Calitzdorp is a shining gem in the crown of South Africa’s tourism landscape. Although capturing all the wonderful things this town has to offer in one blog is difficult, we are sharing some highlights!


First and foremost, let’s raise our glasses to Port Capital. We have 7 esteemed wine cellars and the honour of sitting along the longest wine route globally.

But wait, there’s more! Ever wanted to see how brandy or gin is made? Now’s your chance! Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the distillation process, and maybe even sample a few sips while you’re at it.

All of this can be experienced at our Calitzdorp Expressed Festival taking place in June every year.


As part of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve, Calitzdorp stands as a beacon of biodiversity, where three of the world’s most significant hotspots intersect. We are also the hosts of the Annual Calitzdorp Succulent Festival taking place in September each year.

We are committed to conservation and preservation. The Gamkaberg Nature Reserve serves as a sanctuary for the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra, a symbol of our collective responsibility to protect and cherish our natural heritage.

And who could overlook the marvels of the Red Stone Hills, their iron-rich conglomerates can only be found in 3 places in the world.


As we delve deeper into Calitzdorp’s rich tapestry, we encounter historical landmarks that tell tales of centuries past.

The Nel’s River dam stands as a testament to South Africa’s engineering prowess and is the oldest cement dam of its kind in South Africa.

From the majestic Dutch Reformed Church, a national monument steeped in history, to the intimate confines of St. Mark’s, the second smallest Anglican chapel in the world and our local Calitzdorp Museum where you will find many hidden treasures and history about our town.

Our local tour guides will guide you to discover these and other interesting spots.


You can embark on a journey through 21 majestic mountain passes, all within a 130-kilometer radius.

For those seeking rejuvenation and relaxation, Calitzdorp offers natural hot springs, where you can experience restoration through the healing waters.

You can also cruise through our rugged terrain on a mountain bike, guided by locals who know the land like the back of their hand. You will enjoy some epic views that’ll take your breath away.

For those craving adventure, you can take up some canoeing at the Calitzdorp Dam, or hiking as well as many 4×4 trails.

And for all you foodies out there, get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into cooking and baking workshops with the coolest local chefs around.

And when it’s time to refuel, indulge in culinary delights at our local eateries, where farm-fresh ingredients take center stage.

You can also pick your own grapes or apricots straight from the orchards during February and November or join our Annual Apricot Jamboree festival for the benefit of the local Community Chest.  We also have a beautiful pomegranate farm, producing world-class pomegranates with wonderful health properties.

But Calitzdorp isn’t just about adventure and food—it’s also a hub of creativity. Lose yourself in the vibrant arts scene, where local artists showcase their talents in everything from paintings to sculptures. We have an Art on Track exhibition every year in August at The Station where the unbelievable talent of our resident artists is on show.

And when you need somewhere to stay we offer a variety of country houses, guest houses, camping sites and self-catering accommodations in our lovely little town.

And so, as you embark on your adventure in Calitzdorp, remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: ‘Life is a journey, not a destination.’ Embrace every moment, savour every experience, and let the magic of this place leave an indelible mark on your soul. Here’s to the journey ahead!”

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