Clanwilliam’s History

Nestled amidst the tranquil beauty of the Cederberg, Clanwilliam stands as one of South Africa’s ten oldest towns, offering a captivating blend of history and modern-day vibrancy. As you step into this charming country town, you’ll immediately sense the echoes of its storied past and the allure of its present.

Embark on a leisurely stroll down Park Street where you’ll find the old-world charm of fine 1820 Settlers homes along Park Street. These charming residences are a simpler reflection of the grand Cape Dutch houses found in the winelands. The Old Gaol, now home to the Clanwilliam Museum, stands as a testament to the town’s captivating history. While you continue to explore, a visit to Strassbergers shoe factory offers a chance to pick up a pair of ‘veldskoen,’ hand-crafted walking boots renowned for their comfort and perfect for everyday use and a visit to the iconic “flower” church is a must-do too. 


A history excursion

A visit to the Clanwilliam Museum promises a captivating journey through the Cederberg’s unique history. Explore the legacy of the San Bushmen people and their mesmerizing rock art, discover the tales of the settlers, and delve into the pages of the Anglo-Boer War. The museum unveils the beating heart of this peaceful part of South Africa with exhibits on citrus farming, the renowned rooibos tea, and exquisite leather goods.

Simbavati Cederberg Ridge - rooibos


A glance into Rooibos

To appreciate the significance of the Rooibos Tea industry, visit the House of Rooibos for an enlightening video on tea production. Then, make your way to one of the town’s charming coffee shops and craft shops, such as Aunti Poppie or Red Daisy. Here, you’ll find a taste of local culture and artisanal craftsmanship.


Spring Blooms

If you find yourself in Clanwilliam during the spring flower season (August to early September), a visit to the Ramskop Wildflower botanical garden is highly recommended. Witness the vibrant blossoms and marvel at the unique flora that blankets the landscape in a colorful tapestry.

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Charming character

Clanwilliam’s rich history and vibrant present create a captivating tapestry of experiences. Whether you’re drawn to its cultural heritage, the allure of its natural surroundings, or simply a taste of its unique offerings, Clanwilliam has something special to offer every traveler.