Kareedouw in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is a gorgeous little town situated between the Tsitsikamma and Zuuranys Mountains on Route 62, only half an hours’ drive from Jeffreys Bay and an hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth or Plettenberg Bay.
Route 62 offers the tourist the more scenic route to that of the N2 highway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. With excellent road conditions, adequate accommodation and the ever changing colours of the mountains, rivers, orchards and vineyards along the way this drive will ensure the traveler an unforgettable adventure.
The small town of Kareedouw is rather simple with tin roofed houses, mainly dirt roads and a large stone Church. You can, however, still find the odd restaurant and petrol station on the main road in this tranquil village.
Places to Visit
Kareedouw provides easy access to the outdoor lifestyle with activities such as 4 x 4 mountain trails and canoe trips along the Kouga River.
Things to do and see:
- Beach Horse Rides Oyster Bay (approx. 44km from Kareedouw)
- The Apple Express Train
- Tsitsikamma National Park
- Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure Park – Waterfall Zipline Tour
- Tsitsikamma Segway Experience
- Bramon Wine Estae
- Formosa Nature Reserve
- Bloukrans Bridge Bungee (approx. 72km from Kareedouw)
Langkloof Valley, rich with fynbos is the perfect place for hiking and bird watching.
February is the warmest and driest month in this small town and July the coldest with August seeing the highest rainfall.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 24˚C with fair rainfall in October and November.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 6˚C and 19˚C with August being its peak rainy season.
Commercial Airlines offer flights into Port Elizabeth, the closest Airport. Self-drive trips can be taken with a hired vehicle along the N2 highway or for the more scenic trip to Kareedouw use Route 62.
If you prefer guided tours in the area, there are plenty to choose from along the Garden Route.
March – Karrie Festival: A celebration of the local brewed Honey Beer known as “Karrie”
August – Worsfees: Held in the main street and sponsored by the local butchery.
More festivals can be attended in the surrounding areas, see Plettenberg Bay, Jeffreys Bay, Port Elizabeth or Knysna
The towns' name came from the Khoi and directly translated means “path by the Karee trees”, so it is no surprise to see most of the streets are lined with trees.
The towns’ existence is mainly due to fruit farming and forestry. Kareedouw is also home to the famous Rensilfier Furniture Factory which produces high quality Yellow, Black and Stinkwood furniture. You can find the Statue of a Woodcutter in the town, erected in memory of the all woodcutters and as a reminder of the towns’ history of forestry.
An important person connected to this town is John Voster, Prime Minister of South Africa between 1966 and 1978. He had a house on the coast and after his death he was laid to rest in “Heroes Acre” in the cemetery alongside the towns’ Dutch Reformed Church.
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