Day Trip 3
Mossel Bay – Calitzdorp – Ladismith – Van Wyksdorp – Herbertsdale
Your journey start in Mossel Bay, take the R328 over the Robinson Pass to Oudtshoorn. At the Volmoed turn-off, turn left to visit Grundheim Wines. Things to do: taste the local Ruby Port, traditional witblits and liqueur. Follow the old cement road to Calitzdorp. The cellars of Boplaas, De Krans, Calitzdorp, Peter Bayly, TTT Cellars, Axe Hill and Du’SwaRoo are known for their Port and the full-bodied, dry red wines made with traditional Portuguese varietals such as Touriga Naçional and Tempranillo. Things to do: lunch at Die Bakhuis @ Axe Hill or Deli @ De Krans Deli & Bistro; hot springs; Sophia’s Mustard; mountain biking; canoeing; fishing; hiking; 4X4 routes; birding; passes; Karoo succulents. From here, travel over the Huisrivier Pass to Ladismith. Visit Karoo Vine to taste some of the local wines. On the Dwarsrivier road towards Laingsburg, 9 km from town, lays Hillock Wines. Lunch at The Hillock Restaurant or stay over at the Mymering Guest House in these tranquil surroundings. Things to do: spa; abseiling; mountain biking; kloof swimming; game reserve; mountaineering routes; 4X4 routes; guided day tours; hiking; nature reserves; bird watching; archaeology sites; geology sites; museums; Karoo succulents; cheese tasting. From Ladismith, take the R327 past Van Wyksdorp and follow the gravel road in the shadow of the Langeberg Mountains over the spectacular Cloetes Pass to Herbertsdale and then back to Mossel Bay.
Spend an unforgettable day in the Klein Karoo
Distances: Mossel Bay to Grundheim (66 km) – Grundheim to Calitzdorp (37 km) – Calitzdorp to Ladismith (49 km) – Ladismith to Van Wyksdorp (43 km) – Van Wyksdorp to Herbertsdale (68 km) – Herbertsdale to Mossel Bay (51 km). Round trip is 314 km.
Reasons to visit Calitzdorp
Calitzdorp is a quaint little town on Route 62, nestled in the heart of the Klein Karoo. It is the fruit-bowl of Kannaland, the source of the country’s finest port wines and it is here where you will find that the authentic character of a Klein Karoo community and the unique architecture of the region are well preserved. In the spectacular mountains that shelter Calitzdorp on three sides, Nature too, seems unspoiled by the twentieth century, awaiting the ecology-minded explorer is a wealth of flora, fauna and geological fascination.
Local tourism information
To find out more about Calitzdorp and its surround, places to stay, where to eat or to get the contact details of the activities mentioned, please visit the Calitzdorp Tourism Bureau website www.calitzdorp.org.za
Reasons to visit Ladismith
Ladismith, as with the rest of the Klein Karoo, benefited from the ostrich feather boom at the turn of the previous century. There are still many attractive houses dating from the Victorian era. Today Ladismith serves an extensive farming area with an ideal climate for the production of quality fruit – apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and grapes.
Canoeing; abseiling; mountain biking; kloof swimming; game reserve; mountaineering routes; daytrips; 4X4 trails; hiking; nature reserves; bird watching; sport activities; archaeology sites; geology sites; museums; fauna and flora
Local tourism information
To find out more about Ladismith and its surround, places to stay, where to eat or to get the contact details of the activities mentioned, please visit the Ladismith Tourism Bureau website www.ladismith.org.za