Things to do in and around Klawer

Posted on 14 May 2024 By Tsoku Maela

Klawer is situated along the N7 and is in the heart of the Cape Floral Region, and there are a few things to do around the sleepy town. Here’s our list of things to do in Klawer.

Go Botanical

Dead man fingers, Dactylopsis digitata, Knersvlakte, Namaqualand, South Africa

The region surrounding Klawer is home to the Knersvlakte region, where the unique geographical characteristics have made it home to one of the richest succulent regions in the world – with over 1 500 species in this arid landscape, many of them endemic.

It is also home to the most extensive area of “living stones” in the world – tiny succulents that mimic the rocks around them that are usually less than 10cm high.

The nearby town of Vanrhynsdorp is home to Kokerboom Kwekery (Nursery), which is home to and cultivates many rare succulents.

The region also falls within the UNESCO Cape Floral Region, which comes alive every spring, with blooming flowers painting the landscape.

Go wine tasting

Picture: Lutzville Vineyards

It may not be considered a renowned wine region, but there are still plenty of farmers growing vines, and it is definitely worth stopping for a tasting.

Within the town of Klawer, Klawer Cellar has a range of tasting options, as well as pairings for you to try. They even offer a rooibos and wine pairing.

Lutzville Vineyards is a short drive from Klawer, where the nearby ocean breeze creates optimum conditions for the slow ripening of varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon. It is also the largest accredited Fairtrade winery in South Africa.

The Namaqua Tasting Room (they make more than just box wine) is located at Die Keldery in Vredendal, not far from Klawer. Be sure to make a booking.

For a scenic drive to the sea, head to Fryer’s Cove in Doringbaai, which falls within the Bamboes ward, the smallest winemaking ward in South Africa. Its proximity to the West Coast means that nature is unrelenting, the region only receives 50 mm of rain a year, and the wine is characteristic of its terroir.

Hike the Gifberg

The landscape of the Gifberg Mountains, clouds and sky in the Western Cape, South Africa

In the northern Cederberg, the Gifberg Holiday Farm (where you can also book a stay) offers a range of outdoor activities to experience the wonders of the Namaqualand.

Wildflowers bloom in spring, you can explore rocky overhangs for rock art, swim in a rock pool to escape the scorching heat and follow the watercourse, which can be compared to a small-scale Fish River Canyon.

Try fishing in the Olifants River

This pool is located along the Olifants River, which stretches from Porterville to Strandfontein. It boasts exceedingly diverse wildlife from bass to crabs, various snakes and plentiful bird species.

Did you know that you as a fisherman can help save fish in the Olifants River? The Olifants River system has the richest endemic fish population in the country, with species like the Clanwiilliam yellow fish.

The issue, however, is that alien species like trout carp, catfish and bass, have put this ecosystem under threat. Anglers can help by removing foreign species and using fish-friendly hooks so all indigenous species can be returned to the water. Visit the Cederberg Conservancy website for a list of participating farms where you can throw your line.

Pictures: Getty Images

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