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Calitzdorp, South Africa’s Port Capital is on the R62 Scenic Route, halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It is nestled in the heart of the Klein Karoo, or Kannaland as it is better known, 50km from Oudtshoorn, 110km from George and 380km from Cape Town.
This fertile valley was originally inhabited by San and Khoi people, who left numerous rock paintings. Buffelsvlei, the farm on which Calitzdorp now stands, was granted to JJ and MC Calitz in 1821.
Apart from the imposing Dutch Reformed Church – a national Monument in the New Byzantine style – the general architecture of Calitzdorp shows a strong English influence. Different styles have been adapted to different functions, e.g. the so-called Karoo style was used for "church houses". Simplified renderings of dominant British styles e.g. Regency, Late Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, became fashionable for more permanent dwellings. Strolling through the town is an architectural adventure. (submitted by a resident)
Calitzdorp Tourism Bureau : e-mail : Tel. 044 - 213 3775
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