- Western Cape
In the Rawsonville area visitors can expect crystal streams and majestic mountains – a natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, biking and fishing – some of South Africa’s best trout fishing spots are along the Molenaars, Elandjacht and Smalblaar rivers. Those who like motorized activities can quad bike through the vineyards or tackle challenging 4x4 excursions.
The area is also well-known for the Breedekloof Wine Route which includes 22 cellars and wine estates that produce some of the country’s finest wines. This small wine growing and farming community has fast become a tourist destinations, a drive along the Slanghoek Valley Road is a must with its scenic vineyards and breath-taking views will take you past the Dam Fine Café with great food and petting animals, to the Slanghoek Valley Resort which is ideal for weekend getaways.
Rawsonville may be small, but it lies in an ideal spot to explore the surroundings as well as Worcester which offers some interesting options to keep you entertained.
Rawsonville offers some self-catering and resort accommodation options in and around the town.
Things to do and see
- Tierkloof 4X4 Trail
- Slanghoek MTB Trail
- Slanghoek Valley Road Pass
- Avondrood Vineyards
- Badsberg Wine Estate
- Opstal Wine Estate
- Dagbreek Wine Farm
- Breedekloof Wine Route
- Willow Creek Olive Estate
- Fairhills Craft Cooperative
- Tweefontein Padstal
- Bainskloof Pass
- Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens
- Tweede Tol Picnic Site
- Blindiana Museum, Worcester
Rawsonville receives approximately 567 mm of rain annually with rainfall occurring mostly during the winter months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 30˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 20˚C.
In the 1850’s it became clear that there was a real need for a town where Rawsonville now stands today as the area became cut off from Worcester during the rainy season when the Breede River continuously overflowed.
In 1858, the farm Aan-de-Smalblaar belonged to Johannes Petrus Jordaan (Jan Jordaan) who then divided a portion of the farm into 57 residential plots which were sold at a public auction on 11 June 1859.
The town was named after William Rawson, the Cape Colonial Secretary at the time.
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