PLACES OF INTEREST
Ladismith (Cape) 70 Km
Calitzdorp 70 Km
Laingsburg 97 Km
Oudtshoorn 120 Km
97 Km from the Dam via The ROOINEK PASS.
Site of the devastating 1981 Flood which claimed
the lives of 103 people destroyed 184 homes (only
21 were left standing ). 425 mm of rain fell fell
on the 24/25 Th of January 1981. Annual rainfall is
normally + - 175 mm. A marker indicating the height of the flood waters can be seen in the main road.
Between Laingsburg and the turn off to Bosluiskloof the road passes through some remarkable geological features including some memorable folding.
70 Km from GamkapoortDam via SEWEWEEKSPOORT / SEVEN WEEKS
A Historical Town at the foot of the SWARTBERG mountains below the very impressive TOWERKOP peak which is split in two. The climbing of this Peak is legendary and at one time was one of the most daring climbs in South African climbing history. Ladismith is also home to the Ladismith Cheese factory. The local tourist bureau is situated in a beautiful old church. A town well worth spending time driving and walking around.
70 Km from Gamkapoort dam via SEWEWEEKSPOORT / SEVEN WEEKS
The town is famous for its PORT, WINE, HOT SPRINGS and its SANDSTONE / BRICK CHURCH. The church seats a 1050 congregation and is built in the Renaissance-Byzantine style and has a huge organ which is played regularly for visitors, almost on request. All in all a fascinating small town with a surprising amount of activity and history. It is worth spending time there, digging for answers. The people of this small town have an adapt or perish attitude which is infectious.
A drive along a side road from Calitzdorp in the direction of Oudtshoorn takes one through the strange and fascinating "Red Hills" created by red-tinted deposits left many millions of years ago.