The Uniondale Area ..

Uniondale is located on the fringe of the Little Karoo and the Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa. Set amidst mountains, reaching Uniondale is inevitably via one or other magnificent mountain pass. It is a small country town with a friendly and proud community. A common observation by visitors is the cleanliness of the town.

The little town of Uniondale has most of the facilities required to accommodate visitors: 

  • Banks (First National Bank, Standard Bank and ABSA Bank)
  • Post Office
  • Various cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, small supermarkets and general stores
  • Municipal offices and library
  • Lawyer
  • Police station and Correctional Services
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Sports grounds and swimming facilities
  • Hospital and doctor
  • Garage and filling stations

George and Oudtshoorn are within easy reach of the town and provide a larger business, shopping and entertainment variety. 110km from George and Oudtshoorn and 77km from Knysna

The surrounding area is diverse and at places magnificent. Roads lead through beautiful ravines overflowing with vivid colours and extraordinary sandstone rock formations. Flowering aloes and other plants abound.

 

Climate
Uniondale has a reasonably comfortable climate. Summer days can get quite warm but a breeze normally cools the air just before sunset leaving the evenings pleasant. Winter days can get cold (snowfalls occur in the surrounding mountains) but most winter days are sunny.

The area has a relatively low rainfall of between 250 and 450mm a year but is still well watered by many perennial streams. The main rainfall occurs during the winter months, but thundershowers often occur during summer.

Farming
The main farming activities in the surrounding area include livestock (game, ostrich, cattle, horses, sheep, goats), fruit (mainly apples and peaches) and various other growing products.

Things to do and see in Uniondale
Below are some ideas of things to do while visiting Uniondale. The Tourist Information office is within walking distance from Bon Accord Guest House and can provide you with more information.

Uniondale Cultural History
Nature Drives / Walks

Explore the cultural history and architecture of Uniondale. Visit the historic fort, churches, watermill, Jewish synagogue and many other places of interest.

Get more information from the Tourist Information Centre.

There are many places to explore nature. The Kammanassie Nature Reserve is no longer maintained by Nature Conservation but the area is stunning. Take a trip to the area and enjoy the scenic drive and walks. Explore "Die Poort" just outside Uniondale with awesome formations and scenery.

Mountain Passes
Arts & Crafts

Uniondale is surrounded by some of the most spectacular and scenic mountain passes in South Africa. The Prince Alfred Pass is amongst the best. Die Poort and Potjiesberg passes are close by. Not far away is the unique scenery of the Nuwekloof pass, Montague pass, Outeniqua pass and Meiringspoort pass.

Visit local artists and crafters. Paintings, drawings, wire chandeliers, pottery and many other artworks can be found in Uniondale. A selection of these can be viewed at the Bon Accord Shop & Gallery.

Adventures
Mountain Biking

There are many places to explore nature. The Kammanassie Nature Reserve is no longer maintained by Nature Conservation but the area is stunning. Take a trip to the area and enjoy the scenic drive and walks. Explore "Die Poort" just outside Uniondale with awesome formations and scenery.

Uniondale is popular for mountain biking. The annual Karoo to Coast race starts in Uniondale and ends in Knysna. The famous Cape Epic mountain bike race goes through Uniondale in 2007. There are many tracks and passes in the area. Bring your bike and enjoy.

Hiking
Fishing

Various hiking routes exist in the area for you and your group to explore.

Please enquire at the Tourist Information office for more details.

Go Bass and Trout fishing while in the area. The Tourist Information office can provide you with more details.

Uniondale is a quiet, clean and friendly town.

Visit and enjoy country life while being pampered in luxury accommodation.