Birding Routes

THEEWATERSKLOOF BIRDING - INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS Show details

THE ENDEMIC AND OTHER SPECIAL BIRD SPECIES OF THE THEEWATERSKLOOF REGION Show details

BIRDING IN THE OVERBERG WHEATBELT IMPORTANT BIRD AND BIODIVERSITY AREA - INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW Show details

THE SIR LOWRYS PASS SITE Show details

THE KOGELBERG BIOSPHERE RESERVE Show details

THE HIGHLANDS AND VALLEY ROADS LOOPS Show details

THE ELGIN/ GRABOUW COUNTRY CLUB & EIKENHOF DAM Show details

HOTTENTOTS HOLLAND NATURE RESERVE Show details

VILLIERSDORP Show details

THE THEEWATERSKLOOF DAM Show details

BOTRIVER VILLAGE AND VAN DER STEL PASS Show details

THE KARWYDERSKRAAL AND SWARTRIVIER ROADS Show details

CALEDON VILLAGE Show details


(NB! This section is still under production and will be completed by middle January 2016. - Ed.)

 

CALEDON TOWN
34° 13'49.54"S 19° 25'30.54"E
CAPE TOWN TURN-OFF
34° 13'31.25"S 19° 24'55.87"E

TURN-OFF TO DASSIESFONTEIN DIRT ROAD
34° 14'05.56"S 19° 25'04.10"E
TURN-OFF TO TESSELAARSDAL
34° 16'08.85"S 19° 26'16.74"E
SHAW'S PASS
34° 18'39.26"S 19° 24'58.03"E
PICNIC SITE ALONG THE N2
34° 12'24.03"S 19° 34'26.06"E

TOWN AND SEWAGE WORKSTWK 4 CALEDON

THE R43 FROM THE N2 TO VILLIERSDORP
CALEDON TOWN AND SEWAGE WORKS
CALEDON NATURE GARDEN
TOWARDS HERMANUS ALONG SHAW'S PASS
TOWARDS TESSELAARSDAL AND THE OUDEKRAAL ROAD

LOCAL AUTHORITY NATURE RESERVES

Caledon Nature Reserve, Caledon 261 ha

PRIVATE NATURE RESERVES

Fynbosrand PNR, Caledon 104 ha

CONSERVANCIES

Klein Swartberg Conservancy, Caledon 14,857 ha

NATIONAL HERITAGE SITES

Boontjieskraal NHS, Caledon 84 m

Drayton Siding NHS, Caledon 157 m

CALEDON
Caledon is famous for it’s hot springs, wild flower garden and reserve, and it’s unmistakable brightly coloured grain fields. The surrounding area is predominantly an agricultural region with some stock farming. From practically anywhere in Caledon you can’t miss sensational views of the Swartberg Mountains and colourful rolling countryside. This is ideal outdoor exploration and adventure territory.
THINGS TO DO:
Activities and attractions in Caledon
Immerse yourself in the mineral-rich hot water springs first discovered by the Khoi-khoi, the region’s earliest known inhabitants
Venture out on a 4X4 trail, go quad biking, mountain biking, abseiling, or water skiing
Take Caledon’s historic walk through the town to see buildings, sites, and objects of cultural and historic significance
Visit the Caledon Museum with its Victorian artifacts and visual rendering of the coloured community impacted by the 1950’s Group Areas Act
The Caledon Museum shop stocks locally made art, crafts, dried flowers, and home baked treats
See an incredible 135 protea species in the Caledon wild flower garden and reserve
Take a 10 km wild flower trail through the reserve to view mountainous fynbos, blue crane, or the Cape Sugarbird often seen near flowering proteas
Ardent flora enthusiasts can attend the annual indigenous wild flower show held annually in September
Buy fresh home-made bread baked in wood ovens at Dassiesfontein
Purchase some Caledon Globes (onions) to take home with you

Mineral Hot Springs
Long before European settlement at the Southern Tip of Africa, indigenous pastoralist Khoi tribes were the first to take pleasure from the seven springs of iron-rich water – one cold, six hot, heated by pressure far below. Perhaps the big game which then roamed the area – elephant, rhino, lion and buffalo – would have savoured the warm nurturing waters too?
Not only is the water’s natural temperature piping hot – around 49.5 degrees celcius – but it is almost entirely free or organic matter.

Today, the springs can be reveled in still at the Caledon Casino & Spa … an elegant establishment, known for its warm hospitality, well appointed conference centre, a variety of sporting amenities and beauty clinic, from which guests emerge invigorated.
Looking back, the arrival of the Cape’s European settlers in the late 1600s, the hot springs propelled the little town to stardom in the early years of colonial settlement. Buildings were erected to enhance the water’s enjoyment – both for sheer enjoyment and the cure of a range of human ailments.
Indeed, the land’s first formal owner was only granted deed title on condition that he guaranteed the waters’ continued use to all in need.
Pleasure in the baths culminated in the grand opening of a magnificent hotel and health centre at the dawn of the 20th century – the pride of Victorian high society, with rooms

(Note that there are links to more information, trip reports and the like below the photographs that may be used to further plan a visit to the area).

Hottentot Teals
African Black Ducks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Sandpiper
Purple Heron  (Images by CM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

    THE CALEDON WILD FLOWER GARDEN Show details

    THE OUDEKRAAL ROAD AND TESSELAARSDAL Show details

    THE R326 BETWEEN STANFORD AND RIVIERSONDEREND Show details

    THE R406 TO GREYTON Show details

    GREYTON VILLAGE AND NATURE RESERVE Show details

    THE R406 BETWEEN GREYTON AND RIVIERSONDEREND Show details

    BIRDING IN AND AROUND RIVIERSONDEREND Show details

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Show details