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33° 32' 14'' S
21° 41' 7'' E
Welcome to Calitzdorp
In a secluded valley along scenic Route 62 (wine route), only four hours from Cape Town, lies the quaint country village of Calitzdorp. At the heart of the Klein Karoo, Calitzdorp is renowned for its superior port wine and is central to the world renowned attractions of the region.
All roads leading to Calitzdorp are downhill! Calitzdorp is known as the port wine capital of South Africa and is situated on Route 62 – the longest wine route in the world.
Calitzdorp, also known as the port wine capital of South Africa, is ideally situated on scenic Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, at the heart of the Klein Karoo, within a couple of hours’ drive of all world renowned tourist attractions in the region. It is a village of architectural treasures and more sights than one could absorb in a single visit.
A four-hour scenic drive from Cape Town and the halfway mark to Port Elizabeth, Calitzdorp is the ideal stopover en route to the Garden Route. The village takes pride in its renowned wine industry, particularly in its world-class port wine. Accommodation ranges from camping sites and self catering to B & B’s and five star guest houses.
Visit the fertile valley of Groenfontein (Green Fountain) on the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains; Seweweekspoort with its magnificent quartzite rock foldings and highest peak (2325m) in the Western Cape, and Kruisrivier that meets up with the road to the Cango Caves on the way to the Swartberg Pass and Prince Albert.
Calitzdorp has several restaurants, art galleries and a museum and classical organ recitals are enjoyed on weekday evenings. There are many hiking and birding trails and tractor tours through the Redstone Hills. Relax and rejuvenate your mind and body in the mineral-rich hot springs of Calitzdorp Spa. Discover Calitzdorp on foot and visit our impressive sandstone church - a national monument – and the charming houses reflecting various styles of 19th century architecture. Drive through picturesque Matjiesvlei to the Gamka River and wonder at the spectacular aloe-clad mountains and colourful succulents.
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ABSA CALITZDORP PORT & WINE FESTIVAL
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Following the outstanding success of the 2009, 2011 and 2012 Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festivals, the 2014 festival will again be centred at the historic Calitzdorp Railway Station, well-complimented by a full and fabulous programme of events at the various wine cellars and village venues..
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