Why Visitors Return to The Cape Country Meander

Posted by The Cape Country Meander on Tuesday, December 03, 2013 with No comments
There are endless lists of best places to experience authentic Western Cape countryside. Most visitors flock to the popular Stellenbosch and Franschhoek winelands or head off on the garden route to get their hands on some Knysna oysters. And they certainly wouldn’t be disappointed if they did. However, what many people don’t realise is that part of what they often assume to be garden route is, in fact, Cape Country Meander territory.

Ideal limited time country experience

More than just a route, or a matrix of sleepy hideaways and shopping spots for vintage collectables, the meander really does offer something for everyone. That’s because it’s made up of eight distinctly different *towns, all of which, are in close proximity to one another. Owing to their close proximity you’d be forgiven for expecting them to be similar. The delightful reality, particularly for first time visitors, is that each town has it’s own distinguishing character, charm and community culture.

How to get there

Elgin Valley (Grabouw)
Getting there is easy. For a start it’s a straightforward drive by car, less than an hour from Cape Town. Head east on the N2 highway through Somerset West and over Sir Lowry’s Pass. The Cape Country Meander starts in Elgin (Grabouw) just over Sir Lowry’s and stretches for 100 km along the N2. Towns are legibly sign posted and the roads leading to each town are a comfortable drive by car.

Engaging with friendly locals

Thanks to the internet and some cleverly worded guide books most people are aware nowadays that “Cape Country” doesn’t mean dodging lions and hunting your own lunch. Similarly, while we have 11 official languages, most locals, and most South Africans for that matter, speak English. Regardless, you will undoubtedly get a warm, friendly welcome all along the Cape Country Meander route. There’s nothing small-town about the vibrancy, generosity of spirit and genuine friendliness you’ll get to experience for yourself.

* Botrivier, Caledon, Genadendal, Elgin Valley (Grabouw), Greyton, Riviersonderend, Tessselaarsdal, and Villiersdorp.