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About Clanwilliam Lodge

Located in the magical Oliphant’s River Valley, Clanwilliam Lodge is a colloquial gem emerging off the beaten track, oasis-like in its unforgiving semi-desert habitat. Only a two and 1/2 hours’ drive from Cape Town, the lodge offers 32 luxurious air-conditioned rooms, a poolside restaurant, Cocktail Bar and delicious cuisine.

All rooms are air-conditioned and some have en-suite bathroom with Shower, other a wall separating room and bathroom. Junior and Presidential Suites have the option of a balcony. All our Rooms have showers, excepting the Junior executive and Presidential have an open plan bath and shower separately.

Our conference facilities can cater for up to 30 delegates. Come and spoil yourself. Visitors should prepare to enjoy balmy summer days lounging on Bedouin daybeds at the pool and hot windless nights in pure understated luxury. This is where half measures are only available on request from the bar.

A hearty buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant every morning and is included in your stay. Choose from our light lunch menu and dinner is either á la carte or an extensive buffet spread. Picnic hampers are available on request, or experience the nearby Lambert’s Bay eatery called Muisbosskerm for a sublime seafood treat.

Founded in 1732, the picturesque Cape Dutch homestead of Clanwilliam is one of the 10 oldest towns in the country. Tucked away at the foot of the Cederberg Mountains and perched on one of the country’s favourite dams, its rich settler history offers a central location for a variety of attractions from flower viewing to Bushman art and a range of water sports. In keeping with the rich history of the area, Clanwilliam Lodge itself is a transformed girls’ hostel, originally built by the Provincial Administration in 1916. Much of the furnishings in the lodge are made from wood from the original building. Clanwilliam is also famous for growing and cultivating Rooibos Tea and for its original leather “veldskoene” factory. Clanwilliam is 212 km from Cape Town and a two and 1/2 hour drive by car.

Wedding Venues: We can cater for a 60 pax wedding in our garden and pool area. We have 33 rooms and if all are booked as sharing we can accomodate 74 people.

Conference Venues: Our conference venue can host up to 30 delegates.

Family friendly: Their is a playground for children - has swings, see-saw, trampoline, and large grassy area for children to run around while adults can watch them from the restaurant.

  • Response Rate: 57%
  • Response Time: 41 hours
  • Type: Hotel
  • Sleeps: 42
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Reviews: 10 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Clanwilliam Lodge Rooms

Reviews for Clanwilliam Lodge

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Jas / Johan du Preez / van der Merwe, South Africa
05 September 2016

Enjoyed stay, beautiful building, good service.

Monique Engelbrecht, South Africa
11 September 2015

We stayed here 5 and 6 September 2015. This was our first visit to Clanwilliam. The overall look of the lodge is ok, but definitely dated. There is a seating area just past reception that looks very beautiful. We stayed in the family room number 33. I got the feeling that this is the room they give to families with small children so other guest doesn't get disturbed. It is completely at the back of the lodge next to the staff quarters. Terrible, terrible, terrible!!! The room has 3 beds scattered around a very large room. Nothing even matches. Carpet is full of stains. The television is an...
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Leoni Kruger, South Africa
31 August 2013

We have been using SafariNow since 2008 to book our stay at various locations, that is from the West Coast, Namakwaland, South Coast, The Midlands, Namibia and now for the 1st time we have had a terrible stay at one of the lodges recommended by SafariNow, i.e., at the Clanwilliam Lodge. For the 1st time we have felt that the 4 rating on your website is not close to what this lodge is in real life, stained sheets, shabby furniture, .....From my side therefore not recommended at all!

28 January 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Clanwilliam Lodge from 25 - 27 January 2013. Despite reading negative reviews on the internet, we had a wonderful time and enjoyed the lovely room and pool fully. The room and bathroom were furnished beautifully and extremely clean and modern. The pool area was lovely with plenty of relaxing beds with canopies. We have no complaints about the breakfast we ate there as we did not go looking for faults. The staff were friendly and helpful and we will definitely go back.

Kenneth Watkins, South Africa
09 July 2011

Rooms were very good. Comfortable bed and good facilities. Friendly staff, restaurant could do with a little more variety.

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Clanwilliam Lodge Map

Clanwilliam Lodge is 0.7km from the centre of Clanwilliam , the nearest airport 201.8km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Clanwilliam

Rooibos Teahouse

(0.6 km from Clanwilliam)

1 review

Do you want an unique Rooibos tea experience? Then you must visit the Rooibos Teahouse at NetMar in Clanwilliam. Within the 5 Clan's of Rooibos you have more than 100 flavoured/blended Rooibos teas. From natural, herbal, fruity and sweet to spicy -...

Bushmans Cave 4x4 Trails

(0.7 km from Clanwilliam)

Bushman’s Cave has four 4x4 routes against and trough the Cedarberg Mountain. The farm is located 35 km from Clanwilliam but the GPS coordinates are unknown so please contact the establishment for more information. The trails have a grading...

Boegoeberg 4x4 Trail

(19.9 km from Clanwilliam)

Boegoeberg 4x4 Trail is situated 25 km from Clanwilliam. The trail is 25 km long and takes about 6 hours to complete. This is not an especially difficult route but does require some concentration and it has a difficulty grading of 3 to 4. The...

Bushman's Cave Bergteater

(0.7 km from Clanwilliam)

Bushman’s Cave ‘Bergteater’, or Mountain Theatre, is an open-air theatre set at the foot of the Cedarberg Mountains. This unique and life-long memorable experience is only 35 km from Clanwilliam on the Oude Muur Farm. Many a well-known artist has...