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 visitors come here.
The town runs the length of a siphon/duct that draws water from the river to the vines and this is one of Klawer’s unique attractions and something to see. Just outside the town, about 7 km, is the Windhoek Farm which offers a historical view of the area. In 1902 skirmishes between troops of General Jan Smuts and British troops took place on this farm.
Klawer has a wonderful Hotel as well as Guest Lodges, B&B’s and self-catering accommodation available for visitors to the town.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Klawer Cellars
- Stellar Organic Winery
- Boegoeberg 4x4 Trail
- Knersvlakte Nature Reserve
- River Rafting
- Cape Flower Route
Klawer receives approximately 158 mm of rain annually with the majority of its rainfall occurring during the winter months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 32˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 6˚C and 19˚C.
The town was originally known as Klawervlei and was named so after the wild clover that is found in abundance in the area during the rainy winter season. it was renamed Klawer when the railway line and bridge were completed in 1915. The town developed rapidly after the railway was completed.
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