Activities in Van Wyksdorp

A hidden paradise in the Western Cape, Van Wyksdorp offers a little piece of wilderness for you to explore and leave your mark. With endless outdoor activities available on site or near-by there’s something here that will suit everyone!

Set against the beautiful Rooiberg Mountain ranges, you can spend your time as a guest here strolling through town or taking advantage of some hiking trails including Khoisan Guided Walks. There’s no shortage when it comes to nature; guests are able not only see what animals live in these parts but also learn about them while on their farm tours!

Van Wyksdorp is a great destination for mountain bikers who want to experience different routes. From gentle rides down easy terrain, all the way up through difficult Epic-type trails available from town – We’ve got you covered!

Experience the farmlands and landscapes:

Local farmers are inviting and engaging and many offer visitors the opportunity to witness farm operations, walk, hike and mountain bike on their properties. There are plenty of dirt roads leading to other interesting spots and one can head out and about for a day and still be in nature.

Likewise, there are public roads on which to walkmountain biking routes and off-road biking, although most routes are only known to locals and are not sign posted.

Learn about History:

If you enjoy history, the area is rich in early settler history with many landmarks, farms and grave sites to visit. There are also several beautiful passes and drives in the area and many dams and rivers.

Ask around town and let the friendly community of farmworkers and business owners tell you all you need to know about Van Wyksdorp’s History. You might even get a tour guide to show you all the historic landmarks of this rural town.


Outdoor Activities:

For a day trip, visitors have plenty to experience. They can witness farm operations while driving on dirt roads that lead towards other interesting spots or take a walk among nature’s beauty with little to no cell phone coverage!

For those who want their adrenaline pumping, there are mountain bike routes as well; some known only locally but all fun nonetheless.

Explore the Biodiversity of Van Wyksdorp:

Van Wyksdorp and the surrounding area are one of the world’s most diverse landscapes. From the flowers & plant life to the range of wildlife living freely in the mountains and valleys. 

Witness the beautiful nature of the Little Karoo in it’s purist form,, virtually untouched by mankind. Visit this town for a once in a lifetime experience. 


There are many interesting and noteworthy places to shop in Van Wyksdorp, almost all of them are on the main Van Wyksdorp road (Voortrekker rd) and are within walking distance of each other and several accommodation establishments.

Wildlife & Bird Watching:

This area is a birders paradise and one could stay for days watching the abundance. Outdoor activities in Van Wyksdorp are abundant but there are also things to do for those with a slower pace in mind.

For more info, visit the Ladismith Birding website.

Places to Visit in Van Wyksdorp

Situated in the ‘main street of Van Wyksdorp, The Mall is within walking distance of the local superettes and other small businesses in the area.
They also have a covered patio for our shoppers to enjoy even the rainy days and an enclosed play area with swings and a sandpit for the kids.
The Mall sells almost anything you can think of including hardware, clothing, outdoor apparel and shoes, stationery, toys and gifts, and more.

Eating out in Van Wyksdorp can be a Karoo boeretroos gastro-experience and an opportunity to take some of the Klein Karoo with you.
Come and show your support to the local artists, writers, organic farmers, and the Jobs4Carbon project.
The Spekboom Resaurant also acts as an informational hub to local & international tourists, informing them of all that is to see in Van Wyksdorp.

The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Little Karoo, nestled in the foothills of the Rooiberg Mountains, covered in fynbos and Karoo succulents.
Enjoy a nice getaway on the deck overlooking a watering hole. Wine & dine in our thatched restaurant, or under the twinkling Karoo night sky.
We strive to provide our guests with the opportunity to meet new and old friends, exchange stories, and enjoy the spectacular mountain views.

Blue Sky Organics is the trade name for Buffelshoek farm, a certified organic farm outside Vanwyksdorp in the Klein Karoo.
A glowing and verdant example of working with Nature and allowing the already existent incredible and intelligent natural eco-systems to heal.
Van Wyksdorp is an excellent example of landowners living and farming sustainably.

Hike, Swim, Eat! Whether you seek wide open spaces and endless views, or are fascinated by our diverse flora and bird life, you will love walking the well kept trails that take you through the veldt and up into the mountain. Enjoy a gentle stroll, or something more challenging. Afterwards, swim in our natural pool, relax in our gardens and orchards and enjoy tea, coffee or something cold. Light snacks available. Shop in our farm store where we sell our olive oil soap, shampoo and laundry powder as well as a selection of bottled and fresh produce.

Discover Buffelfontein Art in Vanwyksdorp, a historic mud-brick building bursting with creativity. Explore diverse artworks from local and regional talents, including paintings, sculptures, and more. Immerse yourself in live music, poetry, and workshops. Relax at Buffelfontein Coffee Café with light lunches and artisanal treats. Join us for an unforgettable journey into creativity and community.

Places near Van Wyksdorp:

Using Van Wyksdorp as a base, day trips can be made to the following towns, all within a two hour drive: