The town rests comfortably in the shade of Sleeping Beauty, a peak in the Langeberg Mountain where the dreamer can picture the silhouette of a maiden with long eyelashes brushing her cheeks and her lips puckering prettily. Slow down when in Riversdale and live your passions! The town of the Sleeping Beauty offers you a sense of exhilaration – experience wine tasting; fresh coffee; history; mountain bike rides and a camping experience second to none. Riversdale is well known in South Africa as one of the towns along the Floral Kingdom with the most diverse floral offering and is thus the Floral Paradise of the Garden Route. 

The town rests comfortably in the shade of Sleeping Beauty, a peak in the Langeberg Mountains where the dreamer can make out the silhouette of a slumbering maiden with long eyelashes brushing her cheeks and lips puckering prettily. With its abundance of indigenous Fynbos blanketing the surrounding mountain slopes and bright yellow canola fields stretching out on either side of the N2 during early spring, it’s no surprise that Riversdale has a reputation for being the Floral Paradise of the Garden Route.

Historical buildings, hearty cuisine, wine tasting and unique outdoor furniture provide a fascinating ramble around town. Additionally, the Langeberg Mountains offer a wealth of activities from hiking along fynbos trails to bird-watching and horse-riding.

For those who enjoy a good adrenaline boost every once in a while, paragliding, hang gliding, abseiling alongside waterfalls and rock climbing are also popular options. Located just a few km outside of town – the Korentepoort Dam – is a dreamy waterside spot, where you can spend long, lazy afternoons enjoying sunny picnics on the grass or head out into the water for boating, skiing and canoeing.

Riversdale is also a popular spot among golfers, with the local course being one of the most picturesque in the Western Cape.

The Dibiki Holiday Resort and Caravan & Camping Site boasts Riversdale’s profile as a mecca for nature enthusiasts wanting to escape the crowds and travel off-the-beaten-track. 

Quick facts

  • Founded: 1838
  • Population: 16 176

Riversdale Info

Explorer’s Garden Route 
Telephone:+27 (0)28 713 8000


  • Police: +27 (0)28 713 8500
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Doctor: +27 (0)28 713 2500
  • Fire: +27 (0)83 941 1653


Not to miss

  • Julius Gordon African Centre
  • Dibiki Holiday Resort & Camping Site
  • Old Jail / Ou Tronk
  • Korentepoort Dam
  • Paddavlei Art
  • Cat’s Paw Pottery
  • Baleia Wines
  • Bali Trading
  • Thiart Woodwork Studio
  • Ikigai Coffee Bar & Deli
  • Sleeping Beauty Hiking Trail 
  • Garcia Pass 
  • Day Trip to Vermaaklikheid – 4×4 Adventure
  • Oudebosch Guest Farm & Adventure Activities
  • Aan’t Vette Wines