Calitzdorp is at the heart of the Klein Karoo and is the gateway to the Garden Route. Forming part of Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, this quaint little town is known for its port and often referred to as the Port Capital of South Africa. Conveniently situated close to many of the world-class tourist attractions of the region, Calitzdorp is filled with architectural treasures, charming restaurants and excellent accommodation options.
The scenery is best viewed via the mountain passes surrounding Calitzdorp which shows the area at its best. The town is near to the World Heritage Cango Caves, natural hot springs and prolific nature reserves. The stately Dutch Reformed Church stands proud at the center of town, Calitzdorp’s national monument. Activities around Calitzdorp include bird watching, hiking and horse riding, to name but a few with surrounding guest houses and farms offering their own activities for their guests to enjoy.
Boplaas, De Krans and Axe Hill are only three of the many port cellars found in Calitzdorp – they all offer tastings, pairing advice and discounted prices – definitely worth the visit.
Every year Calitzdorp has played host to the Port and Wine Festival which in 2016 will be a unique month of “Winter in Calitzdorp” involvement. Port and wine devotees flock here to smell, breathe and taste all the sweet vinous treats that the town has to offer … less of a festival, more of a life experience!