- Western Cape
Klapmuts is a small village town in the heart of the Cape Winelands Region. It can be found just off the R45 between Paarl and Kraaifontein, perfectly situated for visits to other areas such as Stellenbosch or Franschhoek and only 45 minutes Cape Town.
Klapmuts is not a well-known town amongst tourists which ensures that the atmosphere in this beautiful village remains calm, peaceful and just right for a quiet getaway. There is plenty to do and the town is popular mostly because of the many wine farms that surround it. Nature lovers have various hiking trails, nature reserves and outdoor activities to experience as well as a few wonderful golf courses to indulge in, all within 10 km's of the town.
The town has undergone some recent development and there is evidence of continued construction taking place in the area. The farms, small holdings and latest new security complex or estate living, however has not distracted from the beautiful scenery, views and peaceful way of life in this part of the Western Cape.
Visitors to the quiet town have an opportunity to stay on large farms and small holdings with excellent mountain views adding to the tranquil atmosphere of the area. Klapmuts also has a hotel and a few B&B and Guest Houses available to tourists.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Butterfly World
- Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve
- Paarl Rock
- Franschhoek Motor Museum
- Bottelary Hills Wine Estate
- Anura Vineyards
- Arra Vineyards
- De Meye Wine Estate
- Le Bonheur Wine Estate
- Lievland Wine Estate
- Warwick Wine Estate
- Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm
- Drakenstein Lion Park
- Paarl Golf Course (Boschenmeer)
- Pearl Valley Golf Course
The area receives most of its rainfall during June and July, the Cape’s winter months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 24˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 6˚C and 12˚C.
February / March – Backsberg Picnic Concerts:Great Wine, Food, Scenery & Live SA Music.
April – Stihl Lumberjack Festival:A weekend of activities, centered around Timber Sports, live entertainment, competitions, craft fair, food vendors and lots of family activities.
Klapmuts was discovered in 1657 by a Dutch expedition and was named after the mountain at whose foot it formed. The mountain and was so named as it resembled the sailors hat that was worn in those days.
The Klapmuts Hotel dates back to the 1800’s and is the second oldest hotel in the Western Cape.
The isolated hill of Klapmuts has complex natural vegetation due to the underlying soil. It is predominantly the Swartland Shale Renosterveld and the crown of the hill boasts a population of rare Breede River Yellowwood trees. In 2004, a conservancy was set up over the hill by the surrounding farms who now serve as the curators of the area and its wildlife.
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