Things to do in Villiersdorp

Villiersdorp is one of 8 charming towns that form part of the Cape Country Meander, following the route once blazed by ox-drawn wagons of the Old Dutch pioneers. Today is it renowned for the magical landscapes and rural charm. From art to alpacas, cellars, a smokehouse and a yacht club, Villiersdorp shouldn’t be mistaken for just another sleepy town in the Western Cape.  

Visitors are spoilt with an array of activities ideal for any water enthusiast or nature lover, those who appreciate art or those who are simply looking for a little slice of quiet country heaven, set within mountains, fruits farms and a quaint historical village.

A defining feature of Villiersdorp and an endless source of entertainment, the Theewaterkloof Dam offers spectacular views of the Franschhoek Mountains. It offers a pristine backdrop for those soaking up the thrills of the water. This popular spot is well known among sport junkies as one of South Africa’s finest locations for water sports and caters to almost any water activity you can think of. Land-lovers can experience the nooks and crannies of the beautiful valley on one of the many foot, mountain bike and 4x4 trails. Nature lovers will also be treated to an abundance of birdlife and rare fynbos that is characteristic of the area. Visitors can also choose a round of golf at the 9-hole course that sits alongside the dam. 

Artsy folk would be pleased to know that Villiersdorp is the leader in the painting course concept, with courses running throughout the year and suited to any level of experience. There are over 50 artists living in the town. From sculptors, painters and photographers, the streets of Villiersdorp provide visitors with a showroom of local talent. Villiersdorp is also home to the Dagbreek Museum, built in 1845 and declared a national monument in 1994. There is also a quirky museum housing a collection of vintage tractors, a great experience for the whole family. 

The cool climate of the town together with the micro-climate created by the Theewaterskloof Dam has resulted in the production of some outstanding and award-winning wines. Part of the Worcester wine and olive route, it is growing in popularity as the most recent discovery of wine writers. Wine tastings from the Villiersdorp Kelder take place at the local farm stall and boutique, while there are a number of other wine farms to visit just outside the town.

The enthusiastic residents of Villiersdorp have seen to it that their town abounds with energy and fun for the whole family with an impressive yearly calendar. During the summer visitors can meander through the moonlight market and buy tasty, home baked treats. The Agri & Arts Festival takes place in October, pairing arts and crafts with music and decades of agricultural heritage, award-winning wines and fresh produce. 2015 also marked the arrival of Stookfees to April’s calendar, where distilling ‘witblits’ has been brought back to life using the old traditional ovens. Each year, party-goers around the Western Cape flock to Villiersdorp for Synergy Live, one of the biggest outdoor music festivals in the country. 

Award-winning wines, olives and farm style-food enveloped by natural wonder gives Villiersdorp its distinctive character while captivating visitors who might have previously overlooked this unassuming little town. Whether you’re in the mood for adventure, festivities or pure tranquillity, there is no shortage of things to do in Villiersdorp, and there’s bound to be something for the whole family to enjoy.

Things to do in Villiersdorp

Arts and culture in Villiersdorp

Arts and culture in Villiersdorp

When travelling to a small town, it’s important to embrace the lifestyle and heritage of the people in order to really connect and experience it. The Villiersdorp arts and culture scene can appease a range of tastes and interests. From interest...

Events in Villiersdorp

Events in Villiersdorp

Villiersdorp events are the highlight of the calendar for residents and holidaymakers alike. As a town that’s rich in outdoor activities and an abundance of natural endowments, planning and hosting exciting events here is easy. From races throu...

Golf in Villiersdorp

Golf in Villiersdorp

The beautiful town of Villiersdorp is situated in the heart of the Overberg on the Cape Country Meander, an easy hour and 20 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. The iconic Theewaterskloof dam is the prized center of activity and adventure of the tow...

Local clubs in Villiersdorp

Local clubs in Villiersdorp

The Villiersdorp local clubs are a central hub of activity for residents and holidaymakers alike. Appealing to an array of interests, hobbies, ages and fitness levels, children, adults and elderly members of the community can enjoy their favourite ac...

Nightlife in Villiersdorp

Nightlife in Villiersdorp

It is always a relief when, at the end of the day, you can hang up your work clothes or leave your traveling shoes at the door and sit down for a drink with friends. It is human nature to want to share stories with loved ones or to even meet a new fa...

Outdoor activities in Villiersdorp

Outdoor activities in Villiersdorp

Nestled beneath the mountains next to rivers, forests and farm lands, you can find a host of Villiersdorp outdoor adventures just waiting to be explored. From micro-light flights over the farmlands or overnight hikes in the nearby reserves, to 4x4 co...

Tasting venues in Villiersdorp

Tasting venues in Villiersdorp

Villiersdorp tasting venues are an excellent opportunity for residents and holidaymakers alike, to sample the fruits of this incredible valley. As an area that’s rich in agriculture, offering a range of farm-to-table goodness, you can take your...