Touws River is a small railway town in the Western Cape that is found along the river after which it is named.
Set in the Klein Karoo between the Route 62 towns of Barrydale and Ladismith, Touws River marvels in the beauty and majestic Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains. These mountains are what separate the Klein Karoo from the Garden Route and create the renowned Route 62. Historically, the town initially was never referred to as a ‘railway town’ but instead was one of the first posts after the city of Cape Town. The Luganda pillars that were used for astronomy in the 1880’s is found here and the Kaggakamma reserve harbours ancient San paintings that are almost 6000 years old.
The town is regarded as the gateway to Route 62, which is quite fitting considering the town's name ‘touws’ is the Hottentot word for ‘gate’. Besides being situated on the world’s longest wine route, Touws River also lies on the national flower route; the flowers of the Karoo blossom and bloom during the months from July to September. The rare renosterveld vegetation calls Touws River home in and amongst its wide open spaces; a wonderful place to retreat to for tranquillity.
Accommodation in Touws River is home to a luxurious safari lodge where the Big 5 roam and where game drives and safari experiences can be had, not far from the inner city of Cape Town. Touws River accommodation also offers various self-catering accommodation, suitable for all travellers alike.