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Caledon is a small town with a location that’s set against the magnificent backdrop of the Swartberg Mountains. No matter which direction you approach this bustling village from, you’ll notice scenic barley and wheat fields that roll on for kilometres at a time. These routes are especially breathtaking when the Overberg’s wildflowers are in bloom (usually mid-August through September).
There are several routes into Caledon: the N2 national road from Cape Town (approximately 113km from the CT Airport), then in the opposite direction on the same N2 national road from the Garden Route (approximately 308km from George Airport), as well as along the coast by turning onto the R316 from Arniston and Bredasdorp or the R320 from Hermanus.
When travelling into Caledon from Cape Town, you’ll drive through Somerset West and over Sir Lowry’s pass. The best time to travel this route is during the day so that you can take in the absolutely stunning views of Cape Town as you drive over this famous pass. On the other side, the route meanders through the fruit farming areas of Elgin and past some of the most frequented farm stalls in the region. Be sure to stop at some of these for great road-trip snacks like artisanal cheese, pies and biltong, as well as pick up some of the region’s wide range of local wines. Once you’ve made it over the Houw Hoek Pass and on past Botrivier, start to look out for signs to Caledon.
Travelling from the Garden Route is also a wonderful feast for the eyes and the camera of course this is some of the most exquisite coastline in the country. Once you begin to travel inland, the rolling hills, orchards and vineyards that line the route are a memorable road-trip experience.
Get directions to Caledon here.