The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Calitzdorp

Afrikaans name: Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Western Cape

The small town of Calitzdorp is approximately 4 hours drive away from Cape Town. They call themselves the 'Gateway to the Garden Route' and there are certainly plenty of attractions nearby.

The village of Calitzdorp was founded in the 1830's on farmland that had been granted to the Calitz family and was named after them.

The town is close to three mountain ranges including the Swartberg and Rooiberge. These mountains influence the climate in the town. During summer it is very hot and you can expect very cold nights in winter.

Calitzdorp will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts as it offers birding, fishing, 4x4 routes, hiking, canoeing and much more. The area has a diverse and unique plant life with over 500 species of succulents having been identified in the area.

If you love drinking Port then welcome to the 'Port Capital of South Africa'. There are 7 wineries producing award winning Ports in the area.

Calitzdorp

Die Dorpshuis restuarant and accommodation

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp suburb

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Calitzdorp

The Duth Reformed Church was built in 1857 and is a national monument

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 111

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 682 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 35

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 118

Country Life - Issue 175 - Author: - Published: 2011 - Page: 34

Country Life - Issue 212 - Author: - Published: 2014 - Page: 84

Country Life - Issue 218 - Author: - Published: 2014 - Page: 44

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 46

Mooiloop! The Book - Author: SABC 2 - Published: 2016 - Page: 26

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 73

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 302

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 113

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2014 - Page: 57

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 129

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 46

Village Life Issue 23 - Author: - Published: 2007 - Page: 17

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