The biggest District Municipality geographically in South Africa


418km north of cape town

Founded in 1851 on the stunning Oorlogskloof River and named after religious reformer John Calvin, Calvinia lies at the foot of the dolerite-topped Hantam Mountains (Hantam being a Khoi word meaning ‘where the red bulbs grow’). It is the Hantam’s key growthpoint and one of SA’s largest woolproducing areas.

Calvinia Regional Tourism Information Office Parsonage Street, Calvinia 8190 Tel 027 341 8131 Fax 027 341 8128
Akkerendam Nature Reserve The reserve has three hiking trails across the Hantam Mountain, affording you the opportunity to take in magnificent scenery, study the sterboom as well as up to 65 species of birds. (See page 7)
Dutch Reformed Church Designed by Potchefstroom architect, Gaysford, the church is in neo-gothic style and cost £1 200 to build.
Grave of Abraham Esau An Anglo-Boer War martyr.
Hantam House Built by Field Cornet A van Wyk in 1854, Hantam House is in Cape Dutch style with a concave-convex gable. Retaining its original cedarwood woodwork, traditional delicacies are served in an exclusive coffee house built in the original kraal.
Klipwerf-orkes A band playing traditional, toe-tapping dance music.
Museum Housed in the art deco Old Synagogue built in 1920, exhibits portray the lives of the early European settlers. A cedarwood horsemill and a display of mounted Cape fat-tailed, Merino and Dorper sheep relate the history of the area.
Tankwa National Park Experience space and tranquillity in abundance in this 131 000ha Park. A multitude of small mammals and large game species call this home. (See page 7)
4×4 Routes There are various routes, some steeped in Anglo-Boer War history, along the escarpment with picturesque views and San (Bushman) paintings all along the riverbed with huge Namaqua Fig trees clinging to the rock surfaces. A must during spring when thick carpets of Namakwa flowers adorn the countryside.
Die Hantam Huis Complex B&B
Tel/Fax 027 341 1606
Jo’s Guesthouse & Hantam Kraal
Tel/Fax 027 341 2247
Cell 084 461 3773

Calvinia hosts a multitude of interesting local architecture