Caledon is known as the ‘Capital of the Overberg’. Lying a mere 120 km from Cape Town heading towards George, it owes its origin to the hot water springs on the slopes of the Klein Swartberg. Caledon is a tranquil town with approximately 9000 residents. It has an extensive agricultural region with products like wheat, barley, canola, onions, wool, wine and fruit. The town has a large number of historical houses and buildings, especially from the Victorian era. These are mostly beautifully restored, lending a special character to Caledon.
|HEMEL-EN-AARDE WINE ROUTE
The Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, meaning Heaven and Earth, is situated close to Hermanus and is simply an incredible experience that should not be missed! It offers magnificent views of the mountains with numerous award-winning wine cellars for wine tasting, restaurants and picnic sites en route.
|THE CALEDON CASINO AND SPA
Head to the Caledon Casino and get ready to gamble! There are non-smoking and smoking areas, offering both slot machines and table games such as American Roulette, Black Jack, Power Poker and High Rise Hold’em Poker.
Head to the Spa to experience the natural mineral spring of Caledon along with other pamper treatments.
|BLUE CRANE ROUTE
The Blue Crane is South Africa’s national bird and therefore printed on the flipside of the 5-cent coin.
The Blue Crane Route was established by farmers of Caledon, who came together to protect the Blue Crane, which is an endangered species, and also to increase tourism in the area. En route you can view Blue Cranes in their natural habitat.
Make sure you taste some of the award-winning wines that are produced at Raka. The estate is open in peak season: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 16:30 and Saturdays 10:00 to 15:00.
|VAN BRAKEL STORE
This store is an old-time country store, coffee shop and popular events venue which was established in the 1920s. You can buy homemade delicacies, art and wines from the area or enjoy a homemade lunch. The store is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00, and Saturdays from 08:00 to 13:00.
|OFF-ROAD GO KARTING
A fun activity for the whole family, friends or corporate groups. Enjoy a little competition and get your adrenaline pumping on this off-road go kart adventure. All equipment is provided.
|CALEDON WILDFLOWER TRAIL
The Caledon Wildflower Trail is a 10 km hike through the Wildflower Reserve in Caledon. The circular hike leads you through mountain fynbos up to the summit of the Swartberg, offering breathtaking and spectacular views of the Overberg area.
|HOLY TRINITY CHURCH
The Holy Trinity Church is a little Anglican Church designed by Sophie Gray who was the wife of Robert Gray, the first Anglican Bishop of the Cape. The church has been a heritage site since 1978. The church has original stained glass windows and an air of reverence.
|SA FOREST ADVENTURES
If you are looking for action and an unforgettable experience on your trip, you can go on a zip line tour, play paintball or try your hand at target shooting in the Caledon forest with SA Forest Adventures. Zip line 8 to 18 meters above the ground, for up to 1.2 km, through a forest of lush vegetation with wildlife below. Play paintball for groups from 8 people up to 250 people, with tree houses, camps, bridges and more as your outdoor field. Or challenge a partner shooting at targets.
The Caledon Museum on Constitution Street is split into the Victorian House and the Masonic Lodge, both displaying different aspects of history.
The Victorian House reflects the heritage of the Caledon community. On Fridays, visitors can also watch a bread baking demonstration in the old working Victorian kitchen.
The Masonic Lodge reflects the history of the coloured community of Caledon.
Situated between Botrivier and Caledon, Dassiesfontein offers its visitors an authentic South African experience. Guests can dine at the restaurant, browse the farm store, visit the gallery as well as learn more about original coal stoves and Victorian fire places.
They are open throughout the week from 08:30 until 17:30.