The Principle centre of the Hex River Valley, De Doorns is spectacularly situated in the middle of the Hex River Valley but is sun-baked and without shade. Each year the vineyards of De Doorns and the Hex River Valley are transformed into a rich tapestry of Autumn colours - a photographer's dream.

The name means 'the Thorns', as many thorn bushes fomerly grew here.

In the old days the town was a railway base where a second 'pusher' locomotive was attached to trains to enable them to make the steep climb up the Hex River Mountain pass. Nowadays the electric units take the trains unaided.

De Doorns is a busy loading point for table grapes being transported to Cape Town docks or the inland markets of Southern Africa.

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