About Calvinia Hotel
When entering the Calvinia Hotel, visitors are still welcomed with true warm country hospitality. Formed in 1851 on the Oorlogskloof River and named after religious reformer Johan Calvin, Calvinia lies at the foot of the dolerite-topped Hantam Mountains; ‘Hantam’ being a Khoi word meaning ‘where the red bulbs grow’. It is the region’s key growth point and one of the country’s largest wool-producing areas. Calvinia enjoys 80% starlight and the night sky is an attraction for many city dwellers and astronomers.
The Calvinia Hotel was formally known as the Hantam Hotel and in the olden days The Royal Hotel. On Wednesday 28th April 1926 a banquet was held in the Royal Hotel in honour of the visit of the Earl of Athlone and HRH Princess Alice to the town. The menu and dance programme of this occasion are displayed in the reception area of the Hotel. During 1994, part of the Hotel was destroyed by fire, but rebuilt in 1995. The new owners took over in December 2012 and the upgrade and renovations were completed in April 2013.
The hotel offers 25 rooms (18 with aircon and seven with fans) all with en-suite showers and bathrooms, a splash pool to cool off in the summer heat, conference facilities for up to 80 pax, a beer garden, secure parking and restaurant and bar which is currently independently owned and operated.
Conferences, Weddings and Dining
Our conference room can accommodate up to 80 pax schoolroom seated and 40 pax boardroom seated. We also cater for weddings and functions for up to 100 persons. The privately owned Kontrei Kombuis Restaurant is situated on the premises.
ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
4 × 4 routes:
There are various routes, some steep in Anglo Boer War history, along the escarpment with picturesque views and San paintings, or along the riverbed with huge Namaqua fig trees clinging to the rock surfaces. A must during spring when thick carpets of flowers adorn the countryside
Akkerendam Nature Reserve:
Offering walks for the fit or the frail which afford you to take in the magnificent scenery, study the Sterboom and up to 65 species of birds
Dutch Reformed Church:
Designed by Gaysford, a Potchefstroom architect, the church is in neo Gothic style and cost GBP1,200 to build
Grave of Abraham Esau:
Anglo-Boer War martyr
House in the art deco Old Synagogue built in 1920, exhibits portray the lives of the early European settlers. A cedarwood horse mill and old locomotive train relate the history of the area
During the Flower Season (September – October) each year, up-to-date maps direct flower-lovers to the best shows
FLOWER SEASON & HANTAM MEAT FESTIVAL
The Hantam Vleisfees (Meat Festival) is an annual event which is held in Calvinia in the Northern Cape and the small but beautiful town comes alive with festivities. The first Vleisfees was held in 1990 and has grown bigger and better each year. It is a popular event with music concerts and street parties and the popular Miss Vleisfees competition. The festival has a farm-animal expo, lots of farm products for sale such as fresh milk, butter, cheese and lots of delicious foods from braais, stews and potjies to mention only a few. A must experience for the whole family.