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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

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References and further reading

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

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 351

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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