• Huisrivier Pass

    Situated between Calitzdorp and Zoar/Ladismith. From Calitzdorp to Ladismith it is but a 50km scenic drive, taking around 30- 40minutes (one way). On route pass Zoar and Amilienstein. Breathtaking and well worth the drive. More Information on the Pass

    Huisrivier Pass

    Rooiberg Pass

    Situated between Calitzdorp and van Wyksdorp. From Calitzdorp to van Wyksdorp is a around a 50km drive, but taking around 70-90 minutes one way. En-route marvel at the flora and fauna, as you pass through this bio-diversity hotspot. This a more rugged route, with gravel roads as you start your climb. Worth the drive, and stop in van Wyksdorp. (Please note there is no fuel in van Wyksdorp, so fill up before you go).More information on the pass

    Rooiberg Pass - Southern start


    Situated 20km from Ladismith, this is a 17km stretch of gravel road running through the Swartberg Mountains, linking the Little and the Great Karoo, with easy gradients, river crossings and incredible geology. It falls entirely under the control of Cape Nature Conservation and more specifically the Swartberg Nature Reserve and is also a certified Unesco World Heritage Site. Time required with a turn around and return to Calitzdorp is around is around 3.5 Hours. More information on the pass

    Seweweeks Poort


    Another glorius gravel and relatively rugged pass, dating back to 1862. The road is named after the many fossilised ticks found in the rocks when the road was built. The main road between Laingsburg and Prince Albert up till the late 1960's when the Gamkakloof Dam was constructed in its path. making this road a dead end (so you have to turn around and return). Reached from Calitzdorp via Ladismith and Seweweekspoort, the route will take some time (plan around 5 hours there and back to Calitzdorp). More information on the pass

    A narrow part of the pass shared with the river

    Swartberg Pass

    The Swartberg Pass is regarded by many as the icon of gravel road passes. Once again a link between the Little and Great Karoo (Prince Albert), and the gateway to Gamkaskloof, this "Thomas Baine" pass is a must see and do, with dramatically changing scenery and rock formation. You don't have to go all the way to Prince Albert, and can still get the magnificance of the pass by turning around at the summit.

    Your time frame may vary, but allow 60 minutes from Calitzdorp, along the Groenfontein Road to the foot of the pass, and then around 40 minutes to the summit. Your descent into Prince Albert is another 40 minutes, so all in all with a return trip to Calitzdorp you are looking at around 2H30 Minutes driving time. More information on the pass

    Hairpins for Africa on the Swartberg pass

    Robinson Pass

    From Calitzdorp, take the day out and enjoy the mild waters of the Indian Ocean in Mosselbay. A stunning modern tarred pass with gorgeous views of the Outeniqua mountains. Travel via Volmoed and join in with the Oudshoorn - Mossel;bay road (R328). Time from Calitzdorp to Mosselbay is 1H30 minutes. More information on the pass.

    Robinson Pass

  • Axehill

    Situated on the outskirts of the centre of town, with tastings by appointment. (2.3km). 30º30'53.94" S 21º41'22.35"

    Contact details : Tel: +27 (0)114474366 / Mobile: +27(0)836763000 : Email : info@axehill.co.za : Web: www.axehill.co.za

    Restaurant nearby : Under the Peppertree



    Situated just off the historic Queens street in town (0.8km from center of town) 33º32'07.85" S 21º41'02.82

    Contact Details : +27 (0)44 2133326 : Email : boplaas@mweb.co.za : Web : www.boplaas.co.za

    Tasting Room Calitzdorp

    Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 17:00 : Saturday: 09:00 – 15:00 : Public Holidays: 09:00 – 17:00 : Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00

    Own Restaurant

    Calitzdorp Cellar


    Situated in Andries Pretorius Street overlooking the Calitzdorp Railway Station in town (0.98km from center of town) 33º32'16.91" S 21º41'10.30

    Contact Details : +27 (0) 44 213 3301 : Email : info@calitzdorpwine.co.za : Web : www.calitzdorpwine.co.za

    Tasting Room

    Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 17:00 : Saturday: 09:00 – 16:00 : Public Holidays: 09:00 – 17:00 (Closed Christmas and Good Friday) : Sunday: Closed

    De Krans


    Situated in Station Road (next to the station) just off the historic Queens street in town (1.3km from center of town) 33º32'24.80" S 21º41'02.04

    Contact Details : +27 44 2133 314 : Email :dekrans@mweb.co.za : Web : www.dekrans.co.za

