Caledon was originally known in Dutch as Bad Agter de Berg (Bath Behind the Mountain).A bath house was built in 1797 and a village called Swartberg sprang up, which was later renamed Caledon in honour of the Irish peer Du Pre Alexander, 2nd Earl of Caledon (1777–1839), the first British governor of the Cape (1806–11). As the original name implies, Caledon is famous for its mineral-rich hot springs as well as its wildflower nature reserve, and beautiful yellow canola fields. The surrounding area is predominantly an agricultural area with some stock farming. Caledon offers incredible views of the Swartberg Mountains and has become increasingly popular as an outdoor and adventure territory.
THINGS TO DO:
- Renew mind, body and soul in the mineral-rich hot water springs that were first discovered by the Khoikhoi, the region’s earliest known inhabitants.
- Pamper yourself to a treatment at the spa that forms part of The Caledon Hotel and Spa complex.
- Caledon Wildflower Garden, also known as the Venster Kloof Nature Garden, is a wonderful space in which to spend quality time with your family or friends.
- The wildflower garden has a 10km hike through natural mountain fynbos and an amazing selection of no less that 135 Protea flower species, as well as blue crane and an array of other beautiful birdlife.
- Visitors can also take a trip through history at the Caledon Museum with its Victorian artefacts and visual rendering of the coloured community impacted by the 1950s Group Areas Act.
- Experience the thrill of the unique treetop ziplines in Caledon as you glide through and over the lush vegetation, surrounded by wildlife. Towering above the ground, the zip slides range from 8 to 18m high. There are also quad bike trails around the property of The Caledon Hotel and Spa.
- Take a swing at the Caledon Golf Course, whose nine holes with beautiful views of the Overberg can be a big challenge for amateur and pro alike. With a lush eucalyptus forest in the centre of the course which is in play for five of the nine holes, you’d better make sure you have a rough iron in your bag! With only four sand bunkers and one waterhole, these two obstacles will be the least of your worries.