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Calitzdorp municipality had its own Coat-of-Arms which was registered to it in perpetuity. Calitzdorp Municipality no longer exists but legally no one else may use the Arms.
When electricity was installed in Calitzdorp in 1937, it was the smallest electricity supply setup in the country, the least costly installation and Calitzdorp’s supply price was the cheapest per unit in South Africa.
When built between 1943 -1954, the concrete road from Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn - known locally as the \'sementpad\' - was the longest concrete road in South Africa. It was NOT the country\'s first concrete road, as is frequently claimed.
The last ever steam train on the Oudtshoorn-Calitzdorp line was a special Union Line day trip for steam train enthusiasts on 13 August 1997, four years after the official closing of the line. The loco was a class 19D No 2753
The Little Karoo was once an inland sea of approximately 14,500 square kilometers. It would have been a quarter the size of Lake Victoria, half the size of lake Malawi, 24 times the size of the Dead Sea and 87 times the size of the Sea of Galilee!
Huge Fossil bones found in the Calitzdorp district were thought by Hoffman in 1966 to possibly be those of the Giant Plesiosaur – the same as Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster, ‘Nessie’. However they were later identified as those of the sauropod Algoasaurus related to the Brontosaurus.
In the 1800s and early 1900s there was a thriving Jewish community in the Little Karoo. Many of their shops had no doors for customers - who climbed in through the windows!
Calitzdorp has South Africa’s largest Pale Chanting Goshawk bird population – the only polyandrous raptor in South Africa.
The Calitzdorp Nel’s river dam was the first mass-concrete agricultural irrigation dam wall built in the country.
The dam was built in 1913-1918, before modern equipment was available, and work was done with picks and shovels. Donkeys and mules did the hauling. There was one 36 BHP suction gas engine which ran all the major plant.
The Nel’s river which flows through Groenfontein valley and fills Calitzdorp dam was previously known as the Kango river and is shown as such on the original subdivision map of the Buffelsvlei farm, dated April 1834.
The word Kango comes from the Khoisan language – The Khoisan called the Swartberg mountains the Kango and the word means ‘place rich in water’.
A Surveyor General’s Map dated 25 Jan 1847 shows that Daniel Nel owned large sections of the Kango river / valley farmland, Probably why the river became known as ‘Nel’s river’.
Cape leopards still roam freely in the mountains around Calitzdorp. Extremely shy, and ranging over enormous territories, these rare, beautiful animals are seldom seen.
Calitzdorp sits on a geological fault line that runs for 300 kilometers along the southern edge of the Cape Fold mountains – proof being our local hot spring at the Calitzdorp Spa.
In the 1850s the town of George was a 50 hour trek by ox-wagon from Calitzdorp! This time did not include overnight stops and time for the oxen to rest and graze.
After their discovery, the Cango caves were known as \'die Druipkelder’. and only became known as Cango Caves many years later.
When Electricity was first provided in Bergsig, each of the smaller houses had one connection to a street light, and electricity was only available at night when the street lights were switched on.
Lucerne – a major fodder crop around Calitzdorp, came to South Africa from South America in 1861. Its introduction into the Little Karoo dramatically changed the ostrich industry
There are 34 internationally recognised biodiversity Hotspots in the entire world - and Calitzdorp is surrounded by four.
The plant biomes – areas of a certain type of plant growth - are identified as World Hot Spots because of the unique - and threatened vegetation, found nowhere else in the world.
Each of the four World Hot Spots around Calitzdorp –fynbos, thicket, remnant forest and succulent Karoo – has at least 1500 endemic plant species – each Hot Spot biome having more plant variety than the whole of Europe
Calitzdorp’s first cemetery is said to have been in the area of “The Queen of Calitzdorp” Lodge - but maybe this old cemetery was under the \'spookhuis\' - giving reason for its name? Long demolished, the police station now stands where the \'spookhuis\' once was.
During the world-wide ‘flu epidemic of 1918, Calitzdorp was not spared and the beautiful double-storey home at 1 Queen street was used as a make-shift hospital for the duration of the epidemic
More than eleven thousand hand-cut stones were used to build the Dutch Reformed Church. The raw stone was transported by ox-wagon from Swartkop at Vlei Rivier and dressed on the building site.
Because of its enormous size, the Dutch Reformed Church vestry table (5,2m) had to be made on site.
On 22 February 1991 the imposing sandstone Dutch Reformed Church and its surrounding fence was declared a National monument - now known as a Provincial Heritage Site.
The cast-iron fencing, erected around the perimeter of the Dutch Reformed Church grounds in 1899, is eleven years older than the church itself.
The five massive Dutch Reformed Church bells - three huge and two slightly smaller ones, cost £425 and were cast in Germany. They were donated by J J Grundling and his wife in memory of their grandson Jacobus Johannes Grundling Meyer
