Family-friendly Outdoor Adventure in Riviersonderend

Posted by The Cape Country Meander on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 with No comments
Unless you’ve travelled the picturesque garden route on the N2 between Cape Town and Mossel Bay you might not have heard of Riviersonderend. Those who have heard of it and who do stop there usually do so for a couple of minutes to refuel and then move on. What many people don’t realise is that this gorgeous unspoiled landscape with its beautiful mountain backdrop and pristine surrounds provides for some spectacular outdoor adventure. The best part is that it is not over-subscribed by the crowds.

Historic Signal Canon Trail

Officially known as the Kleinbergie Trail, this moderate 4.4 km route is marked by signal canons, which form part of the old Overberg signal canon system. Historically, the canon system would call residents in the area to military service in the event of war. At the foot of the trail, the lengthy Sonderend River, known for its overhangs and cave-like nooks provides for some fabulous bass fishing, canoeing and swimming.

Some of the best kloofing in the Western Cape

For beginners the 17 km Riviersonderend Canyon Gorge Trail, includes an exciting (compulsory) seven metre jump. For more experienced kloofers the nearby 18 km Suicide Gorge Trail includes an optional waterfall slide and a number of jumps into cool, dark pools. It’s highest jump is approximately 14 metres. However, as with all outdoor pursuits, kloofing is not a spontaneous activity to be undertaken lightly, particularly if you’re afraid of heights or a weak swimmer. Visit the Cape Nature website for more information on opening and closing times and hiking permits.

More reasons to stick around

South African’s threatened national bird, the Blue Crane is a regular sight in these parts along with a variety of other birdlife; a spectacular array of indigenous fynbos; and some small buck. There are also two circular 4X4 trails and a host of other outdoor pursuits all with breathtaking views. For more information on Riviersonderend visit the Cape Country Meander website. 

Cautionary note: Before venturing out always check weather conditions. The Western Cape is known for its diverse and unpredictable climate.

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