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1. Citrusdal

Gateway to the Cederberg Citrusdal, less than two hours from Cape Town, is located in the Olifants River Valley and offers a unique site of full of mountain trails, waterways, history, natural beauty and adventure. This charming village is surrounded by farmland and it rich, fertile soil has made Citrusdal synonymous with its superior quality citrus fruits. Also grown in the valley are vegetables and rooibos tea and farmers keep cattle and sheep as well as make honey and wine from locally grown grapes. These same farms offer wonderful hiking trails, tastings, fabulous hospitality as well as much sort after solitude. The area is a haven for sports like golf and fishing with one of the best 9-hole golf course situated on the Olifants River, offering spectacular views of the Cederberg…

2. Clanwilliam

The old D R (Flower) Church

Lying at the foot of the majestic Cederberg Mountain range is the small village of Clanwilliam. A mere two hour drive from Cape Town, Clanwilliam has lots to offer tourists in particular the amazing colourful flowers during the West Coast’s  “Flower Season”.Visitors to this picturesque town can partake in in a range of water sports on the 18 km Clanwilliam Dam and nature enthusiasts can marvel at the 200 odd indigenous species of wild flowers in full bloom around August/September each year. The area also offers tourists the opportunity to hike, mountain bike or drive the many scenic passes.Clanwilliam is one of the ten oldest town is South Africa and is regarded as the only town…

3. Klawer

Klawer - eastern channel

Klawer is the central point from which the towns of Vredendal, Strandfontein, Lambert's Bay, Clanwilliam and Vanrhynsdorp are connected and nestles between the Matzikamma Mountains in the east and the Olifants River to the west. Klawer is one of the many little towns which are all renowned for their beautiful display of wild flowers during the winter and spring seasons of August through October. The town is more of a settlement really and one can almost pass right through without realising you were there. However, the town is very pretty and the area seems to have been handed over to the production of grapes, a popular attraction and one of the reasons, other than the flowers, that…

4. Lutzville

Sishen Saldanha Bridge just outside Lutzville

The Cape West Coast is scattered with friendly towns, unique fishing villages and beautiful landscape and Lutzville is one of these towns, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Olifants River inland. Lutzville is situated only 20 minutes away from Vredendal, and is known for its outdoor activities and its friendly hospitality. Being close to the estuary it has spectacular birdlife and being just south of Namaqualand proper it has lovely displays of spring flowers. The impressive Sishen-Saldanha railway bridge, with a total length of 1 035 km, just outside Lutzville was constructed across the Olifants River on the R363 toward Vredendal and although it is neither the highest…

5. Vredendal


Vineyards and orchards surround the thoroughly modern little town of Vredendal; its name meaning 'valley of peace'. It is the administrative and commercial center for the surrounding area. Vredendal is possibly best remembered for its beautiful wild flowers in spring when the mountains metamorphose into a tapestry of exquisite colour, are a true joy to behold and a photographer's dream. The R362 leads to the popular resort of Strandfontein on the coast.