also known as the "The
Pearl of the Overberg"
it is a tranquil town graced by oak trees
and surrounded by fruit and wine orchards.
is the center of a prosperous apple-growing
region, which also produces grapes, onions,
peaches and apricots.
Dam is a characteristic
feature of Villiersdorp.
The dam, which derives its name from the
farm on which the wall is situated, is
the seventh largest dam in South Africa.
Its full supply capacity is about one-tenth
of that of the Hendrik Verwoerd Dam, which
is the largest impoundment in South Africa.
The town of Villiersdorp
was named after Pieter de Villiers, a
local farmer who established the town
in 1843. The De Villiers family in Villiersdorp
district played a major part in the development
of the area. Sir David de Villiers Graff,
who was elected Mayor of Cape Town in
1891 and served as a Cabinet Minister
in both Cape and Union Parliaments, founded
the town's well-known De Villiers Graaf
High School in 1907 with a gift of land
and £50 000. Sir David's son, De
Villiers Graaf, became the Leader of the
Opposition in Parliament in 1957.
The charming and picturesque Villiersdorp
is worth a visit. It has much to offer
visitors seeking outdoor adventure and
relaxation in a beautiful country town.
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Major Attractions - Villiersdorp
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