Welcome to Calitzdorp
The R62 is co-signed for 33 kilometres with the N12 from Oudtshoorn to its intersection with the N9 at the top of the Outeniqua Pass, and then for 71 kilometres with the N9 to Potjiesberg Pass near Uniondale.
The farm, on which Calitzdorp stands, was granted to JJ and MC Calitz in 1831.
In 1924 a railway line was opened, in 1937 electrification and a new cement road to Oudtshoorn was completed.
The Swartberg (in the North), Rooiberge (to the South) and the Mountains of the Huisrivier Pass (to the West) surrounds Calitzdorp’s challenging landscape with floods, droughts and extreme weather, from very hot to snow clad mountaintops in the winter.
Summers are very hot during the day, mainly a dry
heat up to 40ºC
Wind from the sea every afternoon allows for moderate, cool evenings. Winters have sunny days, very cold nights with occasional frost and snow often falling on the surrounding Swartberg Mountain Range.
Rainfall is approximately 200 mm per year, often with the changing of seasons. Prevailing winds are mainly from the south in summer and hot wind from the North in August.
Calitzdorp is a haven for enthusiasts of fishing, bird-watching, 4×4 and other scenic routes, horse-riding and wine tasting.
Wine tasting often, in wine circles, simply tasting is the sensory examination and evaluation of wine. While the practice of wine tasting is as ancient as its production, a more formalized methodology has slowly become established from the 14th century on wards.
Calitzdorp is renowned as a center of the port wine industry in South Africa with several major wine estates famous for their award-winning products.
A Port & Wine Festival takes place in Calitzdorp
in mid-June each year!
Did you know this about Calitzdorp ?
ROUTE 62 – THE LONGEST WINE
ROUTE IN THE WORLD
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