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The road to raw, rugged beauty

Clanwilliam is a stunning little country town in the Western Cape. It’s situated in the Olifants River Valley about 230 km north of Cape Town. It’s one of the ten oldest towns in South Africa, rich in the history and natural beauty that surrounds it.

Departing from Cape Town, take the N1 northbound and take exit 13A to get onto the N7. From there on out, continue driving on the N7 until you see the Clanwilliam off-ramp that puts you on the R364.

There’s definitely something magical about this stretch of the N7 between Cape Town and Clanwilliam. Road trip enthusiasts will not only be delighted by the scenic beauty along the way, but also because there are a couple of small towns and hidden gems to explore along the way. This includes towns like Philadelphia, Malmesbury, Moorreesburg, Piketberg and Citrusdal, to name a few.

Once you’ve arrived in Clanwilliam and settled in at your accommodation of choice, round two of your adventures begins. You’ve probably stopped for breakfast or lunch in one of the towns mentioned above, but if you’re still feeling a bit peckish there’s a couple of great restaurants to choose from. De Kelder Restaurant, Michaels On Park, Reinholds Restaurant, Traveller’s Rest Farm Stall & Restaurant and Velskoendraai Farmer’s Market & Restaurant are all fantastic options.

After getting your fill and with your energy levels now on an all time high, you have two options; explore the town or explore the Cederberg region surrounding the town. If you’re staying for a couple of days and have the time, then definitely do both.

Heading down the main road, be sure to stop at the magnificent Blommekerk (Flower church) getting its nickname from the yearly flower show held there at the end of August. Next, pop into the Clanwilliam Museum to top up your knowledge on the history of the town and the people who lived there. If you’re in need of a fresh pair of shoes, pay a visit to the legendary Strassberger Shoes and pick up a pair that will last you a lifetime.

A visit to Clanwilliam would not be complete without going on a tour to find out more about Rooibos. After all, this is the Rooibos capital of the world. The Rooibos Route is also a great way to experience a lot more Rooibos than just enjoying a cup of Rooibos tea.

From here on out the Cederberg is your oyster. With hiking trails, rock art trails and mountain biking routes, there’s a way for everyone to enjoy the outdoors and soak up the raw, rugged beauty of the Cederberg region.

For more information on activities in and around Clanwilliam and to book accommodation for your getaway, visit Clanwilliam Tourism’s website at

You can also follow Clanwilliam Tourism on Facebook (@clanwilliamtourism) and Instagram (@clanwilliamtoerisme) to stay up-to-date with the latest news.