Mountains feature predominantly in the village’s appeal and the well-loved Sleeping Beauty mountain peak provides a backdrop to the town, whose main industry is still farming – wheat, cattle, ostriches, wild flowers and honey-bush tea.
Riversdale is perhaps best known for her abundance of indigenous fynbos.
During winter months, the mountains & surrounding areas are a rainbow floral displays, which have earned the town recognition as the Floral Paradise of the Garden Route.
Riversdale hosts a popular flower show every September with Proteas & Ericas.
Riversdale in September month of the year you are immediately aware of a rather particular odour of the smelly Agathosma, that grows wild here.
It has become a popular export product from South Africa.
In the same vein, honey-bush, indigenous to the area around Riversdale, has become a rather lucrative export.
A couple of honey-bush farmers are on the Eden Country Routes – mapped routes that allow one to visit and experience South African farms and country life.
There are also a number of hikes and walks that take you through this floral kingdom, including forests, mountain pools, waterfalls and Khoi San rock drawings.
The mountains provide a number of activities for the more energetic traveller, such as hang gliding, 4×4 trails, mountain biking and abseiling, whilst the Korentepoort Dam, nestled between the mountain and the pine forests, is a beautiful spot for picnics and watersports such as windsurfing, fishing and canoeing.
Riversdale has a rich cultural heritage and is blessed with a number of historical landmarks.
The Julius Gordon Africana Centre houses an art and antique collection and the paintings by Thomas Bowler.
Did you know this about Riversdale ?
CJ Langenhoven, known as the father of the Afrikaans language, spent the last two years of his school life in Riversdale.
He wrote the poem used for ‘Die Stem’, South Africa’s apartheid era national anthem.
Today it has been incorporated into the last two verses of Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika – representing two sides of a divided country now united.