Walk through the mountains on the Sleeping Beauty or Kristalkloof trails or drive through the beautiful Garcia pass constructed by Thomas Bain between 1874 and 1878. This pass (10 km long) traverses the Langeberg mountains and provides travelers with a spectacular gateway into the little Karoo. It replaced the original bridal path through the mountains that was built with convict labour. The town has a wonderful variety of heritage buildings.

Sleeping Beauty Guesthouse
Sleeping Beauty Guest House is owner managed and we pride ourselves in offering friendly, personal service to our guests.

The house was built in 1880 as the residence  for the local Dutch Reformed Church minister  and remained as church property until 1960, whereafter it was privately owned and farmed with fruit and vegetables.

Later it was bought by a local businessman at which time guest houses were a new innovation  in small towns. He made the necessary renovations and established the first guest house in Riversdale which he named after the Sleeping Beauty mountain peak, the icon of the town.  The profile of a young lady is distinctly visible and once seen, not forgotten.

 Purchased  in 2002 by the current owners, the accommodation has been consistently upgraded and refurbished without upsetting the olde world charm of the building. The house is situated in one of the oldest streets in Riversdale, with a river boundary, a wonderful view of the Sleeping Beauty mountain peak and is surrounded by lovingly restored old Cape houses.
The business area is within a five minute walk and guests can safely walk to the local restaurants in the evening.

Far from the noise of traffic, our guests often remark on the peace and tranquility of the area. To wake up to the early morning bird chorus is something which city dwellers seldom experience. Riversdale is known as the floral paradise of the Garden Route, the mountainside is covered with fynbos and proteas which make a spectacular display when in bloom.

Please note SMOKING DRAGON TRAVEL SHOP offers personalized service - if you can't find what you are looking for on the site please pop us an email or give us a call, we will try and tailor make your trip suit your needs.