    Tasting Room

    Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 17:00 : Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00 : Public Holidays : 09:00 – 17:00 (Closed Christmas day and Good Friday) : Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00

    Own Restaurant (Deli and Bistro)



    Situated on the Groenfontein Road on the slopes of Besemkop (1,8km from center of town). 33º30'57.79" S 21º41'41.39

    Contact Details: +27 44 2133137 or +2782 826 2419 E-mail: sales@duswaroo.co.za

    Web: http://duswaroo.co.za

    Tasting Room Hours

    Mon to Sat: 09:00 to 16:00

    Sunday Closed

    Peter Bayley Winery


    Situated on the stunning Groenfontein Road at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains (14.5km from center of town) 33º27'16.78" S 21º45'35.04

    Contact Details : +27 (44) 213 3702 or +27 (0) 83 4575037 : Email :info@baylys.co.za : Web : www.peterbayly.co.za

    Tasting Room

    Generally open from Monday to Sunday, but it is best to phone for confirmation

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    Traditionally a Winter Resort getaway, Calitzdorp Spa is equally popular all year round. At the source (the eye), the water temperature reaches 50ºC. Our Spa is famous for its natural healing waters with rejuvenating mineral water, which bubbles up from mother earth and contains many minerals with iron and manganese in abundance. The natural hot spring baths will soothe the stress of modern living, leaving you relaxed and ready for whatever eventuality the future may hold for you. Calitzdorp Spa is without fail Your Hinterland Haven that has been blessed by Mother Nature exclusively for you.

    Telefax : +27 (0) 44 213 3371


  • Groenfontein / Kruis Rivier Circular Route

    This is a 52km drive on dirt roads (the roads are maintained - so a standard vehicle is adequate). On leaving Calitzdorp, the drive will take you past the Calitzdorp dam, Kraaldoorn Gallery, Marcia's Studio, Watersong Cottage, Peter Bayley Winery, Groenfontein Guest Farm, Groenfontein Accommodation, The Retreat and on to Kruisrivier where Roger Young has a gallery and coffee shop. From Kruis Rivier, you can either head off toward Oudshoorn and the start of the Swartberg Pass, or back toward Calitzdorp. This a scenic route with spectacular scenery, if just looking and driving with no stops, this should take around 90min until back on the R62. From here its 20minutes back to Calitzdorp and 20 minutes to Oudshoorn.


    Concrete Road

    Take the old concrete road from Calitzdorp to Oudshoorn. This drive takes you past orchards and vineyards, and along the way you will encounter the turn off to the Calitzdorp Spa, as well as access to the Rooiberg Pass. This is also the road taken to the Gamka Nature Reserve (Cape Nature), where walks and 4X4 are available. Different to the Groenfontein Route, this drive gives you the open vistas one expects in the Karoo. The road is an old concrete road which while giving a decent surface, is a little uneven in places - suitable for a standard car. The route starts in Calitzdorp, off Andries Pretorius Rd, and joins the R62 12 km from Oudshoorn. If travelling from Oudshoorn, take the turn-off after the Volmoed turn-off.


    Red Stone Hills

    Visible from the R62, as well as from the Kruisrivier Road, the Redstone hills are awesome, especially at sunrise and sunset, when they appear to glow. Include this outing as part of your Groenfontein/ Kruis Rivier outing, or as a seperate outing. 20km from Calitzdorp on the Swartberg side of the R62, take the Kruisrivier turn, and there they are, called Enon-conglomerate, these red/orange sandstones and mudstones were laid down 60 million years ago as sediments beneath water and then tilted by powerful pressures. In the are you will find Red Stone Hill Guest Farm. Be sure not to miss the annual Redstone Hills Mountain Bike and Trail Running challenge


    4 X 4 Routes in the Area


    Tel: +27 (0) 44 874 2184 / 044 203 6300, Website: www.4x4ineden.co.za / www.capenature.co.za, Rating: 3, Contact Person: Cape Nature Conservation - Tony Marshall, Description: Calitzdorp / Oudtshoorn / Prins Albert


    Tel: +27 (0) 44 532 7885, Rating: 3, Contact Person: Michelle, Martin or Magriet, Description: Oudtshoorn, Email: schranch@mweb.co.za


    Tel: +27 (0) 82 377 4762, Contact Person: Anida de Swardt, Email: info@waterfallfarms.co.za, Distance: 50km, Description: Calitzdorp / Vanwyksdorp


