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!

Tourism Greetings

  Black Dot Chincherinchee( Wonder Flower, Star of Bethlehem)
With a little bit of imagination the black dots looks like a heart.....     
                                                                                                                                           The common name Chincherinchee is a translation of the Afrikaans name for this species,
                                                                                                                                            tjienkerientjee, which refers to the sound made by stalks rubbed together.   
                Black Dot Chincherinchee                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                           Chincherinchee blooms between August to December.
 Their star-shaped, bell-like flowers are very decorative and tend to be extremely fragrant.                                                                                                                                                                               Interesting Fact: One common name( Wonder Flower ) was believed to be used because it                                        lasts so long.                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                         Chincherinchee is the most notorious because it can poison livestock.

Come see the floral beauty for yourself....

Please feel free to contact us: +27(0)23 358 1181
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


* Price
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.


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.

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