Calitzdorp and surrounds

The vineyards of De Krans cover 50 hectares, with a further 18 hectares of deciduous fruit trees, such as apricots and peaches. The vineyards along this vineyard route are mostly planted with table grapes, because of the richness of the sandy-loam alluvial soils along the river. All port and red varieties are planted south of the Gamka river far away from the river-bed, in poorer clay soils.

The vineyard route was opened on 3 December 1988. It can easily be completed in 30 minutes and even small children can manage the walk.

Huisrivier Pass

Situated between Calitzdorp and Zoar/Ladismith. From Calitzdorp to Ladismith it is but a 50km scenic drive, taking around 30- 40minutes (one way). On route pass Zoar and Amilienstein. Breathtaking and well worth the drive.

Rooiberg Pass

Situated between Calitzdorp and van Wyksdorp. From Calitzdorp to van Wyksdorp is a around a 50km drive, but taking around 70-90 minutes one way. En-route marvel at the flora and fauna, as you pass through this bio-diversity hotspot. This a more rugged route, with gravel roads as you start your climb. Worth the drive, and stop in van Wyksdorp. (Please note there is no fuel in van Wyksdorp, so fill up before you go).


Situated 20km from Ladismith, this is a 17km stretch of gravel road running through the Swartberg Mountains, linking the Little and the Great Karoo, with easy gradients, river crossings and incredible geology. It falls entirely under the control of Cape Nature Conservation and more specifically the Swartberg Nature Reserve and is also a certified Unesco World Heritage Site. Time required with a turn around and return to Calitzdorp is around is around 3.5 Hours.


Another glorius gravel and relatively rugged pass, dating back to 1862. The road is named after the many fossilised ticks found in the rocks when the road was built. The main road between Laingsburg and Prince Albert up till the late 1960’s when the Gamkakloof Dam was constructed in its path making this road a dead end (so you have to turn around and return). Reached from Calitzdorp via Ladismith and Seweweekspoort, the route will take some time (plan around 5 hours there and back to Calitzdorp).

Swartberg Pass

The Swartberg Pass is regarded by many as the icon of gravel road passes. Once again a link between the Little and Great Karoo (Prince Albert), and the gateway to Gamkaskloof, this “Thomas Baine” pass is a must see and do, with dramatically changing scenery and rock formation. You don’t have to go all the way to Prince Albert, and can still get the magnificance of the pass by turning around at the summit.

Your time frame may vary, but allow 60 minutes from Calitzdorp, along the Groenfontein Road to the foot of the pass, and then around 40 minutes to the summit. Your descent into Prince Albert is another 40 minutes, so all in all with a return trip to Calitzdorp you are looking at around 2H30 Minutes driving time.

Robinson Pass

From Calitzdorp, take the day out and enjoy the mild waters of the Indian Ocean in Mosselbay. A stunning modern tarred pass with gorgeous views of the Outeniqua mountains. Travel via Volmoed and join in with the Oudshoorn – Mosselbay road (R328). Time from Calitzdorp to Mosselbay is 1H30 minutes.

Calitzdorp Museum

The Calitzdorp Museum occupies what was once the Standard Bank building. This museum, situated in Van Riebeeck Street, is about showcasing the cultural history of the region and its immediate surrounds. It explores the life, implements, people and natural treasures of Calitzdorp and the Klein Karoo, extending back generations. The exhibit is varied and comprehensive, and ranges from old photographs to local artefacts. The Calitzdorp Museum is run by volunteers who share a love for the local heritage and natural abundance, and want others to enjoy this passion.

Monday to Friday : 0930 – 1230 and 1400 – 1700, Saturday : 0930 – 1230
Telephone : +27 (0) 44 2133414
email :


Kraaldoorn Studio and Gallery

The Kraaldoring Gallery owned by Albie and Clementina van der Walt, is situated on the scenic Groenfontein Road just outsideCalitzdorp (11km). Although the gallery does not have regular business hours, there are regular exhibitions. Clementina and Albie can be contacted by email at, or via “whatsapp” on 0829250871 as there is no cell reception in the area.

Marcia’s Studio

Situated on the scenic Groenfontein Road, 11,5km from Calitzdorp, in a converted barn, the studio offers a glimpse into the world of of a set designer and builder, turned artist. Open Thursday – Tuesday from 10:00 – 17:00.
Enquiries on whatsapp: Macia Vermaak +27 (0) 82 338 8782

Derek McKenzie Photo Studio and Gallery

Situated in Calitzdorp in Geyser Str, oppsite the museum in the old town post office. Derek is not always at hand as he is out taking photos for his next amazing work. His work can be viewed on his website at

Phone : +27(0)44 2133 544 or Cell : +27 (0) 82 649 4919
e-mail :

Roger Young – Kruisrivier

The gallery and Roger’s workshop are in a renovated old school building. He exhibits photography of great sensitivity, depth and artistry. His images mostly portray the Klein Karoo and the local people. Roger has a wide range of magnificent photographs in Black & White and Colour on sale and has produced his own range of postcards reflecting the Klein Karoo. Chat to Roger and share his photographic insight and tremendous sensitivity to people, situations and the environment.

In his studio on the premises, he makes commissioned handcrafted pieces of furniture, using old techniques and solid hardwood. A few of these heirloom type pieces are displayed in the Gallery.

Tel: +27 (0)44 213 3296 Mobile: +27 (0)83 318 9901
e-mail :

Route 62 Klein Karoo Botanical Trail Collection

The Trail Collection started in 2016 as guided experiences and aims to introduce and inspire nature minded people about the flora of this region. It is hosted by a field guide and nature conservationist with a vast knowledge of the biodiversity of the klein karoo. The newly discovered gasteria koenii is named in honour of him. Send enquiries to


This walk is versatile as a 2km or 4km walk in the old waterfurrow canals of the beautiful groenfontein. Booking is throughout the year. Cost R250 pp. Optional lunch at old postoffice over weekends or picnic at rock pool.

This easy walk close to town showcases the unique succulent flora of the little karoo. Perfect as a sundowner walk with an optional picnic basket whilst enjoying lovely views over the town and surrounding landscape. Bookings can be made throughout the year R180 pp

This 14km day walk takes you into a world heritage site and succulent hotspot. Enjoy large open spaces with wonderful landscapes in this remote wilderness area. Only open for booking from April to August. Cost is R290 pp Need to book at least a week in advance min 4 max 8 people.

This is a new addition to the collection of walks. This easy walk is halfway between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn. It is a delightful early or midmorning walk with its own unique
array of succulents and lovely views over the Swartberg mountains. Bookings from April to September. R300 pp. Cost include a light meal and beverages. Min 4 max 10 people.

Swartkop is halfway between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn and is close to Gamkaberg Nature Reserve. Swartkop has large patches of white quartzitic sandstone pebbles with many
interesting small succulents to be discovered on them. This halfday hike is best done from April – August. R300 pp it includes beverages and a light lunch. Min 4 max 10 people.