- Western Cape
Little Karoo's best kept secret
Uniondale is a small farming town in the beautiful Klein (Little) Karoo, about 80 km from Knysna and a mere hour drive from George. It lies along the scenic Route 62 and just over the mountains from the Garden Route.
This little town, quite surprisingly, offers travellers more than expected and visitors are delighted with the wide, open spaces, diversity, stunning scenery, magical flora and many historical buildings which includes several national monuments. There are no less than six Anglo Boer War forts – one of which has been restored to its original state and is well worth a visit.
Uniondale boasts more than 300 kms of dirt roads surrounding the town which makes it a perfect destination for mountain biking and cycling enthusiasts. More than 4,000 cyclists ride the 100 km Karoo to Coast mountain bike race from Uniondale to Knysna through the Prince Alfred’s Pass. Uniondale is also within easy reach of some of the most beautiful drives are possible in the area around Uniondale. The Prince Alfred, Homtini, Montagu and Phantom passes, all dirt roads, are sheer breath-taking beauty.
The town itself has a few restaurants, coffee shops, an antique shop and art gallery and even a dinner/pub theatre for extra weekend entertainment and the hospitality is that which can only be found in small karoo towns such as these!
Uniondale well known for our choice of quality accommodation including guesthouses, farm stays, self-catering cottages and camping sites.
Things to do and see
- Karoo to Coast MTB Route
- Ysterhoutrug Picnic Site
- Burchells Track 4X4 Trail
- Uniondale Poort
- Prince Alfred Pass
- Klein Karoo Wine Route
- Swartberg Mountain Complex
- Gamkapoort Nature Reserve
- Kamanassie Nature Reserve
- Uniondale Golf Course
Uniondale receives approximately 710 mm of rain annually with rain falling throughout the year.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 11˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 20˚C.
Uniondale came about by the joining of two towns, Hopedale and Lyon, in 1856. The town was initially known for its wagon building and ostrich feather industries, which later waned and left a quaint farming town.
Its’ primary claim to fame is its ghost story of the Uniondale hitchhiker. One cannot visit Uniondale without hearing of the ghost for which the town is famous, despite the locals contempt for the tale due to the media hype that has surrounded the story. The ghost is said to be a dark, haired women, who after dying in a tragic accident in 1968, now appears to travellers as a hitchhiker. She was first sighted in 1976 and since then a number of sightings have been claimed, involving a female hitchhiker who inexplicably disappears, chilliness in the air and car doors that open and close at the site of the accident.
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