Despite sitting bang on the N2, and touted as capital of the Overberg, Caledon is yet to make it as a must-see-at-any-cost destination. The town owes its origins to the thermal springs that rise up from the surrounding mountains. When the Dutch first arrived here in the eighteenth century, they found local Khoi people wallowing in steaming holes dug in the ground. Liking what they saw, they imitated them. It was only much later that the Victorians formalised the springs by building a spa – which has since expanded to incorporate a hotel and casino.
If you wish to stay in the town itself, the choice is sensibly limited. Beyond the town however, one can find a number of very pleasant weekend getaways that offer character and picturesque Overberg scenery.
Things To Do
- For a cultural outing The Caledon Museum is both a period house and a museum displaying something of Caledon’s past. You will gain more historical insight by joining a guided tour led by the museum’s curator.
- The Caledon Wild Flower Garden & Nature Reserve has most species of fynbos and a 10km walking trail. A Wild Flower Show is held annually in September.
- Submerge your weary body in the recuperative hot springs of The Caledon, a spa, hotel and casino complex on the town’s outskirts. Follow the experience with tea and scones in the hotel garden before proceeding to the casino, where you are cordially invited to blow what remains of your life’s savings.
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