Sun Jul 26, 18:00

Join author and historian Dr Dean Allen for this special fundraising event as he tells the incredible story behind his best-selling book ‘Empire, War and Cricket in South Africa’.
The young Scotsman James Logan became known as the ‘Laird of Matjiesfontein’ after the Karoo town he had developed. This famous town is today a national heritage site and a popular tourist destination for South African and international visitors.
Dr Dean Allen’s award-winning talk will explore how Matjiesfontein was created and how James Logan developed this little town in the Karoo into a renowned health resort attracting the rich and famous of the late nineteenth century.
This fully illustrated talk will also explain how James Logan was instrumental in developing the game of cricket in South Africa and examine the controversial but little-known 1901 South African cricket tour to England – a venture funded by Logan himself in the midst of the Anglo-Boer War. Matjiesfontein’s pivotal role in the war is explored alongside James Logan’s incredible exploits during this time. It is a truly amazing story that has had many British and South African audiences enthralled.

This talk forms part of the fundraising efforts to support the community at Matjiesfontein at the time of the current Covid-19 pandemic.


A challenging time for the tourism industry; putting South Africans' health and safety first due to COVID-19 that has landed in South Africa and in the Western Cape.

“The travel restrictions announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to contain the pandemic will inevitably result in a significant negative impact on our travel industry at all levels in the short to medium term”. It is a scary time for all of us.

Touwsrivier Tourism Association has decided to cancel the Easter Market day, which was planned on Saturday, 11 April 2020, due to COVID-19 and the president ordered that all events of more than 100 people are prohibited until further notice.

However, Touwsrivier Tourism urge you please do not cancel your trip postpone it as millions rely on tourism to live.

As soon as the travel ban and other restrictions are lifted in South Africa, we will be hosting new events. In the meantime, we will assist you in all your needs and we will still market our environment on social media and all platforms as always. We will keep you informed of any new developments. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The department of Health urged citizens who display symptoms of Covid-19 to stay at home, self-isolate and contact the Hotline 0800 029 999 and 021 928 4102 for more information.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s safety precautions:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitisers for at least 20 seconds.
• Cover their nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow.
• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

To further help you stay safe and informed, we have put together some useful resources, please feel free to download and share.


There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment with regards to the COVID-19 outbreak – no more so than when it comes to travel plans. Based on information from expert sources (including WHO, South African Government, NICD, and Travel Insurance Consultants), SATSA has compiled FAQs to help you answer some of the most pressing questions you might receive from clients or have yourself.
Questions cover rights as travelers, cancellations and postponements, travel insurance, and measures in place for managing the infection across South Africa, at its borders, and specifically within the travel and tourism sector.

Download the document here.

This epidemic with all its restrictions will pass and together we will regroup and grow South African Tourism and prosper together. Let's keep faith, remain hopeful and stay safe.

Yours in Tourism


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If you are interest in hiring a stall, or for more information, contact Mrs. Sandra Redelinghuys at the Tourist Office between 10am and 15pm at Loganda Karoo Lodge during the week or call the office on 076 680 6559. Visit our webpage on

May you have a happy, prosperous Festive Season!

It is the start of the festive season, a season filled with prosperity and peace. Let us take hands and remember the true meaning of Christmas. We as Touwsrivier Tourism Association is proud to announce two events happening in December.

On the 8th of December 2019, 19h00, at Gideon Joubertpark, it’s time to turn on the Christmas lights.

On 20 and 21 December 2019, we plan a fun festival. This festival will also be held at Gideon Joubertpark. The event will start on Friday, 20 December 2019, from 18h00-21h00 and will be in the form of a Christmas market day. There will be stalls on the premises where locals can display and sell their handywork.

Bring your family and friends on Saturday, 21 December 2019, from 10h30-16h00 to enjoy a fun day. There will be stalls, a jumping castle and a waterslide for the children.

With the holiday spirit at hand and the prospect of a new decade, 2020, Touwsrivier Tourism Association joined hands with all the stakeholders and community of Touwsrivier and organized a Christmas Market Day on Friday December 21 and Saturday December 22, 2019.

Our planning time was limited and we wanted to do something very special for the children and adults of Touwsrivier community. Everything, like a well-oiled team, fell into place. Soon the tangible excitement and reality of the Market Days could be felt at Touwsrivier Tourism as well as in the community. 

Finally, 18h00 arrives on Friday, December 21, just a few days before Christmas. Stalls are visible everywhere, Christmas Carols invite the guests from all over. Smells of delicious food, delicacies, and handmade products are sold everywhere. The spirit goes high as hundreds of children wait for Father Christmas to make his appearance. Hundreds of gift packages were handed out. The joy and smiles on each child's face were unforgettable. Not one child went home empty-handed. Our first day of the festival is on a high note to an end.

13 July 2019 : Memorial Stone Unveiling Ceremony
In honour of the
Personal Sacrifices endured by the Mandela Family
and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of
Madiba Thembekile Mandela
Christina Klaassen
Irene Simelane
Angelo Egidio
Who tragically passed away in an accident on the N1 at Touwsiever on
13 July 1969
President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, then imprisoned on Robben Island lost his eldest son that day.
After his release from prison in 1990, Madiba came to Touws River to seek solace and closure for his grievous loss.
Unveiled by the daughters of the late Madiba Thembekile Mandela,
Ndileka and Nandi Mandela
13 July 2019

Ceremony was hosted by the Touwsrivier Heritage and Conservation Society in co-operation with
The Touwsrivier Tourism Association and the Breede Valley Municipality.
Research done by: Nelson Mandela Foundation & Touwsrivier Heritage and Conservation Society
Sponsor of the granite stone plaque: Botes Funeral Services - Louis Swart and NM Grafstene - Mr. Nigel Meiring
Sponsor of accommodation and refreshment: Aquila Private Game Reserve and Loganda Karoo Lodge
Sponsor of the trees: Breede Valley Municipality
Preperation of Gideon Joubert Park and planting of trees: BVM Touwsrivier
Photography: Ewald Human 

We Sincerely Thank Everyone for their Contribution!!!