Uniondale calls itself “the Little Karoo’s best kept secret”, though judging by the efforts of the local marketing department it would be quite happy to shed this label. Apart from the annual Karoo to Coast mountain biking epic and the occassional agricultural event, this little farming dorp lying in the shadow of the Kamanassie and Kouga mountains is blissfully drowsy most of the year. This said, there has been a slow influx of inkomers who have fled the horrors of urban life in favour of a more sedentary existence - the result is a scattering of new accommodation, one or two restaurants, and even a Friday night dinner theatre. While the dorp itself can be covered at a brisk stroll, the surrounding area has plenty to offer and provides a sane high season alternative to the hoards descending on the coast a mere 90km over the bult. If nature's your thing, between the brilliant Prince Alfred's Pass and Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area to the north, you won't have a dull moment.