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Beneath the striking presence of the Sonderberg mountain range and in between the rolling hills of neighbouring farms lies this quaint, countryside town. As the N2 highway acts as the main street, Riviersonderend’s location in the Overberg region is hard to miss.
From the West
The closest major airport is Cape Town International Airport. In order to get out of Cape Town you must head east on the N2 highway, passing Somerset West and Strand.
From here, travellers ascend up Sir Lowry's Pass to reach the start of the Overberg region. After which, you’re treated to views of the Hottentots Holland mountain range, open landscapes and natural flora and fauna.
Once you have passed the Botrivier, Houw Hoek and Hermanus off ramps, you’ll soon approach the major town of Caledon. From the N2, you can catch a glimpse of this bustling mini city, which also has its own hospital, casino and shopping mall.
Once passed this turn off, it’s just another 49.5kms until you arrive at the entrance of Riviersonderend.
From the East
George airport is located at the heart of the Cape Garden Route. If you’re travelling to Riviersonderend from here, the most direct course is on the N2 highway. Along the journey you’ll drive past the historic town of Mossel Bay and bask in the majestic view of the Langeberg mountain range and valleys.
Towards Albertinia, you’ll pass the Garden Route Game lodge which, in addition to the wide open plains, you might also spot wild animals like elephants, giraffes and springbok.
After Riversdale and Heidelberg, the next major town is Swellendam just off the N2 highway. Here, travellers have access to a clinic, breakdown services and a beauty spa.
From this point it’s just another 57kms passing canola fields and farms, until you reach Riviersonderend.
Each route towards Riviersonderend boasts open landscapes, towering mountains, natural forests and of course the ever present ‘farm stalls’ dotted along the way. Therefore, whichever direction you’re headed from, know that the sights along the way are a real treat.
Find directions to Riviersonderend here.