Welcome to Riviersonderend
Directly between Caledon and Swellendam, this small town of the Overberg has a lot to offer. As a popular stop-over spot for bus liners, independent transport businesses and road trippers alike, there’s a lot about Riviersonderend that tends to go overlooked.
From a distance, you can spot this small town by the cluster of trees that stands out along the N2 highway, amongst the rolling farm lands and canola fields. As there is no tourism office within the area, information about Riviersonderend is minimal once you arrive. However, travellers quickly find out that it is most popular for its home baked pies, made blatantly obvious by the queue outside the bakery.
The majestic views of the Sonderberg mountain range and neighbouring farms deliver that ideal country-side charm that many seek. If further explored, tourists can have several exhilarating outdoor experiences such as canoeing, walking along historic hiking trails and 4x4 driving. Additionally, the river banks are home to hundreds of bird species, in particular the endangered Blue Crane.
The residents are made up of employees from the nearby farms, retirees and local business owners. In fact, some of the inhabitants say that Riviersonderend is not a place to make a living but rather a place to live. With its picturesque setting, crisp farm air, accessible amenities and calm atmosphere, it’s easy to see why they love to call it home.
As the N2 highway acts as the main street here, locals are accustomed to passing travellers and are ordinarily friendly and ready to help if need be. Furthermore, if you’ve forgotten to pack something, there is a wide selection of stores available, including pharmacies, supermarkets, butcheries and clothing outlets.
If you’re looking to truly experience small town living and an outdoor lifestyle, this might be the spot for you. Therefore, for a quick escape into the countryside break away to this beautiful and peaceful slice of heaven.