    Tel: +27 (0) 44 279 1285 or +27 (0) 82 481 3625 Contact Person: Louis Jordaan, Description: Oudtshoorn,

    Email: minwater@absamail.co.za, Website: www.minwater.co.za, Difficulty of trail: 2 - 5


    Tel: +27 (0) 44 272 4576 Contact Person: Jannie du Toit, Description: Oudtshoorn


    Tel: +27 (0) 44 241 2265 or +27 (0) 82 771 8627 Contact Person: Henry en Martie van der Westhuizen, Email: aangenaam@mweb.co.za

    Difficulty of trail: 3 - 4, Description: De Rust


    Tel: +27 (0) 82 443 3226, Contact Person: Richard Mollentze, Website: www.4x4ineden.co.za, Description: Oudtshoorn


    Tel: +27 (0) 28 551 2177, Situated approximately 33km north-west of Ladismith. At present there are 3 marked 4x4 routes and 1 route that is guided. Description: Ladismith


    Enquiries: +27 (0) 44 874 2184 Situated near the Gamka Mountain Nature Reserve south-east of Calitzdorp and South-west of Oudtshoorn, Duration: 2 days, Website: www.capenature.co.za, Description: Oudtshoorn / Mossel Bay


    Tel: +27 (0) 44 2133 367 or +27 (0) 44 802 5310, Description: Situated 33km south-west of Oudtshoorn and 32km south-east of Calitzdorp, Distance: 75km Duration: 6 hours, website: www.capenature.org.za, Rating: 2


    Tel: 044 272 5114 or 072 199 1919, Website: www.drive-out.co.za, Rating: 4, Description: Uniondale, Contact Person: Katot Meyer


    Tel: +27 (0) 28 581 2440, Contact Person: Johan Boshoff, Email: abr@telkomsa.net, Description: Vanwyksdorp


    Tel: +27 (0) 44 752 1110, Between De Rust/Dysselsdorp and Uniondale, Duration: 1 day


    Tel: +27 (0) 44 2133 756 or +27 (0) 73 174 1028, Contact Person: Selma & Bennie Nel, Description: 13km from Calitzdorp, \

    Email: matjiesvlei@absamail.com, Distance: 22km, Difficulty of trail: 2 - 4


    Tel: +27 (0) 84 351 2120, Contact Person: Hannes la Grange, Email: hannes@4x4fun.co.za, Difficulty of trail: 3 - 4, Description: Ladismith - Laingsburg


    Tel: +27 (0) 44 2133 783, Description: Between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn, 20km from Calitzdor, Duration: 30 - 45 minutes


    Tel : +27 (0) 44 2133 786, Description: Between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn 20km from Calitzdorp, Duration: 1hr and 30 minutes


    Tel: +27 (0) 44 874 3612 or +27 (0) 72 742 4405 or 082 450 2110, Contact Person: Gerrie Ferreira, Email: chandelier@absamail.co.za

    Website: www.chandelier.co.za, Description: Oudtshoorn


    Tel: +27 (0) 28 581 2439, Contact Person: Andre & Sandra Britz, Description: Calitzdorp/Vanwyksdorp

  • Calitzdorp Museum

    The Calitzdorp Museum occupies what was once the Standard Bank building. This museum, situated in Van Riebeeck Street, is about showcasing the cultural history of the region and its immediate surrounds. It explores the life, implements, people and natural treasures of Calitzdorp and the Klein Karoo, extending back generations. The exhibit is varied and comprehensive, and ranges from old photographs to local artefacts. The Calitzdorp Museum is run by volunteers who share a love for the local heritage and natural abundance, and want others to enjoy this passion.

    Monday to Friday : 0930 - 1230 and 1400 - 1700, Saturday : 0930 - 1230

    Telephone : +27 (0) 44 2133414

    email : calitzdorpmuseum@gmail.com



    Calitzdorp is full of historical buildings. Do yourself a favour, and walk through the village to appreciate some of these gems. These buildings are not however restricted to the village, and many others can be seen on the outskirts of town (e.g Groenfontein, Kruisrivier, Wesoewer Rd, and St Helena). Herewith a down-loadable brochure to guide you through the vllage on one of 2 walks. These are relatively short, depending on much time you spend at each bnuilding. If you require any additional information, you can contact the Museum, or the Tourism Office. Enjoy! Walk the History on Foot


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    Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

    The brooding Gamkaberg, together with the equally mysterious Rooiberg, appear to have been laid down as one over the lowlands of the Little Karoo. The Gamka is therefore a range in isolation and its name is derived from the Khoisan, gami, meaning lion, where the Cape Lion – now extinct – once so successfully wondered here. With a number of activities including rock climbing, picnics, hiking swimming and 4X4, this reserve is a delight for the entire family.

