Akkedisberg Pass, Stanford

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Akkedisberg Pass Akkedisberg Pass - Photo: Photo: Tracks4Africa

An easy drive along this tarred coastal pass on the R326 links the small farming town of Riviersonderend with the quaint coastal hamlet of Stanford and the coastal road to Hermanus. The original gravel road dates back to 1776 and is amongst the very oldest passes in South Africa.

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Getting there: Riviersonderend, lyrically translated as 'River Without End,' is a relatively young village, established in 1923 when Edith McIntyre sold her farm, Tierhoek ("Tiger Corner") to the Dutch Reformed Church, from whose fledgeling congregation the village was grown. The hiking trails walk one through the Overberg Signal Canon system, established in the 1700s to call up the local residents when war in the Cape threatened to break. The river offers excellent fishing, as well as swimming and canoeing.

Akkedisberg Pass photo collagePhoto collage by Lisa Roberts
Having left Riviersonderend behind you, the Akkedisberg Pass leads you on to the famous whale-spotting town of Stanford. The most oft spotted whale species is the Southern Right Whale. The month of May marks the beginning of the whale-spotting season when the whales arrive to mate and calve in the warmth of the shallower waters, with their numbers increasing all the way through to the peak-season of November. Other species of whales and dolphins include the Humpback Whale, Bryde's Whale and Killer Whale. Common, Bottlenose and Heavisides dolphins playfully patrol the coastline -- adding to the annual flood of tourists!

With the Kleinrivier running through it, mountain views, and just 30 minutes from the sea-side town of Hermanus, Stanford is ideally positioned for couples and families looking for a laid-back getaway in a quaint and historic village that remains true to its entrepreneurial roots – pop into one of the antique stores, restaurants, vineyards or coffee shops. For the adventurous – horse riding, boat cruises, hikes, bird watching and Great White Shark cage diving are all within a 20km radius of the village. Whether you want to shop, see, sip or sleep, visit Stanford.

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South West


6 minutes


100 kph








Hermanus (20km)

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