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By Harold-Edwin van Rooyen on Monday, May 31, 2004 - 07:29 am: Edit Post|
Overberg-Riviersonderend on N2
160km from Cape Town,Riviersonderend was established in 1923.The name was derived from the river on which it is situated at the foot of the mountain.
1940 Riviersonderend receive municipality status and first mayor was mr Van Deurs Eksteen.
Surrounded with farms and known for sightings of the South African bird, the Blue Crane.
The first school established on 25 January 1926 and is now used for a photo museum, photos of importend people and moments to be reminded of.
It is stil open for small functions.Next to the N2,caves are to be seen in the mountains and on farms.From the "Kleinbergie" their is an official Hiking Trail of 7km with breathtaking views of agricultural music.On the "Kleinbergie" you would find the old signal cannon used in early days by the military service.They used it to indicate any war in the Cape.The cannons were used in 1795+1806 during the Cape war. Now seen as a Historical Monument.
The hiking trial gives you also view of the Protea/Fynbos, various veld flowers, river and old indigenious trees.
~4x4 Routes to challenge.
~15km motor biking routes...National rallys
~Picnic places on the river - side and places to catch fish.All of these are to be enjoyed during the Blue Crane festival.Every year there is a Charity hunting shoot competition with lovely prices to be won.
with traditional foods and with its own bakery, well known for the pies and milktart as well as its own buthery with biltong, droŽwors, wood smoke bacon and cold meats.
NOT TO MISS LOOK FOR THE NAME "V'n Desden"
Relaxing and lovely B&B that will make you feel at home.
The winter rainfall area.It means war! Dry weather in Desember,January and February.
Farmers go on holiday during the first 2 months because nothing can be planted.
In February when minimum rain has fallen the farmers have to feed their animals because their is nothing left for the animals to eat.Planning for sowing in May. To begin the season rain occurred in May and by surprise we had snow on the mountain in Desember one year in the late 80's.
In March and April it gets cooler and Autun shows in all the leaves.After the first rain the farmers start to plough and clean the farm lands/fields.
In May the farmers sow the wheat with rain coming regarly.
June,July and August it rains and snow occur on mountains.
September and October are the most beautiful months in this area with the sun shining bright,the veld flowers blossoming and the green farm lands.
Whether you are in search of an adventure or you just want to explore or maybe you are in serious need of relaxation, Riviersonderend is definitely the PLACE to come and SEE!
It will be worthwhile...That is a PROMISE!