Arts & Culture
Calitzdorp has a rich history dating back to 1821 which you can learn more about in our Museum, which boasts amazing artifacts.
There are many artists who have settled in our area and their art can be viewed in the various galleries. Workshops are also available for those who would like to learn a new skill or craft.
The Calitzdorp Museum occupies what was once the Standard Bank building. This museum, situated in Van Riebeeck Street, is about showcasing the cultural history of the region and its immediate surrounds. It explores the life, implements, people and natural treasures of Calitzdorp and the Klein Karoo, extending back generations. The exhibit is varied and comprehensive, and ranges from old photographs to local artefacts. The Calitzdorp Museum is run by volunteers who share a love for the local heritage and natural abundance, and want others to enjoy this passion.
Roger Young-photographer and furniture maker.
Phyllis Midlane- costumière of wedding dresses and character costumes.
One of the most scenic drives in the Swartberg is through the Redstone Hills, to the Kruisrivier Gallery. For a breathtaking 17km drive, take the Kruisrivier turnoff, 12km on the R62 from Calitzdorp. The Gallery exhibits magnificent photographs of the landscape and its people- both humorous and tragic; hand-carved, hardwood furniture; steel sculptures; handcrafted rope baskets; unique bags and hand-felted hats.
Delicious light lunches, great espresso; tea and home-made lemonade are served on the stoep, with its stunning views, through several valleys, to the Swartberg.
Contact person: Phyllis Midlane / Roger Young
Tel: 044 213 3296 / 044 213 3100
Cell: 083 318 9901
Calitzdorp is full of historical buildings. Do yourself a favour, and walk through the village to appreciate some of these gems. These buildings are not however restricted to the village, and many others can be seen on the outskirts of town (e.g Groenfontein, Kruisrivier, Wesoewer Rd, and St Helena).
Our downloadable brochure will guide you through the village on one of 2 walks.
These are relatively short, depending on much time you spend at each building. If you require any additional information, you can contact the Museum, or the Tourism Office. Enjoy!