The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Calvinia

Afrikaans name: Calvinia

Calvinia scenery

Above - Amazing scenery in the Calvinia area

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

The town of Calvinia gets its name from John Calvin, a suggestion made by Reverend Hofmeyr, of the Dutch Reformed Church, in 1851.

Calvinia experiences extreme temperatures at times with occasional summer temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius and winter lows below zero.

In spring the town is a popular tourist destination by people wanting to experience the beauty of the wildflowers.

Calvinia postbox

Above - The biggest postbox in the world

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 51

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 158

go! - Issue 084 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 108

go! - Issue 085 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 52

go! - Issue 136 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 94

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 338

Country Life - Issue 256 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 32

Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Published: 2000 - Page: 88

Getaway - Vol 27 No 04 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 94

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 351

Country Life - Issue 187 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 31

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 112


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