Once again I am getting a longing to explore more of the wonderful Karoo- I must have been Khoi in a previous life- so this month I have decided to do a weekender to this small town.
Calitzdorp is quite small with a population of less than 9000 residents of which at least 83% are mixed race. It is known as the fruit basket of Kannaland (Khoi translation is “the valley with no grass”) and is the port capital of South Africa. If it was later in the year, around November, I would have a choice of delectable fruits to have for breakfast but I shall just have to try the bottled and fermented variety for lunch, that this town is famous for, instead. The ostrich industry also makes up a huge part of its economy.
Another reason I want to take a visit to this small town is to stroll down the streets and try and see if I can get a historical walking tour with one of the locals. I want to visit the Tristan da Cunha house, 27 Andries Pretorius street, in particular.
But for now I will wait as I have another 3 weekends until my little road trip. The link for this little town’s tourism webpage can be found here: http://www.calitzdorp.org.za/index.php?p=3
Update 22nd of April 2015
So this weekend we are off to Calitzdorp and my two volunteers are coming with. We have booked two beautiful straw bale cottages on the side of a vineyard called “Strooi Kooi”. Here is the webpage for our weekend accommodation: http://www.strooikooi.co.za/