Then, on to Riversdale, where, if you’re into art and antiques, the Julius Gordon Africana Centre houses a private collection of antiques and the second largest collection of art by Thomas Bowler.Have a look – it’s in the Versveld House in Long Street. There are two aloe vera factories and shops just off the N2; both sell a wide range of skin, beauty and health products made with aloe vera.) at the Paul Cluver Wine Estate or the empowerment project Thandi Wine Estate – both are signposted on the N2.Choose from the Orchard, Dassiesfontein Farm, Peregrine and Houw Hoek farm stalls (the Houw Hoek is oldest licensed hotel in SA) – all along the N2.
Here not only is local artists’ work offered, but also young up-coming artists are given the chance to learn and grow in a creative environment. Swellendam is the largest youngberry growing area in the country.
So, to see the sights that you would most enjoy, we have given you a selection of superb detours from which to choose, and customise your trip.
As the basic route is the N2, each detour takes you off the N2, only to re-join it later.
In November, don’t miss the superb annual Rose and Garden Festival – with more than 10 000 blooms on display at the Elgin Country Club with plenty of entertainment. Just before arriving at Caledon, take the R406 if you wish to follow Detour 1C .
Return to Route Outline Continue on the N2 to: Enjoy the sweeping rural views: rivers, wild flowers and wide plains.