Holiday Accommodation in Calitzdorp

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Rose of the Karoo CalitzdorpBed & Breakfast
"Home from Home" accommodation offering spacious,well appointed units all with own bathrooms,TV.airconditioning/heating,tea/coffee and rusks.Some units have beautiful views of the Swartberge and farms.Pool and pleasant patios to enjoy a sundowner. Centrally situated within walking distance of all at...

Red Mountain Nature Reserve CalitzdorpBed & Breakfast
The Port Wine Guest House      CalitzdorpGuest House
The Retreat At Groenfontein CalitzdorpSelf-catering

Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp, overlooking a valley that spills like a Horn of Plenty from the Swartberg foothills, is the fruit-bowl of Kannaland and source of South Africa's finest port wines. If the Klein Karoo or Kannaland of old is still alive, then its spirit is here, lingering perhaps in some vista of loft-doored cottages up to their cheeks in orchard bloom. For nowhere is the authentic character of a Klein Karoo community and the unique architecture of the region better preserved. In the spectacular mountains that shelter Calitzdorp on three sides, Nature too, seems unspoiled by the twentieth century.

Awaiting the ecology-minded explorer is a wealth of flora, fauna and geological fascination. No wonder that so many visitors stay longer than they intended, soaking up the region's beauty.

The fertile valley was originally inhabited by San and Khoi people, who left numerous rock-paintings. Buffelsvlei, the quitrent farm on which Calitzdorp now stands, was granted in 1831 to JJ and MC Calitz. Land was donated for a church in 1853 and four years later the foundation-stone was laid and a church school established. Richard van Rheenen Barry was the first pastor and served the community for 40 years. In 1910 it was decided to build a new church as the congregation exceeded 4000 people in number. 1912 Was a very important year Ś the new church and a new school building were completed. Building to the Standard Bank and the Nelsrivier dam also commenced.

Subsequent drought, the Great Flu epidemic and the collapse of the ostrich feather market, were a setback to early development.

However, recovery followed with the opening of the railway line (1924), electrification (1937) and the construction of a cement road from Oudtshoorn (1946-1950). Today Calitzdorp still fits the discription given by a visitor in 1857 Ś "...this romantic and beautiful spot..."


ACTIVITIES
View Applique Tapestries at Dutch Reform Church Hall Tel 27 44-2133311
Birdwatching brochure at info Tel: 27 44-2133312

Monthly Calitzdorp Friendship Assoc. get together Tel:27 44-2133903

Calitzdorp on Foot brochure at info Tel: 27 44-2133312

Visit Calitzdorp Spa Tel: 27 44-2133371

Bi-monthly Environmental Movie Evenings Tel: 27 44-2133414

Fishing for Yellowfish at Calitzdorp Dam Tel:27 44-2133408

Hiking Trails at Gamkasberg Nature Reserve Tel:27 44-2133367

Museum Tel: 044-2133414

Monthly Photo Group get together Tel: 044-2133842

Scenic Drives brochure at info Tel: 044-2133312

Wine tasting at the local cellars 

Monthly Wine Tasting Evenings Tel: 044-2133314

4X4 Route at Gamkasberg Nature Reserve Tel: 044-2133367

4x4 Route at Kraaldoorns Tel: 044-2133764

4x4 Route at B˘jaankop,Matjiesvlei Tel: 044-2133756