Villiersdorp, also known as the
"Pearl of the Overberg", is a tranquil
village graced by oak trees and surrounded
by fruit and wine farms.†
Villiersdorp is a prosperous
apple-growing area which also produces pears, apricots, peaches, grapes and onions. The Mediterranean climate allows
for many outdoor activities and plays an important role in their fruit export. The village is in a valley surrounded by the picturesque Waterval
and Baviaans mountains and lies next to the magnificent Theewaterskloof Dam, South Africa's 7th largest dam. A 9-hole Golf Course is situated
next to the dam, while on the water one can enjoy pleasure cruises, fishing and most other water sports.
The town of Villiersdorp was named after Pieter de Villiers, a local farmer who established the town in 1843. The De Villiers family in Villiersdorp
district played a major part in the development of the area. Sir David de Villiers Graff, who was elected Mayor of Cape Town in 1891 founded the
town's well-known De Villiers Graaf High School in 1907 with a gift of land and £50 000. The buildings were designed by Forsyth and Parker and
built by Mr A.B. Reid & Kie. Sir David's son, De Villiers Graaf, became the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament in 1957.
Villiersdorp also offers tractor tours, camping, B&B and self-catering facilities, restaurants, and wine tasting. For the more adventurous, there
are also exciting 4x4 routes, hiking trails and mountain bike trails in the surrounding Blokkop, AasvoŽl and Sneeukop mountains. Besides producing
wines of excellent quality, the regions wineries are less commercialized and provide good value for money. Villiersdorp Cellar was established in
1922 and is the oldest in the Overberg.† Wine tastings can be done at all the local cellars or at the local farm stall, where there is also a
vintage tractor museum.
The Theewaterskloof Dam was officially opened on the 24th of April 1982 as a backup to the water supply for Cape Town and surrounds. Watersport
enthusiasts will enjoy the Theewaterskloof Dam. Theewater Sports Club is situated on a peninsula stretching into the Theewaterskloof dam and activities
Club members and public visitors enjoy include keelboat, multihull and dinghy sailing, power boating, jet skiing, water skiing, kite surfing,
windsurfing and fresh water angling. Caravan and tent sites on grass are situated very close to the water's edge, with numerous camp sites under
Due to the tranquility and beautiful scenery surrounding our village, a thriving artistic community has developed in Villiersdorp too. The town
also has The Dagbreek Museum that dates back to 1845 and was declared a monument in 1994. It is now a living museum trading as a restaurant and they
also organize guest appearances from South African musicians and actors, like Danie Niehaus and Daniele Pascal.
The Villiersdorp Wild Flower Garden and Nature Reserve cover 536 ha of varied fynbos. The area has a rich botanical heritage and the Protea family
is especially well represented with 25 species. Seventy bird-species have been recorded in the gardens and the reserve. The reserve provides a
number of pleasant and easy walks.
Just 10 minutes outside of Villiersdorp you will find the alpacas, a herd of over 20 of these remarkable animals - members of the camel family.
Bred for their exquisitely fine fibre, alpacas are natives of South America, from the Altiplano region of the Andes mountains. Man has been
associated with the noble alpaca for over 9000 years. Well worth a visit.