Riversdale, Western Cape

Riversdale (Afrikaans: Riversdal) is a town located on the N2 highway between Cape Town and George on the Agulhas Coastal Plain of the southern Western Cape province of South Africa. It is an agricultural service oriented town, being a hub for shopping and other services for surrounding farming communities, smaller towns, and coastal resorts, like Witsand and Stilbaai. It is located beneath the imposing Langeberg Mountains to the north, with Sleeping Beauty Mountain overlooking the town.

Approaching the town of Riversdale on the N2 highway
Approaching the town of Riversdale on the N2 highway
Riversdale is located in Western Cape
Riversdale is located in South Africa
Riversdale is located in Africa
Coordinates: 34°05′49″S 21°15′44″E / 34.09694°S 21.26222°E / -34.09694; 21.26222Coordinates: 34°05′49″S 21°15′44″E / 34.09694°S 21.26222°E / -34.09694; 21.26222
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
DistrictGarden Route
 • Total100.45 km2 (38.78 sq mi)
110 m (360 ft)
 • Total16,176
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African8.9%
 • Coloured75.2%
 • Indian/Asian0.3%
 • White15.3%
 • Other0.3%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans92.3%
 • Xhosa3.7%
 • English2.2%
 • Other1.8%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code028


The town was founded as a church on the farm, Doornkraal, and was subsequently named after Harry Rivers, the then incumbent Civil Commissioner of Swellendam. It was proclaimed a town on 30 August 1838. Riverdale is the seat of the Hessequa Local Municipality. It is also sometimes considered the westernmost point in the Garden Route region.[citation needed]

Notable residentsEdit

  • Dyan Buis, Paralympic Athlete
  • JT Jackson, Rugby Player
  • Dr Cecil Moss, Springbok rugby player and coach
  • Jack Simons, academic and anti-apartheid activist
  • Jan Ernst Abraham Volschenk (20 August 1853 Riversdale – 22 January 1936 Riversdale), was a South African painter, noted for his majestic landscapes of the Langeberg Range in the Western Cape Province
  • Vera Volschenk (1899-1987) was a South African painter who was born in 1899. Eldest of nine daughters of Jan Ernst Abraham Volschenk[3]
  • Willem Botha, Singer
  • Dalene Matthee (13 October 1938 – 20 February 2005), a South African writer who matriculated here at Hoërskool Langenhoven.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii.
  2. ^ a b c d "Main Place Riversdale". Census 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.blouinartinfo.com/artists/vera-volschenk-190688/