A renowned port wine-producing centre in the Klein Karoo, Calitzdorp lies on Route 62, South Africa’s famous wine route, and boasts many well-established local wine cellars. With its scenic surroundings, the town is also popular with bird-watchers and fishing enthusiasts.

On the western side of the Klein Karoo, you’ll find this cosy town surrounded by magnificent mountains, top wineries, and coated in classic South African hospitality. Situated on Route 62, you’ll most likely pass through this little gem on your way to or from the Garden Route. Dubbed the ‘Port Capital of the Country’, you’ll have to stop at Boplaas, De Krans, Axe Hill or Calitzdorp Wine Cellars to decide for yourself. For a quick stop, or a full exploration, Calitzdorp has much to offer.

Highlights

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Have lunch at one of the top restaurants found in the town.
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Visit the town’s museum or art galleries for a touch of Calitzdorp culture.
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For an outdoor adventure explore the area on a nearby hike or bird-watching excursion.
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Experience South Africa’s top wineries at Boplaas, De Krans, Axe Hill or Calitzdorp Wine Cellars.
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Take a trip to the famous Cango Caves at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountain range.

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Best time to go to Calitzdorp

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The best time to visit this quaint little town is from January until May, and September until December. Temperatures will be warm and comfortable during this time, while rainfall will be at a minimum. The semi-arid climate makes for hot summers and cool, dry winters ultimately making it a year-long destination. Depending on when you’re visiting, each season will bring its own wonders.

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