10 Facts about Riviersonderend

10 Facts about Riviersonderend

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Travelling through the Overberg, you’ll find a small town halfway between Caledon and Swellendam. Often overlooked as just a stop-over for busses and a halfway stop as you travel to or from the Garden Route, Riviersonderend has so much more to offer. Here are a few facts you might not know about Riviersonderend:

  1. The town is named after the originally known as ‘Zonder End Rivier’ (river without end).
  2. The history of the town began in 1922 when Miss Edith McIntyre sold her farm to the Dutch Reformed council, to be later sold off in smaller plats.
  3. The Council wanted to call the town Nuwedorp (New Town), but opted for the previous used Riviersonderend.
  4. The streets were built around 1925.
  5. The small town holds a 9-hole golf course which was opened in 1949.
  6. The surrounding area holds the Kleinbergie Hiking Trail which allows viewing of the historic signal system that was used in the town.
  7. One of the works of the Riviersonderend Quilting Guild, the Blue Crane quilt, was raffled in aid of the endangered species and raised R11,200.
  8. The namesake river of the town is home to around 65 species of rare and beautiful birds including Kingfishers and Eagles.
  9. The great rugged terrains around the town offer two circular 4x4 routes to test your skills on.
  10. Riviersonderend is home to some of the biggest festivals in South Africa, including Ramfest and Vortex.
10 Facts about Riviersonderend

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