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
Give some Warmth this Winter and stand a chance to
WIN an Aquila Safari worth R15 000!!!
Donate and Win!!!
Donate a Blanket and stand a chance to Win a Fabulous Safari Getaway worth R15 000 at Aquila Private Game Reserve!!!

If you are unable to purchase and deliver a blanket, but still want to stand a chance of winning this fabulous prize, you are welcome to donate R100 and we will purchase a blanket on your behalf.

Donations received will provide Warmth to persons in need as part of our Fab Collab Mandela day Celebrations

Terms and Conditions:
  • Competition name: Paarl FM Blanket Drive
  • Paarl FM-winners who have won a prize within the last 30 days are not eligible to win this prize.
  • Competition closes: 12pm on 18 July 2023 (Subject to change without notice)
  • Prize draw: 18 July 2023 – Winners will be announced on Paarl FM and contacted via email.
  • The Touwsrivier Tourism Association will administer the Fab Collab Donation Fund and ensure your donations reach persons in need.
  • Prize Excludes: Transfers + Tips + Beverages + Additional Activities
  • Prizes are subject to availability, valid for one year only, not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash or used on existing bookings.
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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