Explore Cape Overberg
Contacts for Caledon
34° 13' 52'' S
19° 25' 30'' E
Welcome to Caledon
Essentially the heart of the Overberg, Caledon is situated on the slopes of the Klein Swartberg Mountains on the N2, 120km east from Cape Town.
Caledon is one of the seven oldest towns in South Africa, and its origin and development is linked with the hot springs that emit their healing waters at the base of the Klein Swartberg mountains.
Caledon is most famous for its hot water springs which were discovered by the Khoikhoi, the indigenous people who roamed the land long before the first settlers arrived.
The first sanatorium burnt down in 1946 and from the ashes rose the now famous Caledon Hotel, Casino and Spa, where you can unwind and rejuvenate body and soul, or try your luck at the casino.
Take a walk down historic Mill Street, a conservation area and feast your eyes on the well-preserved architecture of the Holy Trinity Church, the Town Hall, old Masonic Lodge and Standard Bank building. There's even an old water mill at Beaumond farm.
For the active, the Klein Paradys Equestrian Centre offers horse riding and the Rooi Heuwel, Houw Hoek and Baviaanskloof hiking trails are popular. Nature lovers can visit Diepkowe Private Nature Reserve, view blue cranes on various farms or go fishing. Caledon Golf Course is a great place to hit the greens.
Agriculture also plays a huge role in the survival of Caledon, especially the production of barley, which in turn is used for the production of malt for the beer industry. The Southern Associated Maltsters, founded in 1978 and based in Caledon, is the South African beer industry's largest malt producer.
Wine tasting at a variety of cellars is possible and the olive farm at Porcupine Hills is a treat. Enjoy a bit of browsing at the Botriver Market every Saturday or pop by the Houw Hoek Farm Stall, Dassiesfontein Farm Stall, Van Brakel Stoor Farm Stall or Salandra Farm Stall.
The annual Caledon Wild Flower Show exhibits the area's spectacular and abundant array of fynbos. A walking trail through the Nature Reserve offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas and a fascinating look at the diversity of fynbos flowers in their natural habitat, some of which are found nowhere else on earth. Caledon Wild Flower Garden is open daily for flower viewing.
Flower lovers can also pick up flowers at the Protea Nursery and go on a factory tour at Honingklip Dry Flowers.
Caledon is conveniently central for exploration of the entire Overberg region and if you're in the mood for a scenic drive, then try out the Cape Country Meander.
What to do?
Caledon Spa, Casino and Wild flower Garden
The restorative powers of Caledon's hot springs have been renowned for centuries and were likely enjoyed by the original Khoi-khoi and San inhabitants of the area.