Described as the Northwestern gateway to the Cape Overberg, Villiersdorp lies between the N1 and the N2 on the R43 highway. Cape Town Airport is just over an hour’s drive away and with the winning combination of beauty and tranquility; Villiersdorp is an ideal base from which to explore the Western Cape.
Nestled in the Elands Valley and surrounded by the majestic Stettynsberg and Riviersonderend mountains, apple orchards, giant oak trees and the largest dam in the Western Cape, is it no wonder that Villiersdorp is known as the Pearl of the Overberg. The surrounding abundance of natural and agricultural splendor captivates travelers driving through one of four mountain passes connecting the town.
The journey to Villiersdorp takes just 90 minutes on the N2 from the center of Cape Town. Epic mountain peaks and lush farmlands mark the route. From Sir Lowry’s Pass, the road travels through glorious vistas of the Hottentots Holland Reserve. If travelling on the N1, you’ll take the R44 turnoff and pass through the picturesque town of Franschhoek, eventually reaching the summit of the Franschhoek Pass. As you climb past tight bends on the way up, there are many places where you can pull over and appreciate the dramatic views below. The idyllic waters of the Theewaterkloof Dam wait on the other side of the pass, making for a grand entrance into the town of Villiersdorp.
The popular seaside town of Hermanus, which boasts the annual Whale Festival, is also only an hour’s drive away. The R43 winds through coastal towns and via Bot River before tracing the edge of the Theewaterkloof Dam.
The fine combination of natural wonder and country atmosphere makes Villiersdorp an unrivaled doorstep hideaway. With its spectacular views, easy access and reputation for being one of the more affordable destinations in the Western Cape, you’re bound to be rewarded for taking the road less travelled.
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