Route 62, South Africa
Calitzdorp is the capital of Port wines (typically a sweet fermented red variety) of South Africa. Wineries here have won many awards locally and internationally for their truly fantastic port wines. A wine tour to the five biggest estates in the area is definitely recommended.
This quiet town is often underestimated as a tourist destination. With great activities such as open air dining in the Little Karoo (the stars are really bright!), art galleries and organ recitals on weekday evenings, Calitzdorp charms you with its unique character.
A must see is the church hall in Queen Street. A team of local seamstresses has given Calitzdorp a unique legacy in the form of 27 wall-hangings illustrating the gospel according to St Matthew – this is magnificent. In the same street there are also various samples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture.
For plant lovers, 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. The succulents come in different shapes, colours and sizes, creating a world of wonder and amazement.
For hiking enthusiasts, the historic Donkey Trail starts near Calitzdorp. The Donkey Trail is a three night, two day hike over the Swartberg Mountains to Die Hel. Supplies and equipment are carried by donkey. Until 1963, when a road was built, this trail over the Swartberg Mountain from Calitzdorp to Die Hel was the only commercial life line with the outside world.
Calitzdorp has lovely accommodation options, including an old railway station and historic houses in and around town, all with welcoming guests for a pleasant stay.
Calitzdorp Railway Station
|Calitzdorp Railway Station, situated five minutes walk from Calitzdorp, the Port Wine Capitol of South Africa, and alongside De Kranz Cellars, is an idyllic spot for campers, backpackers, caravaners and bikers. The historic ticket office and loading shed, with its sprung wooden floors, is an excellent choice for those searching for a country functions venue Read More|
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