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Riversdale

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Originally a farm, this little town has an interesting cultural heritage and several historical landmarks.

The historic buildings in Long Street date back to the mid 1800’s and were home to diverse and interesting characters which include the poet C.J. Langenhoven, artists, politicians and freemasons.

Through winter and spring abundant fynbos blooms in the mountains and along the roads and numerous birds species call the area home. So up your Seen It list with some interesting flower and flutter-by sightings while you breathe spicy fynbos perfume deep into your lungs.

4x4 routes challenge the mountains while abseil routes hang out with waterfalls. See well preserved San paintings or go rock climbing in the rugged mountains. Amble through the countryside on horseback or haul your hang glider up to a launch point and soar like an eagle.

Riversdale makes an ideal stop over or base for exploring the area. It has the advantage of being within a few kilometres of seaside towns such as Still Bay and Witsand and also an excellent base for one-day trips to explore the variety of natural beauty, interesting places, breathtaking hiking trails and exquisite mountain scenery.

Backpackers can sip the French Oak matured wines of Edenberg Wines at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, explore the Aardvark Nature Reserve, a desert biome with the highest diversity of succulent plants in the world, splendid bird, reptile, mammal and insect life, amazing geological formations, fossils and unique rock art, or watch traditional cheese being made at the Kasselhoop Cheese Factory.

Sleeping Beauty Backpackers offers budget accommodation in Riversdale and makes a great half way stop between Cape Town and Knysna.