Situated between the Doring and the Olifants
River, the town is overflowing with natural beauty. The Gifberg,
Koebee and Matsikama Mountains offer fascinating rock formations,
while Cape fynbos and waterfalls paint Vanrhynsdorp's charming
environment. Colourful flowers in winter, the attractive succulent
nursery and the Knersvlakte biosphere add their value to the
regional flora and make the town a particularly important
stopover for Cactus and Succulent enthusiasts.
fine rock art sites can be admired in rock shelters in the
mountains. Rock-art forms part of a valuable cultural heritage
left behind by the San (Bushmen), hunter-gatherers, who lived
in the area in bygone days. Law protects rock art and permission
is needed to visit the sites. You can arrange for local guides
to lead you to these sites. A visit to the local museum and
historical buildings will tell you many more entertaining
stories, and at the small farming project in Maskamsig, the
township area in Vanrhynsdorp, you will learn more about sheep,
goats, pigs and vegetable gardens.
mountains, vast plains, rivers and plenty of open space create
the ideal playground for sporting activities such as 4x4 adventures,
mountain biking, rock climbing, paragliding, and hiking.
Vanrhynsdorp is located 300 km north
of Cape Town on the N7 national highway to Namibia. The town
may also be reached via the spectacular Vanrhyns Pass on the
R27 from Niewoudtville.
Whether you choose to stay in a guesthouse,
a hotel, bed and breakfast establishment, the municipal caravan
and camping site, or on holiday farms with chalets, Vanrhynsdorp
will welcome you with open arms.