Lutzville, Cape West Coast

The Western Cape coastline is extensive with an incredible beauty that is quite unique, leaving a fond spot in the hearts of those who have visited this part of South Africa. It is known for its fishing villages and friendly, hospitable folk.

Lutzville is a small village along this coastline, close to the fresh waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This settlement is on the banks of the magnificent Olifants River, which makes for some beautiful views and excellent photographic backdrops.

This area was once inhabited by the Khoi people, who were an indigenous tribe of folk that survived as cattle farmers, using the produce of the land. These people thrived on the banks of the river, where the vegetation was lush and the food plentiful. They had established their informal settlements when the European settlers arrived in the late 17th century.

This has lent the entire region an indelible history that has transcended time and development and continues to give the Western Cape a character that is quite special. The river was so named after the elephants that once roamed these plains by the settlers.

Nearby towns and settlements include Vredendal (22 kilometres away) and Vanrhynsdorp (45 kilometres away). Thanks to the fertile soils and appropriate climate, this region has become a popular spot for wine makers that have planted pretty vineyards here. Wine enthusiasts from around the world are sure to enjoy some of the lovely flavours of the Cape during their time in and around Lutzville.

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