The small town of Clanwilliam is situated on the N7 about three hours’ drive from Cape Town. Its position at the foot of the Cederberg Mountain Range means that Clanwilliam is a must-see destination for those with a fiery love for the outdoors and a desire to escape the city in exchange for a relaxed setting.
The town itself hosts the usual variety of historical buildings, ranging from the old church to the original farm house of the town’s founder. However, it really is the great outdoors that draws people to the area. Just south-east of the town lies the Cederberg Wilderness area, a protected reserve which offers visitors some spectacular hiking trails as well as a small selection of San rock art to marvel over. Another interesting factor to make note of is that Clanwillam is home to the headquarters of the Cape Leopard Trust. Furthermore, it is the only place outside of designated game reserves where South Africa's leopards are officially protected.
Clanwilliam dam, which is found along Olifants River, is also well known in the Western Cape. Having been first established in 1935, its primary purpose was to provide irrigation water to the agricultural region downstream. However, it has since been used for a number of recreational activities. During summertime, individuals flock to the dam to take part in skiing, paddling and other water-based activities. The dam also boasts an abundance of bass, making it a great fishing spot for anglers too.
Nearby one will find Rocklands, a world renowned bouldering area where climbers from all over the world gather in winter to attempt the many bouldering problems.
If you're looking to explore Clanwilliam over a couple of days, the town is renowned for its luxury hotels and self-catering units – bound to make you feel comfortable and at home If you visit Clanwilliam between August and September, there will be an additional surprise in stall, as the spring flowers burst into bloom, colouring the surrounding landscapes in various shades. Finally, tea lovers will be interested to know that the Rooibos Tea House @ Netmar offers five different rooibos infusions, among other things, making the little shop a secret gem for those in the know. If tea is not your thing, the scores of other activities will keep you occupied for hours on end.
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Saint du Barry's has five en-suite rooms, all opening to the garden, the centre of which is a huge wild fig tree. This tree is well over a hundred years old, and gives the lodge its own ambiance of pe... More Info
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Nestled in the picturesque Agter-Pakhuis Valley, 26 km from Clanwilliam on route to the historic Wuperthal village, you will find De Pakhuys Guest Farm. The farm belong to the Kruger and Botha Familie... More Info
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Boskloofswemgat is a beautiful small farm in the unspoiled Boskloof Valley, some 10km from Clanwilliam, at the foothills of the Northern Cederberg mountains.
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Mad Mongoose is a comfortable self-catering establishment with two air-conditioned units with a separate entrance from the main house. Situated in a quiet residential area only 500m from the centre o... More Info
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... More Info
Kleinfontein farm provides comfortable self-catering accommodation and is situated in the northern part of the Cederberg Mountains, at the foot of the Pakhuis Pass (eastern side) on the R364 from Clan... More Info
Traveller's Rest Farm is 34 km from Clanwilliam on the Wupperthal road, over the spectacular Pakhuis Pass in an area with ruggedly beautiful landscapes and fascinating rock formations.
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Ensconced in the magical Oliphant's River Valley, Clanwilliam Hotel is situated off the beaten track. Only two hours drive from Cape Town, the hotel offers air-conditioned rooms, and delicious cuisine... More Info
We invite you to come and live in the spirit of Africa - with the sun as your only time and watch - for a few days in the peace and quiet of the Cederberg. This is not your usual farm stay holiday, bu... More Info
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As a bass angler, Clanwilliam is the home of the smallmouth bass in South Africa, so I love it and come to Clanwilliam every month
- Mitty Collett
Only briefly visited Clanwilliam but did the Rock Art trail at Traveler's Rest and really enjoyed that.
- Roger Broomfield
A scenic town with a wonderful tavern close to St Du Barry's for dinner serving very good meals and very busy so do book even on a week night during flower season.
- Linda Brink
Very clean and peaceful. We enjoyed the beautiful views and marveled at the works of the hands of God.
- Dorithy Maart
What a remarkable area in South Africa! For some reason the Cederberg is not listed as a "must see", but maybe it should stay that way - it's a place to escape the crowds and enjoy creation. A hidden gem to be discovered! We loved the open spaces, quiet, rugged terrain and star-filled skies at night.
- Wilna Linde