The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Riversdale

Riversdale photo coming soon

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Western Cape

Riversdale is a small town that is named after former magistrate Harry Rivers, who went on to become the Cape Colonial Treasurer.

The area around Riversdale is known for its spring flowers. The area to the north of the town normally puts on a good display in spring. Once can also visit the Jurisch Park Wild Flower garden which features aloes, mesembryanthemums and others.

Riversdale has also many old buildings which are of interest. There is also the Julius Gordon Africana Centre which has displays of items from the area as well as art work by Pieter Wenning and Thomas Baines.

Nature lovers will also enjoy a visit to the Werner Frehse Game Reserve which is nearby. Besides the diverse plant life there are also Eland, Gemsbok and other antelope.

References and further reading

Things ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 185

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 182

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 43

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 96

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2014 - Page: 74

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 60

Mooiloop! The Book - Author: SABC 2 - Published: 2016 - Page: 92

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 141

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 94


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