The magnificent Dutch Reformed Church organ - considered the best in the country at the time and said to have then had 942 pipes, was imported from Hamburg, Germany.
The Huisrivier Pass underwent major upgrading in 2012 and 2013. To the astonishment of workers at a stop/go point on the construction site, a leopard crossed the road right in front of them - in broad daylight!
The very rare, unusual, yellow Protea - Mimetes chrysanthus – was discovered in the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve by game guard Mr Willie Julies in September 1987.
Calitzdorp is on Route 62 – the longest wine route in the world.
Voortrekker road – or Route 62 – was firstly known as Bloekomlaan (Bluegum avenue) due to the number of gum trees which lined the road.
A number of original little houses were demolished on Voortrekker Road and the bluegum street-trees were removed to widen the road when Route 62 was built.
The house which reputedly stood on the land where the police station and magistrates\' court now stand, was known as ‘die Spookhuis’. Could the reason be - that just maybe - this might have been the site of Calitzdorp\'s first unmarked, unidentified cemetery?
Axe Hill winery was named after stone-age hand tools, from some 250 thousand years ago, found on the property when the farm was being established by the late Tony Mossop and his wife Lyn.
It is rumoured that Cecil John Rhodes gave a speech to Calitzdorp residents from the steps of the beautiful residence at 1 Queen Street, but so far we have found no proof of him visiting the town.
Old timers have suggested that the beautiful home at 1 Queen street was ransacked or torched by Boer Commandant Gideon Scheepers and his men during the second Anglo-Boer War. We have found no proof - but we do know that Scheepers was active in the Calitzdorp area at the time.
In 1922 when Howard Carter opened Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt, one of the first things he found was a perfect, 3,000 year old, ivory-handled ostrich feather fan.
In 1918 there were outlying schools in Groenfontein, Buffelskloof, Buffelsjagsfontein, Gamka-Oos, Gamka-Wes, Huisrivier, Janfourieskraal, Kruisrivier-Wes, Uitvlug, Warmbad en Warmwater, along with the Juta and Reenen school.
Spekboom - Portulacaria afra - takes in and uses huge volumes of atmospheric carbon – part of the global warming problem – and converts it into oxygen. How great is that? Plant some and help save the world!
\'Kougoed\' - the Kanna plant, Sceletium tortuosum of the Mesembryanthemoideae family - is a local ancient herb with mood enhancing properties said to rival Prozac! – but it is non addictive and has no side effects.
In 1869 Arthur Douglass invented an ostrich incubator , causing a stir in the Little Karoo where farmers now started fencing their lands to farm ostriches more intensively
In 1872 Mr Burdett opened Calitzdorp’s first shop
On the 3rd of July 2015, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), at a meeting held in Bonn in Germany, approved the elevation of the existing Rooiberg, Gamkaberg and Groenefontein Protected Areas, to the status of World Heritage Sites
Each return journey of the steam train between Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp, burned up four tons of coal!
The first regular train from Oudtshoorn ran into Calitzdorp on Friday 14th November 1924 and the official opening took place a few days later on the 20th November.
Seweweekspoort peak at 2,352m is not only the highest peak in the Klein Swartberg range, it is also the highest in the Western Cape. Classified as an ultra prominent peak it is also the 8th highest peak in South Africa.
Endemic to Seweweekspoort, the first specimens of an unknown, rare Protea were collected by botanists T P Stoekoe and R Primos in 1928. Later thought to be extinct – this Protea Aristata was ‘re-discovered’ in 1953.
The survey for the new Huisrivier Pass was started in 1951. It took almost ten years to find a suitable route over the difficult, treacherous mountains to Ladismith, before construction of the Pass could start.
Seweweekspoort’s rare endemic red Aristata protea was proudly displayed on the 10 cent postage stamp of the South African 1977 Protea Series.
Calitzdorp became the Port capital of South Africa by accident. Years ago, Shiraz vines ordered and planted by the Nel family of de Krans, later turned out to be Touriga Nacional – the main port grape! What a happy mistake!
On 25 December, 2015 there was a full moon. Younger than 38 years old at the time? Then this would have been your first Christmas full moon. The last one was in 1977 and the next one will only be on 25 December 2034!
Everyone knows South Africa’s symbols – the flower symbol is the King Protea, the animal is the springbok, the tree is the Real Yellowwood and the bird is the Blue Crane. But did you know that we have a national fish? Believe it or not, we do! the Galjoen
Western Cape’s provincial symbols : The provincial flower is the Red Disa, the provincial tree is the Silver Tree. Our animal is the Bontebok and our provincial bird is the Cape Sugarbird
The ostrich is the world\'s largest flightless bird, followed in size by Australia\'s Emu and Cassowary.
The Cape Leopard is a small animal - probably the size of a large dog – and is half the size and weight of its Kruger Park cousins. The average weight of a male Cape Leopard is about 35 kilograms.
No longer viable, the Oudtshoorn - Calitzdorp train service was officially stopped and the line closed to regular traffic on 31 May 1993.

