Attractions IN Calvinia

Nature Reserves

Akkerendam Nature Reserve

Akkerdam Nature Reserve lies just outside the little town of Calvinia, which is found at the foot of the Hantam Mountain (mountain of the red bulbs) that towers over the town, roughly 400 kilometres outside of Cape Town. Akkerdam, also known as the ...

National Parks / Nature Reserves

Tankwa Karoo National Park

The 80 000 hectare Tankwa Karoo National Park, proclaimed in 1986 and still in a development stage, is at present in a veld recovery phase and it will be some time before the original vegetation re-establishes itself. Even so, after the occasional ...

Attractions AROUND Calvinia

Botanical Gardens

Hantam National Botanical Garden

Established in 2007, the Hantam National Botanical Garden lies on the Bokkeveld Plateau just outside the town of Nieuwoudtville. It is regarded as one of the world's most special biodiversity treasures, and forms the first National Botanical Gardens in ...

Cultural / Entertainment / Miscellaneous

Nama Riel Dance

Described as ‘dancing in the dust’ and ‘more like a cactus tango or Jitterbug’ the Nama Riel dance is in the grips of a revival that has brought it to the attention of visitors who can’t resist the opportunity to see it in action. Riel or Rieldans has ...

Nature Reserves

Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve

Just 10 kilometres outside of the little town of Nieuwoudtville, between the towns of Van Rhynsdorp and Calvinia, lies the Oorlogskloof (war gorge) Nature Reserve. It is an untamed accumulation of gorges, rivers, caves and plateaus that provide anyone ...

... and a little further afield

Cultural / Miscellaneous / Uniquely South African

Corbelled Houses

These dome-shaped stone dwellings look more like beehives or igloos, depending on what colour they are painted. Built entirely from stone they pepper the landscape only around the towns of Fraserburg, Carnarvon and Williston, in the Northern Cape - the ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

De Aar Solar Farm

South Africa's biggest solar plant lies just outside of the Northern Cape town of De Aar, Known as De Aar 3, the solar power plant uses 167 580 amorphous silicon thin-film solar photovoltaics that stand in long rows ...

Nature Reserves

Doornkloof Nature Reserve

Lying peacefully in the mountainous upper Karoo of the Northern Cape, just outside the little town of Colesberg, Doornkloof Nature Reserve is positioned at the top end of the southern shore of the Vanderkloof Dam - South Africa’s second largest water ...

Nature Reserves

Gariep Dam Nature Reserve

The Free State's largest nature reserve is a combination of the 36 487 ha Gariep Dam on the Orange River and an 11 237 ha game sanctuary on its northern shore. From the Gariep dam some 200 000 ha of land is irrigated, by means of a tunnel of 83,8 km, ...

Game Reserves / Nature Reserves

Karoo Gariep Conservancy

Karoo is a “quenna” word meaning “dry and hard”. Gariep is also a “quenna” word meaning “big water”or river. The Karoo Gariep Concervancy is found on the Karoo “dry and hard” side of the Gariep “big river”. Like its name describes this is a very natural ...

Cultural / Uniquely South African

Karretjie Mense of The Karoo

The small historical town of Colesberg, on the N1 midway between Cape Town and Johannesburg, is where a series of tin shacks line the edge of a few public roads. These rudimentary homes are not part of the usual shanty town that lies ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

MeerKAT Radio Telescope

MeerKat is the precursor telescope to the SKA (Square Kilometre Array) project. It is a radio telescope - the largest and most sensitive of its kind in the southern hemisphere, until the SKA comes into being in ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Molteno Pass

Said to be South Africa's first mountain pass, Molteno Pass links Beaufort West to Loxton, in effect joining the oldest town in the area to the Northern Cape. It lies in the Nuweveld Mountains on R381, completed in 1881 and named after the first Prime ...

Wine Estates

Northern Cape Wine Estates

With a completely different climate to the Cape Winelands, the Northern Cape produces a number of ranges of wines that boast unique flavours. The wine farms in the east have soils with a higher natural acid content and a lower pH level, which results in ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Ouberg Pass

Lying in the Northern Cape the Ouberg Pass descends into the town of Sutherland, the coldest town in the country and home to the biggest single optical telescope (SALT) in the southern hemisphere. Usually one reaches Sutherland via the Verlatekloof Pass ...

Calvinia as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Brandvlei, Britstown, Carnarvon, Colesberg, De Aar, Fraserburg, Gariep Dam, Hanover, Hopetown, Loxton, Middelpos, Nieuwoudtville, Noupoort, Prieska, Richmond, Sutherland, Three Sisters, Vanderkloof, Victoria West, Vosburg

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