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Travel Tips – Calitzdorp

Panorama of the Swartberg Mountains and Red Hills scenery near Calitzdorp. Western Cape. South Africa

Panorama of the Swartberg Mountains and Red Hills scenery near Calitzdorp. Western Cape. South Africa

We spent last week in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Western Cape shooting movies and stills for their marketing program and I must say that Pat and I throughly enjoyed the place. It’s an ancient land full of wonderfully adapted desert plants, fossils, San and Khoi paintings, geological features profound enough to gladden the heart of even the most hackneyed geologist, and some pretty awesome wildlife sightings. We were fortunate enough to have witnessed the release of a cheetah back into the wild (have a look here) and generally enjoyed bombing about such a marvellous place. Alas, even the best of things must come to an end and, en route to George where we had some business things to take care of, we spent a night at Calitzdorp on Route 62, taking the opportunity to do some Adventure Biking in the area (Have a look here for photos and details).

Panorama of the Swartberg Mountains and Red Hills scenery near Calitzdorp. Western Cape. South Africa

Panorama of the Swartberg Mountains and Red Hills scenery near Calitzdorp. Western Cape. South Africa

What a lovely little Karoo dorpie Calitzdorp is! We found a delightful, quirky B&B by the name of Anna Sophia and strolled down the main road to a babootie supper at Zamani’s Grill. The highlight though, was the ride up into the mountains to the north of the town. Stunning scenery and some wonderful photo opportunities en route. It’s a circular ride heading out of town on Calitz Street, taking in Groenfontein, Red Stone Hills and back onto Route 62. Its not the sort of road you want to tackle in your Lambo or Lotus but the average sedan should cope with it if you take it easy.

Zamani's Grill in Calitzdorp. Western Cape. South Africa

Zamani’s Grill in Calitzdorp. Western Cape. South Africa

The breakfast the next morning at Die Handelshuis was awesome and a visit to Calitzdorp is not complete without a stopover at Boplaas Family Vineyard for some of their Ruby Port (or any of their other wines and spirits).

If you are heading this way, it’s really worth scheduling a stop here to do a bit of exploring – there’s more to Calitzdorp than meets the eye…

All photos shot in RAW on the iPhone 6s and processed in Adobe Lightroom.

Roger de la Harpe

1 Comment

  1. Rob says:

    There is a dirt road from Mossel Bay Gas installation to Herbertsdale then on to van Wyksvlei and then over some rugged passes to calitzdorp. A great ride for intermediate skilled adventure bike riders but I wouldn’t attempt it on a road bike.

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