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Calitzdorp is located in Western Cape
Calitzdorp is located in South Africa
Calitzdorp is located in Africa
 Calitzdorp shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°32′15″S 21°41′07″E / 33.53750°S 21.68528°E / -33.53750; 21.68528Coordinates: 33°32′15″S 21°41′07″E / 33.53750°S 21.68528°E / -33.53750; 21.68528
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Eden
Municipality Kannaland
Established 1821
 • Total 26.33 km2 (10.17 sq mi)
Elevation 240 m (790 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,284
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 4.3%
 • Coloured 85.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 8.9%
 • Other 0.8%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 94.2%
 • English 3.3%
 • Other 2.5%
Postal code (street) 6660
PO box 6660
Area code 044

Calitzdorp is a town on the Western side of the Little or Klein Karoo in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and lies on South Africa's Route 62.

The farm, on which Calitzdorp stands, was granted to JJ and MC Calitz in 1831. In 1924 a railway line was opened, in 1937 electrification and a new cement road to Oudtshoorn was completed.

The Swartberg (in the North), Rooiberge (to the South) and the Mountains of the Huisrivier Pass (to the West) surrounds Calitzdorp’s challenging landscape with floods, droughts and extreme weather, from very hot to snow clad mountaintops in the winter.

Summers are very hot during the day, mainly a dry heat, up to 40 °C. Wind from the sea every afternoon allows for moderate, cool evenings. Winters have sunny days, very cold nights with occasional frost and snow often falling on the surrounding Swartberg Mountain Range. Rainfall is approximately 200 mm per year, often with the changing of seasons. Prevailing winds are mainly from the south in summer and hot wind from the North in August.

Calitzdorp is a haven for enthusiasts of fishing, bird-watching, 4×4 and other scenic routes, horse-riding and wine tasting.

Calitzdorp is renowned as a centre of the port wine industry in South Africa with several major wine estates famous for their award-winning products.[2][3][4] A Port festival takes place in the town in mid-June each year.[5]


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