Van Rhyndsdorp Holiday Guide


In 1751 the town Van Rhynsdorp was founded as Truto (Troe-Troe). This happened after the area became known through expeditions made by Pieter van Meerhoff. The name Troe-Troe was changed to Vab Rhijinsdorp in 1881 to honor the Van Rhijns for there contributions made as community and church leaders.

In Van Rhynsdorp three botanical kingdoms converge: Nama Karro vegetation, Succulents in the Knersvlakte and Cape fynbos in the surrounding mountains. North of the Van Rhynsdorp is the Knersvlakte (vast plain covered succulents and quartz pebbles), to the east you can find Bokkeveld Mountains, Urions-kraal Valley and the Koebee Mountains. South West of the town is the Olifants River Valley.

The succulent nursery is a must see for visitors as its the largest of its kind in the world. This nursery also serves as a centre for the preservation of these succulents. Following the winter rains the town erupts into a carpet of colourful flowers. The flower seasons usually starts in July and last up August. A definite must see for nature lovers. Van Rhynsdorp is the oldest town in Namaqualand and also one of the oldest in South Africa.

The Location of Van Rhynsdorp

Coordinates for Van Rhynsdorp:

Latitude: 31.603905
Longitude: 18.73049

Van Rhynsdorp – Amenities

The Ideal base to explore the magnificent Namakwaland Region, its flowery fields and also diverse cultures, Where inhabitants of different backgrounds, and different cultures grow togther in a friendly all naturaly sanctuary right next too the Karoo.

Places to see in Van Rhynsdorp

  • Aloe Forest
  • Gifberg
  • Kokerboom Succulent Nursery Show
  • Nama Karoo (650 million years old)
  • Sandstone Rock Formation
  • Anglo Boer War Graves (Boer and British)

Van Rhynsdorp Activities

  • Birdwatching (Black Eagles)
  • Hiking trails
  • Camping (Snorkfontein)
  • Cycling and Mountain Biking
  • Ghost Walk
  • Off-road Motor-cycling
  • 4 x 4 Trails

Eating out in Van Rhynsdorp

Van Rhyndsdorp itself has only a handful of restaurants but the ones there are excellent and a mere 5 kilometers away.

Van Rhynsdorp restaurants :

  • Buffalo Den Lapa
  • Meet and Eat Steakhouse

Guesthouses in Van Rhynsdorp

Please use the links below to access more details on the featured guest houses, where indicated read the owners/ manager page for the inside story!!

Suttridge Guesthouse