Clanwilliam Travel Guide



Nestled at the foot of the northern end of the Cederberg Mountains, Clanwilliam is a small town with loads to do just on its outskirts. Heading north, the Pakhuis Pass leads to an area of immense physical beauty, with spectacularly rugged rock formations, gurgling streams, tumbling waterfalls and some of the best and most easily accessible rock art in the country.

Clanwilliam, between the West Coast and the Cederberg, is right in the middle of the flower belt so it’s a place of pilgrimage for locals and tourists alike in spring.

The Clanwilliam Flower Festival is held every August, and the small but pretty Ramskop Wildflower Garden showcases the enormous range and sheer volume of the flowering plants found in the area. In the nearby mountains there are fabulous hikes and a great horse trail, both of which offer lovely scenery, rock art, pretty flowers and wonderful streams in which to play. The nearby Doring River offers great white water rafting in winter – if it feels like it. We blame global warming, George W. Bush, non-alliance with the Kyoto accord, damming by upstream farmers, the Illuminati, the Catholic Church, Muslim fundamentalists and pure bad luck, but this once dependable river has not been regularly runnable over the last few years. So it’s a bit of a gamble, but it’s worth doing a trip if you happen to be around when the river’s playing ball.

Clanwilliam is situated on the banks of the Olifants River and the sizeable Clanwilliam Dam, which is a favourite waterskiing, fishing and general water sports venue. The surrounding hills are covered in rooibos tea plantations and orange groves, which waft the sweet perfume of their blossoms over the valley in spring.

The rooibos tea factory, which is a great place to tour, offers a range of rooibos products for sale. As well as the obvious tea in various guises, there is a liqueur and a range of cosmetics that takes advantage of the anti-oxidising health benefits of this multi-purpose indigenous crop.

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Accommodation near Clanwilliam

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

Boskloof Swemgat
from R530
1 night, 2 adults

Boskloof Swemgat

Sleeps 40 Clanwilliam Self-catering in Clanwilliam

Boskloof Swemgat is a beautiful small farm in the unspoiled Boskloof Valley, some 10 km from Clanwil...

from R1300
1 night, 2 adults

Saint du Barrys Guest House

Sleeps 15 Clanwilliam Bed and Breakfast in Clanwilliam

Saint du Barrys Guest House is situated at the foot of the Cedarberg in the historic town of Clanwil...

from R1760
1 night, 2 adults

Breathtaking House

Sleeps 8 Clanwilliam Self-catering in Clanwilliam

Breathtaking House lives up to its name with magnificent views of Clanwilliam Dam. The house sleeps...

from R660
1 night, 2 adults

Elephant River Guest House

Sleeps 8 Clanwilliam Bed and Breakfast in Clanwilliam

Set in a large garden with a swimming pool in Clanwilliam, Elephant River Guest House offers a sense...

from R150
1 night, 2 adults

Keurbos Holiday Cottages and Campsite

Sleeps 85 Clanwilliam Self-catering in Clanwilliam

Keurbos Holiday Cottages and Campsite is a place that you can come and experience the calmness of na...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

Vrede-Oord Guest Farm

Sleeps 8 Clanwilliam Self-catering in Clanwilliam

Vrede-Oord Guest Farm is a working citrus farm situated at the foot of the Cederberg Mountain Range ...

from R690
1 night, 2 adults

Clanwilliam Hotel

Sleeps 291 Clanwilliam Hotel in Clanwilliam

Ensconced in the magical Olifants River Valley, Clanwilliam Hotel is situated off the beaten track. ...

Karukareb Lodge Horse Trail
Spring Wildflowers


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