Vanwyksdorp is situated on a gravel road on route 327 – 42km from Ladismith and 75km over the Garcia Pass to Riversdale and only 116km to Mossel Bay
Established in 1904 on the farm “Buffelfontein”, the town was named after the large number of Van Wyk residents in the area.
The present population is about 1300 which includes the village and farms around Vanwykdorp. The source of water for the village is a mountain spring known as “the eye”.
The Rooiberg Pass leads you 51km to Calitzdorp and the Cloete and du Plessis passes 81km to Herbertsdale and Mossel Bay. These 3 passes are gravel and very popular with mountain bikers and off road motor bikes.
4 x 4, hiking trails, mountain biking are getting very popular for tourists while camping is possible on farms and bush camping in stone houses next to the Groot River. Stargazing and sunsets are amazing to see. Bird watching is very good and the area is abundant with wild life.
With only two general dealers, 2 liquor stores, Spekboom Restaurant/coffee shop/ sports bar. Exciting Vanwyksdorp “mall” . This small town with dusty roads are very special for the outdoor and nature lover. A cyclists haven for training camps
Vanwyksdorp is a very popular but still a quiet and safe hideaway place in the Klein Karoo.