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They say the sweetest watermelons originate from Calitzdorp and it’s hard to argue, considering that the dry climate and semi-desert conditions suit this type of fruit perfectly. Calitzdorp is a spa town located in the Little Karoo, a 15000km valley that is completed encircled by mountains with sparse rainfall and clean, fresh air.
Calitzdorp was named after the Calitz brothers who farmed here and in 1845, donated a part of their farm to establish a town. At the time, church services were held under a tree before enough funds were collected to eventually build a church in 1857. The town gradually developed around the church.
Calitzdorp is on the Route 62 wine route, the world’s longest, and many of the region’s fortified wines grace the wine lists of top restaurants and hotels. The farmland surrounding the town is bursting with grape vines, ostrich breeding centres and deciduous and vine fruit. On the route between Calitzdorp and... Show more
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.