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Riversdale Garden Route South Africa

The Garden Route’s Floral paradise

Riversdale is a bustling country town situated in the N2 highway, 131 km from George in the North and 301km from Cape Town in the South. Nestled at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains – specifically the Sleeping Beauty Mountain peak - Riversdale is regarded as the floral para­dise of the Garden Route due to the abundance of indigenous fynbos covering the mountain and surrounding region. Throughout the winter months, Riversdale is ablaze with the rainbow of flowering fynbos. Proteas and Ericas are harvested for export and Riversdale hosts a popular flower show every September.

Riversdale has a moderate climate with rainfall throughout the year. With farming being the main industry, it includes wheat and grain, fruit, cattle and dairy farming, sheep, ostriches, export flow­ers and honey bush tea production.


Riversdale has a rich cultural heritage and a number of historical landmarks are a must-see for visitors. For the Africana enthusiast there are many fine pieces of old furniture exhibited in museums, and the Julius Gordon Africana Centre, constructed in 1880, has a fine collec­tion of art works by famous South African art­ists, including Thomas Bowler. The Old Toll House is a special spot on the Garcia Pass. It was built in 1877 and is a national monument.

The range of accommodation in the area in­cludes guesthouses, guest farms, self-catering cottages, bed and breakfasts, farm stays, back­packers’ lodges and hotels.

Culinary experiences include fine dining, coffee shops, franchised restaurants and take aways.

Riversdale enjoys a moderate climate, and as a year-round holiday destination visitors may choose from the following activities and experi­ences in Riversdale and surrounds:

• 4 x 4 routes

• Abseiling

• Africana

• Bass fishing

• Bird watching

• Canoeing

• Day trips

• Fynbos trails

• Golf and golf tours

• Hang gliding

• Hiking

• Historical land marks

• Horse riding

• Horseback safaris

• Khoi-San rock paintings

• Mountain biking

• Paragliding

• Picnics

• Rock climbing

• Scenic tours

• Walking

• Water skiing