    Reserve office hours: 07h30 – 16h00
    Reserve office phone number: +27 (0)44 213 3367
    Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190


    Swartberg Nature Reserve

    Declared a World Heritage Site in 2004, Swartberg Nature Reserve stretches 121 000 hectares between the Klein and Groot Karoo, bordering the Gamkapoort Nature Reserve to the north and the Towerkop Nature Reserve to the west. The town of Oudtshoorn is 40km away. Visitors staying overnight sleep in restored cottages in the Gamkaskloof (otherwise known as Die Hel) and delight in the reserve’s rich heritage. San rock art and artefacts are found in caves throughout the reserve. European contributions to the region’s heritage include three mountain passes built in the 1700s, the Toorwaterpoort railway, Meiringspoort Road and the Swartberg Pass, to link the Klein and Groot Karoo.

    This reserve conserves a diversity of vegetation from renosterveld to mountain fynbos and spekboom veld. It also supports a variety of wildlife, including antelope, baboons, dassies and leopard. Plants begin to flower on the lower levels of the mountain in spring and those fit enough to brave the higher peaks of the Swartberg Mountain could be lucky enough to spot the rare protea venusta. For fans of the beautiful protea, autumn is the best time to spot them in full bloom. Activities include, adventure, hiking, picnics, mountain biking and cycling, recreational fishing and 4X4.

    Office hours: 07:30–16:00

    Tel: +27 (0)44 203 6300, Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190

    Permits for day hikes only are also available from the Oudtshoorn Tourism office at 80 Voortrekker Road, Oudtshoorn, Office hours: 08:30 – 17:00 (Monday to Friday) and 09:30 – 12:30 (Saturdays and public holidays), Tel: +27 (0)44 279 2532


    Anysberg Nature Reserve

    Anysberg Nature Reserve is located in the semi-arid Klein Karoo, between the towns of Ladismith, Laingsburg, Touwsrivier and Montagu. The reserve, established in 1998, encompasses 64 565 hectares of plains and the majestic Cape Fold Mountains, with deep valleys and steep gorges. Fed by three rivers, a diversity of life is supported here amid mountain fynbos and the characteristic veld of the Klein Karoo. It is also a World Heritage Site.

    Visitors will enjoy regular sightings of the Cape mountain zebra, numerous antelope species, the black-backed jackal, caracal, riverine rabbit and brown hyena. Leopards still roam the mountains, although these notoriously shy creatures are seldom seen. About 180 bird species are regularly spotted on the reserve, making it a popular choice for birders. Besides the mesmerizing landscape and rich plant and animal life, the reserve is also home to San rock art, painted thousands of years ago. Activities include hiking, horse riding, mountain bike and cycling, swimming and 4X4.

    Office hours: 07:30–16:00

    Tel: +27 (0)23 551 1922
    Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190

  • The Station Bar


    The Station Bar is situated at the gorgeous old Calitzdorp Railway Station in Calitzdorp. The rustic bar with its "great vibe" is the perfect place for locals and visitors alike to meet.

    Our bar has a pool table and a big screen TV for those epic sports days as well as a roaring fire for the winter chill.

    We offer a wide variety of drinks including the amazing local wines and spirits of the award-winning local wineries.

    Lounge in our licensed bar area or on the stoep, whilst enjoying your favourite tipple or ice-cold beer to quench your thirst.

    Fridays are Braai days! - you simply bring your meal and braai on The Station Stoep. Fire supplied; braai packs available - cash bar of course!


    Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 15:00 to 23:00 - and on Saturdays from 12:00 to late.

    (Closed Wednesdays and Sundays)

    *There are many options available for functions and special events: Please arrange in advance with Andri (+27) 82 686 0016

  • Veld Fliek (Open air movies)


    Enjoy this unique opportunity to view the starts and a movie at the same time. Share it with your friends and the cows. Bring your own picnic stuff, a camping chair or bakkie or blanket to sit on. 11,5km outside Calitzdorp on the Groenfontein Road. Picnic from 6pm and movie starts around 7pm. Weather permittine. No pets please.

    Enquiries on whatsapp: Macia Vermaak +27 (0) 82 338 8782