About Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp is situated in the Karoo, in the Western Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

Western Cape DestinationsCalitzdorp, Karoo

The typical little Karoo town of Calitzdorp lies on Route 62, about four hours drive from Cape Town and roughly half way to Port Elizabeth. Calitzdorp is renowned in its own right for a number of reasons, not least of which is its bona fide Klein Karoo character.

The Klein Karoo is a gorgeous part of the Cape Floral Kingdom that functions as something of a mini desert - sparse, dry and arid countryside interjected by surprisingly fertile valleys, through which mountain streams meander to provide a source of water for the surprising amount of fruit grown in the area.

Calitzdorpís beauty is also largely attributable to the fact that it is bounded on three sides by mountain ranges - the Swartberg, the Rooiberge and the mountains of the Huisrivier Pass - that shelter the town and add to its character.

But Calitzdorp is probably most well recognized for its production of some of the countryís best port wines due largely to the hot, dry climate regarded as similar to the Duoiro valley in Portugal. Vines apparently struggle to ripen here, which, contrary to expectation, actually results in a grape with an aroma-intensity and depth that is key to port making.

Queen Street is one of the oldest streets in town and begs a stroll to properly absorb the number of Edwardian and Victorian, and Karoo style buildings heavily influenced by English architecture. There are walking trails in the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, the Redstone Hills and at Retreat at Groenfontein, and birding in the hillsides and the areas fynbos is more than rewarding.

Additional Reading
For more info see our article "Exploring Calitzdorp in South Africa's Karoo".

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Groenfontein Guest Farm

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Groenfontein Guest Farm

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The Retreat At Groenfontein

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The Retreat At Groenfontein

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Rietfontein Ostrich Palace

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Rietfontein Ostrich Palace

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Reviews of Calitzdorp

One of the reasons why I visit Calitzdorp is the Hanepoot pluk. This was my third year and I hope there is still many years to come. The best grapes and...

Philip Lerm, Sasolburg

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