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.