matting for rigging, Ice cream sticks for oars etc.

He receives wood off-cuts from his good friend Piet Hoffman, who is a cabinetmaker and welcomes any likely items for use in his imaginative hobby.
His first boat he made as a young boy, a gift for his father, and his first kit was of the Endeavour, an old fashioned sailing ship. His pride and joy is most probably the cutter with lots of sails. He has a cruise ship complete with swimming pool, deck loungers and all, yachts of all descriptions and even a tug.

This is a hobby worth seeing, and especially in the school holidays, it could pique the interest of boys with imagination and skill, even birthing an entrepreneur in the making.

He now also makes beautiful wooden bird houses and feeders of all shapes and sizes. Seems like there is no stopping his creativity, so call on him at home and make an appointment to view.

Telephone number 028 212 3557
Cell number : 082 863 6767

Art Studio
     
Visit Carol Mangiagalli at work in her studio and see a wide variety of subjects painted in her unique style.

For more information visit her website.

Visitors are welcome by appointment only.

Painting shown here:Farm Road
Medium: Acrylic on board

Telephone number 028 2123351
Cell number 0711164661
Email carol@carolman.com
Website www.carolman.com
carolman.com/blog/



Caledon Wild Flower Garden
     
Did you know, at the Cape Epic there was beautiful welcome banners for the riders as they came through the garden on their way back to Caledon after a tough day's ride. See picture!


Caledon’s world-renowned flower garden celebrates the delights of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the region’s most valuable natural asset and one of the world’s six floral kingdoms.

A walking trail through the Nature Reserve offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas and a fascinating look at the diversity of fynbos flowers in their natural habitat, some of which are found nowhere else on earth.

Its splendour is celebrated annually by the Caledon Wild Flower Show, which exhibits the area's spectacular and abundant array of fynbos.

The Caledon Wildflower Society turns 118 during 2010 and is still going strong. Its mission - to bring nature to those who do not have the means to access nature and those who have a special interest and love for our rich floral diversity.

Telephone number 028 2143300
Forest Adventures
     
We have just opened up our newest Adventure Farm in Caledon. Based next to the Caledon Hotel and Spa we offer your guests a variety of things to do. We specialize in teambuilding but also cater for individuals on most of our activities. We have a small gravel road guests can take to get to us without going through the Hotel parking area. We would however advise that if your vehicle is low then park in the parking area and we will collect you.

Did you know? Caledon now boasts the Longest Tree to Tree slide in South Africa +- 200 meters.

Tree top slides (zip lines)

Off Road Go Kart Challenge

Paintball

& much more ............


Hope to see you soon.

Clinton or Christo
Email : hfadventures@gmail.com
Website: www.hfadventures.co.za
Tel Nr: 083 517 3635

Holy Trinity Church
     
Designed by Sophie Gray and consecrated in 1855, the church is a fine example of craftmanship and strongly remiscent of an old English village church.

Prince Alfred Road
LG2 Travel Agency
     
Bus and flight bookings inland. Educational Tours and sightseeing tours.

Telephone number 028-2122740
Cellular number 0829215604
Email michwess@iafrica.com
Lindy Aronowitz
     
Artist and organic garderner

The studio and vegetable garden is open to visitors for viewing by appointment and a guest room is available for viewing and where visiting artists sometimes come and stay for a few days.

Telephone number 028 2123099
Cellular number 0833573436
Email lindy@twk.co.za
Website www.lindyaronowitz.co.za
Mineral Hot Springs
     
Long before European settlement at the Southern Tip of Africa, indigenous pastoralist Khoi tribes were the first to take pleasure from the seven springs of iron-rich water – one cold, six hot, heated by pressure far below. Perhaps the big game which then roamed the area – elephant, rhino, lion and buffalo – would have savoured the warm nurturing waters too?

Not only is the water’s natural temperature piping hot – around 49.5 degrees celcius – but it is almost entirely free or organic matter.

Today, the springs can be reveled in still at the Caledon Casino & Spa … an elegant establishment, known for its warm hospitality, well appointed conference centre, a variety of sporting amenities and beauty clinic, from which guests emerge invigorated.

Looking back, the arrival of the Cape’s European settlers in the late 1600s, the hot springs propelled the little town to stardom in the early years of colonial settlement. Buildings were erected to enhance the water’s enjoyment – both for sheer enjoyment and the cure of a range of human ailments.

Indeed, the land’s first formal owner was only granted deed title on condition that he guaranteed the waters’ continued use to all in need.

Pleasure in the baths culminated in the grand opening of a magnificent hotel and health centre at the dawn of the 20th century – the pride of Victorian high society, with rooms and restaurants for 200 guests, all surrounded by magnificent manicured gardens.

Almost half a century later, alas, this Cape monument to Caledon’s mineral water went up in smoke in a terrible blaze.

All is not lost, mercifully! Visit the magnificently-restored spa today.

Telephone Number 028 214 5100
Website: www.thecaledon.co.za
Rockhopper Adventures
     
At Rockhopper Adventures it is our goal to welcome you to our stores in a friendly and caring manner, to meet all your cycling needs, and to do all we can to ensure your cycling experience is fun and rewarding.

Contact Corne today!

Telephone number 0832359612 Corne Barnard
Physical addrss Greyton: DS Botha Street, Greyton
Caledon:8 Mill Street, Caledon

Email tourism@greyton.net/admin@greyton.net
Website www.rockhopperadventures.co.za

 
 
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