Welcome to the Theewaterskloof
Natural assets such as illustrious mountains, the Kogelberg Biosphere, Theewaterskloof Dam, the Blue Crane, special natural protection areas and unique “fynbos”, bird and wildlife species makes Theewaterskloof a place where its population of 125 000 enjoys to stay. It is a popular tourism area with unique places of accommodation, eateries and recreation spots for hiking, mountain biking, water sport and adrenaline activities.
Economic activities focusses on agriculture, environmental and cultural based tourism, manufacturing and commercial businesses that provides in the holistic products and services needs of residents and tourists. Agriculture focusses on grain production, vineyards, apples and cattle farming.
Sir Lowry’s pass is Cape Town’s gateway to the Overberg – the region in which the Cape Country Meander is situated. It’s a route that’s been travelled by hoof, on foot, by ox wagon, and motor vehicle.
First used by Eland antelope to cross the Hottentots Holland Mountains, it was soon discovered by Khoi-khoi pastoralists and San hunter-gatherers. These two ethnic groups are sometimes collectively referred to as Khoisan (sometimes Khoi-khoi or Khoi). It’s a relatively recent term used in opposition to the offensive labels “Hottentots” and “Bushmen”. In spite of a common ancestry the collective identity issue remains contentious. Nevertheless, both are traditionally a nomadic people whom, after the stone-age hunters, were the first known human inhabitants in the Overberg.
By the early 1600s Dutch Settlers from Cape Town ventured further inland on ox wagons and began using the same route. In fact part of the old wagon route is still visible. Visitors can still see the ruts left by heavily loaded ox wagons being pulled over the mountains. In a relatively short time settler community clusters and farmsteads popped up. These became the towns Botrivier, Caledon, Elgin Valley (Grabouw & Elgin), Genadendal, Greyton, Riviersonderend, Tesselaarsdal, and Villiersdorp.