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Gamkaberg safari-style tent

Gamkaberg safari-style tent

Gamkaberg Nature Reservelogo - member Calitzdorp Tourism,
This is a Cape Nature Reserve
GPS  33 40 17.51 S,   21 53 18.37 E
Follow R62 or the ‘sementpad’ (DR1688)
from Calitzdorp to the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve sign
35.4 km from Calitzdorp
Main entrance at the northern entrance.
OO on the tourism map (see left column)

Self Catering

Reserve office tel  044 213 3367
Accommodation and permit bookings  tel: 021 483 0190



groenfontein guest farm

Groenfontein Guest farm

Groenfontein Guest Farm logo - member Calitzdorp Tourism,
GPS    -33.5371   21.6853
Groenfontein Road
18 km from Calitzdorp
W on the tourism map (see left column)

Bed & Breakfast
Self Catering 

Contact Hendrik and Martli Oberholzer
tel     044 213 3851



oasis cottage groenfontein self catering

Oasis cottage Groenfontein

Oasis cottage

Self Catering

Contact Reinhold and Maurine Linder
tel 044 2133 307
cell 083 443 5026
or 083 296 2279



Kraaldoorn cottage

Kraaldoorn cottage

Kraaldoorn Cottage
Groenfontein Valley
11 km from Calitzdorp
EE on the  tourism map (see left column)

Self Catering

Contact  Peter Coe
tel   044 2133 764



Kruisrivier Gallery Apartment

Kruisrivier Gallery Apartment

Kruisrivier Gallery Apartment
GPS    S 33°26’29”    E 21°53’03”
On Groenfontein road at Kruisrivier
28 km from Calitzdorp
48 km from Oudtshoorn
FF on the tourism map (see left column)


Contact  Roger Young
tel  044 213 3296
cell  083 318 9901



Kruisrivier Guest Farm

Kruisrivier Guest Farm

Kruisrivier Guest Farm
GPS   S 33°26.173′    E 21°53.362′
Groenfontein road, Kruisrivier
DD on the tourism map (see left column)

Self catering

tel: 044 213 3788



Matjiesvlei cottages

Matjiesvlei cottages

Matjiesvlei Cottages logo - member Calitzdorp Tourism,
GPS    -33.2688    21.39067
5 ks from Calitzdorp towards Ladismith
take Matjiesvlei road. 2 ks
II on the tourism map (see left column)

Self Catering Cottages

Contact Jack Scannell
tel    021 887 3876
cell   082 733 4556



Matjiesvlei guest farm

Matjiesvlei guest farm

Matjiesvlei Guestfarmlogo - member Calitzdorp Tourism,
GPS   -33.5373    21.6853
5 ks from Calitzdorp towards Ladismith
take Matjiesvlei road. 2 ks
KK on the tourism map (see left column)

