4200 HA SHEEP FARM IN THE WITTEBERG BETWEEN TOUWSRIVER AND MATJIESFONTEIN.
Pragtige uitsigte. Sterk boorgat en fonteine, losgoed ingesluit. This little railway town, which is the divide between the Hex River Valley and the Central Karoo, is situated some 185kms east of Cape Town on the N1. As it lies on the edge of the Karoo in the foothills of the Matroosberg Mountains, Touws River is known as the ‘Gateway to the Karoo’. Touws River is situated less than 2 hour’s drive from Cape Town and Cape Town International Airport, making it the ideal location for a country break-away property, a weekend home, or a weekend getaway farm where you can try your hand at being a part-time sheep farmer. Touws River is only an hour’s drive from Worcester – a town that offers great medical care, has a Mall with all the major chain stores, and excellent schools. De Doorns, with its extensive export table grape industry, is the nearest town to Touws River. The vegetation of the area is predominantly succulent Karoo interspersed with stretches of Renosterveld and some cultivated lands, especially along the Touws River itself. Surrounded as it is by the Matroosberg mountains, the area also has some spectacular geological features such as sandstone folding that dates back to the Cape Fold Mountain geological activity that occurred over 150 million years ago. Touws River has its origins in the days of booming railways: In 1877 a railway station was built on the banks of the Touws River and named Montagu Road. In 1883 the name of the station was changed to Touws River, meaning the River of the Pass. Touws River was the first major staging post and locomotive deport north of Cape Town during the building of the Northern railway line. Today, still, the graveyard of old steam engines is a major attraction. Situated at the edge of the Karoo, Touws River is surrounded by sheep farms – the major source of income for the area. Several farms in the area have also been developed as game farms. But Touws River also offers other interesting attractions. With its hot summers and cool winters it is not called an astrological paradise, a nature-lovers and an outdoor enthusiasts dream for nothing! So, whether you are just looking for the perfect weekend getaway, or you are in search of country living and/or affordable housing, Touws River offers the following activities to both visitors to, and residents of, this quiet little town: Aquila Private Game Reserve Anysberg Nature Reserve Touws River Nature Reserve Birding Bushmen paintings Hiking Star gazing Venus Astrology site Museums 4x4 and mountain biking trails Easy access to Hex River Valley and Ceres Karoo
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