Gecko3787x700Discover the magic of the reemerging Karoo town, Touws River. Once know as Montague Roads and before that Daos ab, this little town might have been somewhat forgotten, but is far from gone. As the first town of the Karoo, coming from the Cape, it is known as the “Gateway to the Karoo” and driving the other direction: “Gateway to the Boland”.

Gecko Unsized 21 of 81This Central Karoo town has one of the richest and most diverse histories and once played a crucial role in the developing railway sector of South Africa, hence still known as a railway town. Touws River has seen the humble bushman trek across its vast undulating planes, witnessed the Griekwas briefly find refuge here and can give testimony to the arrival of man and machine. It saw the transition of trains going from steam to diesel and then electricity and over the years have accommodated many great and influential iconic figures like John Douglas Logan, founder of Matjiesfontein and Sir Thomas Bain whom helped with the construction of a pipeline to supply the emerging town with water.
Traveling through town the history becomes even more apparent when you visit the various monuments including a class 23 locomotive, a language monument dedicated to the Afrikaans language, the Delville Wood monument in memory of local residents that fought in the Great War and even a monument in memory of an astrological event that attracted astrologers from across the globe to come and view the transit of Venus both in 1882 and again in 2004 and 2012.
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Latest Events

09 Dec 2023
09:00AM - 06:00PM
Heritage Farm Fair

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Good to KnowInfo

Here is some info to help you prepare for your visit. Your Welcome.


How to get to Touws River? Whether you are coming from the Cape or up North, the N1 National Highway will bring you to Touws River.

What to Pack

Touws River has a unique climate and you might want to come prepared. We have put together a list of things you might need.

Emergency Numbers

Sometimes thing goes wrong. Luckily we have you covered when you need some help. Here you will find important emergency numbers.


Media Tour 22 & 23 September 2023


Thanks to some funding we received from Cape Winelands District Municipality, we started our Media Tour on Friday with breakfast and coffee at Kroonplaas Restaurant.
From there we departed to Inverdoorn Safari Lodge & Game Reserve in the Tankwa, approximately 60km from Touwsrivier.
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The majestic Karoo did not disappoint. With all the rain this year the flowers and succulents are most beautiful.
At Inverdoorn the friendly staff welcomed us with warm towels and welcoming drinks.
After we rested for a while, it was time for a game drive.
Everyone enjoyed the game drive, and I would recommend it.
Seeing these animals in nature is truly a privilege.

September is Heritage Month: Animals have no voice.
They can't ask for help.
They can't ask for protection.
Humanity must be their voice.
- AD Williams-

"Inverdoorn supports responsible tourism while creating memorable moments for travelers through an immersive experience of local, cultural, environmental and social encounters."
After the game drive, we had a mouth-watering, buffet lunch under the trees.
Stay in luxury accommodation: Chalets or Ambassador Collection with mini-bar, air conditioning, and private terraces.

Saturday morning we met up with our guests at Aquila Private Game Reserve, Touwsrivier(WC).They had a good night's sleep in their luxury rooms. 🛌
☕We had a few options regarding welcoming drinks and opted for a cup of coffee to warm our insides.
🐾🦓🦏🦛🐘🦒We thoroughly enjoyed the early morning game drive and our guide was very informative. A great activity to do with kids and to keep them occupied this school holiday, starting today. (29 September 2023) 👨‍👧
🍴🍳🥚🥞The game drive came to an end, and we returned for a buffet breakfast served in the dining room. One of the cooks mentioned that he serves up to 350 eggs per day for breakfast. Each one is perfectly prepared for your taste. 👌😋
🚙🚗After the flavorsome breakfast, everyone departed. Bringing an end to the Media Tour.
❤️Again, thank you to Cape Winelands District Municipality for some of the funding, therefore making the Media Educational possible.