Bad agter de Berg, “Bath behind the Mountain”, as Caledon was known way back in 1797 by travellers and residents for which this was a bath house that was constructed in the then Swartberg as Caledon was first named. With the bath house, other amenities sprang up and was renamed Caledon in honor of the Irish peer du Pre Alexander, the second Earl of Caledon.
Caledon is situated in the Overberg region which forms part of Garden Route to the east and falls within the Western Cape Province.
The region is known for indigenous flowers and fynbos and the fact that it is a picturesque tourist destination offering tranquillity and clean fresh air.
There are only 13 020 permanent residents in Caledon thus there is no traffic congestion and pollution.
The main sources of economic income to Caledon are farming and agriculture comprising grain and livestock.
Being a tourist destination Caledon is famous for the Caledon Spa and Casino and the golden canola fields in spring.
South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane, nests in these golden fields.
Towns surrounding Caledon are;
The true attraction to Caledon must the seasonal flowers and the fynbos as Caledon is within the UNESCO declared conservancy.
Things to do in Caledon;
· Caledon Wild Flower Trail (Hiking Trail)
· Genadedal Mission Museum
· Genadedal Pottery Museum
· Stanford Gallery (Art Gallery)
· A visit to Grotto Beach Hermanus
· Whale watching in Hermanus
· A must do, is a visit to the Von Geusau Chocolate factory located in Greyton.
With Caledon being a tourist destination and an exploration base into the north eastern region of the Western Cape property in the form of B&B’s are sought after. The town is also popular amongst retired persons for the tranquillity and the surrounding countryside.
Take a tour of the properties on offer with the MyRoof website. You may want to look at Caledon as a retirement option.