Vredendal is a town in the northern Olifants River Valley in the Western Cape province of South Africa.. It is situated 300 kilometres north of Cape Town on the banks of the Olifants River at the southern edge of Little Namaqualand. Vredendal was laid out in 1933 as part of the Olifants River Irrigation Scheme, and attained municipal status in 1963. The name is Dutch and Afrikaans for “valley of peace”, and was taken from the name of an old farm. Vredendal is the administrative and commercial centre of the northern Olifants River Valley and the northern part of the Western Cape province.
Vredendal is connected to the N7 national road by the R362 and R363 roads, which run along the north and south banks, respectively, of the Olifants River. Vredendal is also served by the West Coast railway line which runs from Cape Town to Bitterfontein.. It is on the boundary between the Mediterranean climate to the south and the semi-arid climate towards the north. Winters are mild with occasional rainy days. The summers can be warm to very hot and very dry.
This lush, irrigated farming town is mostly visited during the wild flower season, however, there is much to do here and a layover is advised. Thanks to an efficiently designed irrigation system with water fed via canals from the Bulshoek Dam, Vredendal is an important wine, fruit and wheat farming region. Marble is mined here too, as is limestone.
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