Picturesque town at the foothills of the Cederberg. It offers charming country hospitality, hiking trails, rock art and the beautiful Clanwilliam dam.


Clanwilliam, in the northern Cederberg, is one of the ten oldest towns in South Africa. This small country town lies in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. It is the centre of the indigenous Rooibos tea industry as well as an important wine, grape and citrus area. And it offers a range of charming accommodation.

Clanwilliam is the ideal base for exploring the surrounding Cedarberg mountain range. Or touring into the Cederberg Wilderness Reserve. In Clanwilliam itself you can view some of the fine old Cape Dutch homes, visit the Old Gaol museum, buy some locally-made ‘veld’ shoes, visit the Rooibos factory or visit rock art sites with a knowledgeable local guide.

There are a number of stunning walks to enjoy nearby from Pakhuis Pass. It is also known for its San rock art trails, wild flowers in season as well as Rooibos tea farm tours. The Clanwilliam Wild Flower Reserve has one of the best displays of wild flowers in South Africa from August to early September.

Finally Rocklands, near Clanwilliam, is one of the top five bouldering sites in the world.

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Why you may love it

  • Excellent walking base – full and half day trails on offer
  • '1820 settler houses' with its distinctly attractive Cape Dutch architecture in Park Street
  • Starting point for the Cederberg Heritage Route
  • Guided Rock art tours
  • Rooibos tea farm tours and 4x4 nature drives
  • Clanwilliam Wild Flower botanical garden

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Did you know
  • HistoryFirst farm awarded in 1732
  • AgeOne of the 10 oldest towns in South Africa (7th)