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 nor longest bridge in the country, it is a remarkable display of engineering and well worth a visit.
Due to the very fertile soil in the area, the town is surrounded by pretty wine farms and wine enthusiasts from all over the world will enjoy some the lovely flavours of the Cape when visiting this part of the country.
Accommodation in Lutzville and surrounding areas includes B&B’s, Guesthouses, Farm Stays, Self-catering and camping.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Swart Tobie Hiking Trail
- Lutsville Vineyards
- Olifants River Wine Estates
- Seal Breeze Wines
- Sishen-Saldanha Bridge
- Lutzville Golf Club
Lutzville receives approximately 85 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 5˚C and 18˚C.
Lutzville was founded in 1923 and named after Johan Lutz, an irrigation engineer and founder of the town.
Originally the town was named after a rocky outcrop and overhang just outside the town and called Vleermuisklip, meaning ‘bat rock’, by early travelling parties such as Pieter Everaerts in 1661 and missionaries who noticed hoards of bats congregating at the rock. This outcrop is now a national monument and one can even still see the marks were elephants used to rub themselves on their way to a nearby spring.
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