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Calitzdorp, Western Cape, R62

calitzdorp1Calitzdorp lies in the dramatic Gamka Valley. It is known as the heart of the Klein Karoo, and is also the port wine capital of South Africa.

Prepare to be wowed by the bougainvillea blooms, the many flawless Victorian, Cape Dutch, Georgian and Karoo-style houses, and the star-studded Karoo night sky.

Visit the Dutch Reformed Church - each evening you can enjoy the popular organ recital by Dr Noël Jean Creil. At Die Dorpshuis, opposite the church, ask for keys to see the famous tapestries that illustrate biblical scenes, woven by congregants many years ago.

Visit the many cellars for free tastings of some of their award-winning ports, brandies and wines. Turn off the Route 62 at Van Riebeck Street signposted for De Krans and Boplaas cellars. The Calitzdorp Wine Cellar is also popular.

Boplaas Cellars is a family concern with Carel Nel, a Cape Wine Master, as owner and cellar master. He is also a member of the prestigious Cape Winemaker’s Guild. With a list of award winning brandies and wines, a visit to this cellar will put you in the upper drawer.

Tastings and sales: Monday-Friday 08:00-17:00; Saturdays 09:00-15:00; Distillery tours must be arranged in advance. Directions: From Cape Town on R62 in town. Turn right into Van Riebeeck St, just before the NG Church. At T junction, turn right into Koningin St. Turn right into Saayman St.

Tel: 044 213 3326

Self Drive Route from Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn. In our opinion, this is one of the best road trips anywhere in the world. This route is part of our fantastic Self Drive Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth on the R62.