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Enjoy the Therapeutic Springs of Caledon

Set in picturesque surroundings in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, the town of Caledon is located on the N2 national road around 100 kilometers east of Cape Town, making it an ideal getaway spot for visitors from the Mother City. Originally known in Dutch as Bad agter de Berg, meaning Bath Behind the Mountain, and later named Klein Zwarteberg before being renamed Caledon in honor of a Governor of the Cape Du Pré Alexander, 2nd Earl of Caledon, the therapeutic mineral springs nearby – six hot and one cold – are thought to be the main reason behind the establishment of the town.

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Hiking and Kloofing in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve

Named by early Dutch colonists as the 'Holland' of the indigenous Hottentots living there, the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains separate the Overberg region of South Africa from the coastline. Early pioneers had to make their arduous journey over these mountains in their ox-drawn wagons, evidence of which can be seen in the deep wagon tracks etched on the rock, but today visitors to the spectacular Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve can choose how challenging their exploration of the area will be.

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Elgin Valley – The Place Where Apples Are Grown

Known internationally as the place where apples are grown, Elgin Valley is located in the spectacular Overberg region of South Africa, with the charming town of Grabouw as the commercial centre located just 70 kilometers to the southeast of Cape Town. It's reputation as the apple-growing region of the country is well-deserved as the Elgin Valley produces up to 60% of the apples grown in South Africa, but is also known for its pears, olives, wine-making and cut flower industry and is a superb getaway spot where frazzled city-dwellers can reconnect with nature, without having to travel for hours.

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Explore the Limietberg Nature Reserve

With rugged terrain stretching eastwards from Franschhoek towards the Groot Drakenstein and in a northerly direction to the Voëlvlei Dam, the Limietberg Nature Reserve lies within the Du Toitskloof mountains near Paarl, offering a spectacular day-trip for visitors from Cape Town to enjoy. The Breede and Berg rivers flow through the reserve feeding the Voëlvlei, Stettynskloof, Wemmershoek and Threewaterskloof dams, and the vegetation is primarily fynbos and indigenous forest.

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Wonderful Wellington in the Western Cape Winelands

The picturesque town of Wellington is a mere 45-minute drive from Cape Town, offering city dwellers a convenient day-trip destination in the Western Cape Winelands. Proclaimed SA Terroir Top Wine Area 2010, Wellington is home to a number of South Africa's top winemakers, as well as featuring on the Western Cape Brandy Route. Hikers will find plenty of hiking opportunities around Wellington, and those who prefer to view the scenery from the back of a horse, the fynbos trails through the foothills of the Hawequa Mountains offer a range of options for horse riding. Wine, olive and fruit farms in the area offer refreshments and tours, making for a pleasant day's outing no matter which way you choose to enjoy Wellington.

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Discover the Western Cape Brandy Route

The Western Cape Brandy Route takes travelers through some of South Africa's most breathtaking scenery, visiting a diverse range of brandy cellars, many of which have been family-owned for generations. Embracing state-of-the-art production trends, while staying true to long-held traditions, brandy cellars in the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Wellington, Paarl and Elgin areas welcome visitors with warm hospitality as they explore the Western Cape Brandy Route.

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Whitewater Rafting in South Africa

With its majestic mountains, rushing rivers, varied geography and agreeable climate, sunny South Africa has plenty to offer outdoor adventure seekers. Whitewater rafting is an increasingly popular activity in South Africa - both as a holiday adventure and team building exercise. Experienced tour operators ensure the safety of rafters, with varied levels of difficulty offering something for everyone.

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Visit the Spectacular Swartland Wine Route

Incorporating the beautiful regions of Paardeberg, Riebeek Valley, Malmesbury and Berg River, the Swartland Wine and Olive Route was established in 1986 to promote this tranquil paradise to both domestic and international travelers. Situated just an hour's drive from Cape Town, the route is the perfect weekend or day-trip getaway, and being close to the N7 it offers holiday makers en route to the Northern Cape or Namibia a worthwhile detour to break the journey.

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