Clanwilliam is a little over two hours’drive from Cape Town and lies at the foot of the Cederberg mountain range. It is one of the ten oldest town in South Africa and historical walks through the town centre take in seven national monuments. The Old Gaol (a national monument) houses an interesting collection of items and there you can learn about the history of Clanwilliam.
The Cederberg Mountains are named after the Clanwilliam cedar which is now on the brink of extinction due largely to global warming and the increase in the frequency of fires in the area. An initiative to restore the cedar is active in Cederberg Wilderness Area, recently proclaimed a World Heritage Site.
Clanwilliam is recognised as the Rooibos tea capital of the world, with Rooibos growing within a 150 km radius of the town, the only place in the world where it grows. Visit the Rooibos Tea House in town where you can do a tea tasting, buy cosmetic products, rooibos teas and rooibos treats.
The annual flower show in August/September is renowned, the Cederberg Wine Cellar worth a visit and both the Clanwilliam and Bulshoek Dams offer a number of water sports opportunities.