Self Catering

Six Cottages
The Dam Rivercamp
GPS -33.4546   21.6362

Contact Selma Nel
cell    073 174 1028
tel      044 213 3756



River view

River view

Riverview Cottages
GPS    -33.2685  21.3857
The River Farm, Matjiesvlei
JJ on the tourism map (see left column)

Self Catering

Contact Colin and Bronwyn Lumb
tel 044 2133 996
cell  073 234 1374



The Poort

The Poort

The Poort Private Nature Reserve
17 ks from Calitzdorp
from R62 12 km along Matjiesvlei road
at the foot of Huis River passlogo - member Calitzdorp Tourism,
HH on the tourism map (see left column)

Self catering

3 self catering cottages
tel   044 2133 992
cell  072 621 6666




Klein Karoo Valley Guest Farm

Klein Karoo Valley Guest Farm

Klein Karoo Valley Guest Farm
Halfway between Ladismith and Calitzdorplogo - member Calitzdorp Tourism,

Self-catering luxury cottage

Contact Jacky or Les
Les cell 071 462 3573






Buffelskloof guest farm

Buffelskloof guest farm

Buffelskloof Guest Farmstars - 3 grey plain
GPS   S  33° 30.325′    E 21° 52.526′
Redstone Hills

Self Catering Cottages

tel 044 2133 786






Red Stone Hills Guest Farm

Red Stone Hills Guest Farm

Red Stone Hills Holiday Farmstars - 3 grey plainlogo - member Calitzdorp Tourism,
GPS     -33.506432  21.873461
6.5 km on Kruisriver turnoff from R62
between Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp
Z on the tourism map (see left column)

Self Catering Cottages
Bed & Breakfast
Conference centre –
Accommodation for up to 50 delegates

Contact Petro Potgieter
tel   044 213 3783
cell  072 901 5654



ROUTE 62 Calitzdorp / OUDTSHOORN
Amber Lagoon

Amber Lagoon

Amber Lagoon
GPS    33°37’14.43″S     21°53’54.41″E
Follow signs off R62
25 km from Oudtshoorn
20km from Calitzdorp.
BB on the tourism map (see left column)

Self catering
Bed & Breakfast

cell    082 755 1039
tel     044 2133 022



Rietfontein Ostrich Palace

Rietfontein Ostrich Palace

Rietfontein Ostrich Palace
GPS   -33.546539   21.87373
On Route 62
Oudtshoorn 32 km
Calitzdorp 18 km
QQ on the tourism map (see left column)

Self catering
Bed & Breakfast

Contacts :  Kobus and Elmaré Potgieter
tel 044 2133 784
cell  082 971 8474



Calitzdorp Spa

Calitzdorp Spa

Calitzdorp Spalogo - member Calitzdorp Tourism,
GPS    S33° 39.617′   E21° 46.435′
Off the R62 on the DR1688 Road
26 km from Calitzdorp
NN on the tourism map (see left column)
21 on the Tourist Map (see left column)

Natural hot water medicinal springs

Self catering cottages
Conference Facilities

tel    044 213 3371




Karoowater Guest Farm

Karoowater Guest Farm

Karoowater Guest Farm
GPS  33° 39′ 28.0116″ S, 21° 46′ 10.4916″ E
MM on the tourism map (see left column)
20 on the tourist map (see left column)

Natural hot water spring
21 kilometres from Calitzdorp just off Route 62 on the ‘warmbad’ turn-off

Self Catering
Function venue

Fast food karoo café on site – breakfast, brunch, lunch

tel   044 213 3658
cell  076 382 3477




Aristata cottages

Aristata cottages
Right in the middle of Seweweekspoort –
just off Route 62 between Ladismith and Calitzdorp.

Self catering

tel: 028 55 123 55
cell: 083 611 0645




Tant Carolina

Tant Carolina

Tant Carolina
TT on the tourism map (see left column)

Zoar / Amalienstein
Off R62 towards Ladismith

Self Catering

cell  082 460 7296
cell  028 561 1000





Lapland cottage

Lapland cottage

Laplandlogo - member Calitzdorp Tourism,
near Amalienstein & Zoar
GG on the tourism map (see left column)

Self Catering 

Contact   Lappies Labuschagne
cell   078 590 5354