Gecko3787x700Discover the magic of the reemerging Karoo town, Touws River. Once know as Montague Roads and before that Daos ab, this little town might have been somewhat forgotten, but is far from gone. As the first town of the Karoo, coming from the Cape, it is known as the “Gateway to the Karoo” and driving the other direction: “Gateway to the Boland”.

Gecko Unsized 21 of 81This Central Karoo town has one of the richest and most diverse histories and once played a crucial role in the developing railway sector of South Africa, hence still known as a railway town. Touws River has seen the humble bushman trek across its vast undulating planes, witnessed the Griekwas briefly find refuge here and can give testimony to the arrival of man and machine. It saw the transition of trains going from steam to diesel and then electricity and over the years have accommodated many great and influential iconic figures like John Douglas Logan, founder of Matjiesfontein and Sir Thomas Bain whom helped with the construction of a pipeline to supply the emerging town with water.
Traveling through town the history becomes even more apparent when you visit the various monuments including a class 23 locomotive, a language monument dedicated to the Afrikaans language, the Delville Wood monument in memory of local residents that fought in the Great War and even a monument in memory of an astrological event that attracted astrologers from across the globe to come and view the transit of Venus both in 1882 and again in 2004 and 2012.
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How to get to Touws River? Whether you are coming from the Cape or up North, the N1 National Highway will bring you to Touws River.

What to Pack

Touws River has a unique climate and you might want to come prepared. We have put together a list of things you might need.

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Karoo Nostalgia - Festive Season

Karoo Nostalgia
Festive Season

This time of year it's like an ant's nest on the roads while people hurry to their holiday destinations.

What better place to be than the Karoo to recharge and relax, away from the city madness. 

As a child holidays in the Karoo will always hold a special place in my heart. Delicious smells of baked bread, cookies, tarts and rusks that filled our home. Homemade ginger beer to quince our thirst. Family that came to visit and endless braais. Even so that after 2 weeks of (red) meat braai, chicken (people from the Karoo's vegetables), were braaied! He-He!

Laughter and chats around the fire while "sakkie-sakkie" (folk music) played over the cd player. 

Warm, carefree days of swimming in the dam with my nieces and nephews to wash away the stickiness of watermelon. Or the mud cakes we made. Years later when we sold the farm we still liked to go swimming, even when it had to be in the local swimming pool. 

Time flies - don't postpone. Cherish each moment you spend with family and friends. Go on that road trip to the Karoo, roast marshmallows over the campfire, sleep in a tent under the stars, swim in a dam or a river...

Enjoy the festive season, I can't wait to welcome you in Touwsrivier!

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