Calitzdorp at a glance
Calitzdorp, South Africa’s Port Capital, is on the R62 Scenic Route halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Nestled in the heart of the Klein Karoo or Kannaland as it is better known, 50km from Oudtshoorn, 110 km from George and 380 km from Cape Town.
In the Klein Karoo. the land of ostriches, wild flowers and birds, the land of majestic sandstone mountains cleft by spectacular ravines, of vineyards and orchard, lies elegant Calitzorp. During the pioneering days hunting was good in the Klein Karoo and soon homesteads were built and by 1845 a community centre was established. The town enjoys a mild climate, especially in winter, and its mineral rich spring waters are a great attraction.
Take a walk down Queen Street, the oldest street in town in Calitzdorp, view Ewardian and Victorian properties and don’t miss the lovely stone church. In the adjoining church hall a team of local seamstresses has given Calitzdorp unique legacy in the form of 27 wall-hangings illustrating the gospel according to St Matthew. There is a small museum and two art galleries.
The Hennie Cloete Nature Garden offers a lovely view of the town and a one-hour walk to view many of the succulents for which Calitzdorp is famous. Further afield is the Gamkasberg Nature reserve, where the new Protea Golden Mimtese was discovered. You can visit the five wine cellars on the wine route: Boplaas, Die Krans, Calitzdorp Winery, Axe Hill and Withoek, which produce a variety of red, white and dessert wines as well as the famous port for which Calitzdorp is world-renowned.
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