The pretty little railway town of Touws River has a beautiful setting at the summit of the Hex River Mountain Pass lying alongside the Langeberg Mountains. Its wide spaces and beautiful views make it a wonderful space in which to unwind.


When the railway line was built from Cape Town to the north, the first major staging post, locomotive depot and marshalling yard after Cape Town, was built on the banks of the Touws River "river of the pass" at the summit of the Hex River mountain pass. A town of railway men and their families settled there. 

There are two concrete pillars on which, in 1882, astronomical instruments were mounted and used to observe the transit of Venus. The sightings enabled a measurement of the distance between the sun and the earth to be made. These pillars have been proclaimed a national monument.

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