Planning a trip to Vanrhynsdorp and surrounds, or passing through? Why not stop and stretch your legs, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Vanrhynsdorp is a small town situated along the N7, also known as the Cape Namibia Route, and about 300 km or 3 hours drive from Cape Town. The town is located on the edge of the Nama Karoo, an area of semi-desert succulent vegetation.
What to see and do in Vanrhynsdorp
- Take a picture of the Maskam Mountain, the flat, table-like mountain, which can be seen from a distance.
- Start the day with a buffet breakfast at Lesatsi Lodge. This lodge is just outside Vanrhynsdorp on the R27 towards Vredendal.
- Make a wish. Throw a coin in the newly restored wishing fountain at Lesatsi Lodge.
- Visit the Kokerboom Nursery at 74 Voortrekker street for indigenous succulents to buy or admire.
- Visit the Historical Jail and take a step back in time. The old prison was built in 1895 from limestone and clay bricks. Now craft products and succulents are on display and for sale here.
- Take a stroll through the town.
- Take the Vanrhynspass along the R27 towards Nieuwoudville. Leave the Western Cape and enter the Northern Cape. This pass is a must drive offering forever views over the Knersvlakte.
- Visit the Waterfall on your way to Nieuwoudville…. Oops, no water.
- And the quiver tree forest, which is the biggest, natural quiver tree forest in the world. Some of these trees are more than 250 years old. I know….forest?
- You can either turn back now, or visit Nieuwoudville which is about 50 km from Vanrhynsdorp.