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Ladismith, Route 62, Western Cape

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Views in the Hoeko Valley

Ladismith is set at the foot of the Klein Swartberg mountain range in the Klein Karoo and is close to the fertile Hoeko Valley where breathtaking views of orchards in the spring and autumn can be added to your photo album.

Ladismith serves as an extensive farming area with ideal climate for the production of quality fruit  - peaches, plums, nectarines and grapes. Ladismith also produces a third of South Africa’s apricots.

Towerkop, the rocky outcrop guarding Ladismith, is a good spot for rock climbing.

If you are interested in buildings, Ladismith developed much of its own style, known as the Ladismith style – a simplified Georgian style – of which there are several restored and well-cared for variations to be seen. Several buildings have been declared National Monuments.

Ladismith ChurchHere are some to investigate: Otto Hager Church (1874), Lutheran Church Complex (1856). The Mission School, across the street from the church, was built in 1869.  The thatched-roofed Teacher’s House adjacent to the school building. Oakdene built in 1876 is a beautiful double-storey Victorian house. Ye Old Cottage built in 1884 is a typical Karoo style cottage with a thatched roof. The Pentacostal Protestant Church built around 1906. Albert Manor built around 1899, is a grandiose Victorian manor house. The old Synagogue (the only Lithuanian style in South Africa) built around 1913.  The old Royal Hotel built in 1883 is a double-storey building in the Regency style. The ‘Volstruis Paleis’ (Ostrich Palace) built around 1903 was built for Joel Mann and his family and is a late-Victorian villa.

The Ladismith Wine Cellar started producing wines in 1948. They amalgamated with Barrydale Cellar and became known as Southern Cape Vineyards. A variety of white and red wines as well as pot-stilled brandy are produced, several of which have won awards in recent years. Turn right onto Ko-operasie Rd, just before the T-junction with Suid for Ladismith Wine and Brandy Cellars. Open for wine tasting & sales: Weekdays: 08:00 – 17:00; Saturdays: 09:00 – 15:00; Contact details: Tel: +27(0)28 551 1042; e-mail:;

Parmalat Cheese factory was the original Towerkop Cheese factory, established in 1942, which Parmalat took over in 1998. A variety of cheese is available at their Cheese Shop where yoghurt, ice cream and other diary products are sold as well. Contact details: Tel: +27(0)28 551 1030; e-mail:; Parmalat is in Suid Street (R62).

We recommend you do our Day Trip through the beautiful Hoeko Valley, where in the spring and autumn you experience breathtaking views of the orchards.