Calvinia Accommodation

Calvinia is a town located just over 300 kilometres from Cape Town. You can get there by following the R27 road from Cape Town up the West Coast into the Northern Cape. It lies in the Hantam region of the province, at the foot of the majestic Hantam Mountains and along the banks of the Oorlogskloof (War Ravine) River.

Calvinia is a quiet dorpie (small town) in the heart of the Great Karoo - a vast semi-arid land dotted with small shrubs, red rocks and an expanse of sky that will set your imagination wondering for days. As a result of being an a semi-desert, the climate is quite arid, with warm to hot summers sometimes reaching 40C (December-March) and cool to icy winters (May-July) where the temperature has been known to drop to -8C, with snow occurring regularly.

The town gets its name from the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. It was inaugurated as Calvinia in 1851 and was announced a municipality in 1904. In some respects, not much has changed in the time between Calvinia's establishment and today. The landscape certainly hasn't changed much and is as starkly beautiful today as it ever was. The economy's driving force too has remained unchanged with sheep, particularly merino, and cattle farming taking centre stage.

While Calvinia is more the sort of place one goes to ponder life and admire the stars there are a couple of attractions. The Calvinia Museum for one, which showcases the lives of the early European settlers in the area, is interesting not only for its contents, but also for its home in a repurposed art-deco style synagogue.

Just north of town the Akkerendam Nature Reserve is an excellent place to view the carpet of Namaqualand flowers which burst into life each August, while 2 hiking trails within the reserve traverse the Hantam Mountains for those after a little more physical activity.

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Kleinplasie Guesthouse
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Kleinplasie Guesthouse is situated on a beautiful smallholding just 2km outside of the town of Calvinia in Hantam in the Northern Cape. The original farm buildings which are more than a 100 years old ... Read More

Carmel Villa
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Carmel Villa is a Guest House with Victorian flair built in 1904 with a great romantic history based in Calvinia, Northern Cape. Come and join us and experience the old fashioned charm which is rar... Read More

Ymansdam Camping & Self Catering
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Guests can choose between four campsites that also have ablution facilities. Please note that tents are not provided and guests have to bring their own. At night guests can relax around the camp fire ... Read More

Calvinia Camping site
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. There are two ablution facilities each with their own shower, basin and wc. Outside you will find a sink. . There is electricity. . Portable braai so that you can enjoy the views from differe... Read More

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Tarantula offers the ideal location for both privacy and relaxation. We are situated on the outskirts of Calvinia, with a spectacular view of the Hantam Mountains, yet within walking distance of the c... Read More

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Calvinia Hotel offers various luxurious rooms and accommodation with single-, twin-, double- and family rooms. Calvinia Hotel is equipped with split unit aircons, free Wi-Fi, selected DSTV, tea/cof... Read More

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Jo's Guest House in Calvinia consists of a number of comfortable accommodation units. The establishment is graded as 3 Star, but staff pride themselves on rendering 5 Star service. Tremendous effort ... Read More

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When entering the Tankwa Lodge, visitors are still welcomed with true warm country hospitality. The Lodge offers 25 rooms all with en-suite showers & bathrooms, a Splash Pool to cool off in the summer... Read More

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Williston B&B
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Williston B&B invites you for a visit. Come and experience the hospitality of the Karoo... Read More

Enjo Nature Farm
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Enjo Nature Farm is situated far from the main tourist tracks, within the unspoilt Biedouw Valley of the Cederberg mountains. The valley is known for its magnificent spring flowers from July till Sept... Read More

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Calvinia Reviews

Calvinia
I will always love Calvinia and it's people
- Elma Venter

Calvinia
For us it was merely a stop over place. Might be nice in flower season.
- Sally Frohlich

Calvinia
Wonderful flowers in the district and Nieuwoudtville.
- Tommie Snibbe

Calvinia
Oulike dorp

- Linda Bekker

Calvinia
Just beautiful!!!
- Clive Corlett