The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Caledon

Main street through Caledon


Photo © Johan van Zyl

Western Cape

Caledon is a town in the Overberg area of the Western Cape province of South Africa. The area has had settlers since 1797 when a bath house was built.

One of the major attractions in Caledon is the warm mineral springs which deliver a million litres of water a day at a temperature of 65 degrees Celsius. The water is rich in iron which gives it a brown colouration.

Agriculture plays a major part in the towns existence with maize, beef and canola being the main products.

Tourist attractions in and around Caledon include the Caledon Spa and Casino and the Caledon Museum. The museum houses collections of items from Caledon's history in various historic buildings in the the town.

Nature lovers will enjoy the Caledon Wild Flower Garden (Venster Kloof Botanical Garden) which offers some hiking trails. One can also drive The Blue Crane Route. There are also zip lines and quad trails for the more adventurous.

There is a wide variety of accommodation in Caledon. These include the Casino, bed and breakfast and farm stayovers.

Caledon architecture

There are a number of examples of old architecture

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Scenic sountryside

Caledon is surrounded by scenic countryside

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 37

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 26

go! - Issue 125 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 46

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 54

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 95

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 90

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 111


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