Offering the peace and tranquillity of beautiful mountain and river scenery, a nine-hole golf course, several beaches an hour away, and a host of other activities, the small farming village of Riviersonderend is the stuff of dreams. It’s situated on the main Garden Route (R62) between Cape Town and Mossel Bay on the N2, about 160km from the Mother City.
Though uncertain, it is believed the name of the town was derived from the perennial Sonderend River (“Sine Fine Flumen” – River Without End) with its source in the eponymous mountains. Rivier Zonder End, as it was known in earlier days, was established in 1923 when Miss Edith McIntyre sold the farm Tierhoek for 6 000 pounds to the church council of the local Dutch Reformed Church when the congregation was established.
Riviersonderend is a convenient base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and is regularly visited by, in particular, nature lovers who will delight in the magnificent views across the Riviersonderend Valley. Those who take a little time to explore will experience first-hand the breathtaking valley and mountain views, waterfalls and incredible canyon scenery of wildflowers and fynbos.
THINGS TO DO:
- Walk the moderate 4.4km Kleinbergie Hiking Trail or the 7km river trail.
- Take the plunge and go kloofing on the Canyon Trail and Suicide Gorge.
- Go bass fishing or birdwatching.
- Have fun on a 4×4 farm trail.
- Visit the Riviersonderend Small Hall Photographic Museum.
- Have a round of gold on the nine-hole course at the Riviersonderend Golf Club.