Take a stroll with me through the heart of Clanwilliam. Meet some of the locals, hear about the town's red gold, invest in some veldskoene, and sample perhaps the best biltong in South Africa.
Clanwilliam is one of the ten oldest towns in South Africa. It's the perfect base for excursions into the Cederberg and and a charming example of old-world hospitality at the edge of the Karoo.
Criterion building, Anglican Church, Clanwilliam Hotel, Nancy's Tearoom, Dutch Reform Church, Old Gaol, Strassberger Shoe Factory, Ramskop Butchery, Rooibos Factory, Yellow Aloe
Clanwilliam is about 230 km from Cape Town, just off the N7. The walk starts outside the Police Station at the corner of Augsburg Road and Hoof St.
Places to stop along the way:
Nancy's Tearoom, Old Gaol, Ramskop Butchery, Strassberger Shoe Factory, Yellow Aloe
Best time of day:
Anytime between morning and sunset, except in summer when its best to avoid going out in the mid-day, as it can get thoroughly hot. The Clanwilliam Museum inside the Old Gaol is open on weekdays from 8am to 12:30pm and on Saturday from 9am to 12pm. Busy Saturday mornings are a great time to experience the vibe of the town.
Clanwilliam is a small and friendly town but always be safety conscious. Make sure you wear sunscreen, carry water, and wear a hat. If possible, avoid the mid-day heat in summer.
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