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Darling Olives

Masses of mission olives are processed into many guises at Darling Olives. Besides the obvious Calamata-style olives and extra virgin oil, products range from soap to jam and chutney to chocolate. The goat’s milk cheese is delicious and everything can be tasted (R5-R10) and bought along with the estate’s NJB wines. Open 9am-4pm Mon-Fri; 9am-1pm Sat. How to get here:...

Book League

Owner Anne Greenwell puts her experience as librarian and publishing agent to good use and together with partner Wendy McIlrae will endeavour to find any book on your wish list if it is not already in their interesting collection. Bring along the kids for a fun reading experience. Open 8.30am-5.15pm Mon-Fri; 8.30am-2pm Sat.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers During the spring months, the usually monochromatic hills are covered in a vast array of colourful wildflowers. You can visit a number of wildflower reserves, like Tienie Versfeld, Oudepost or Contreberg to witness this spectacle. The annual Wild Flower Show and Duckitt Nurseries Orchid show are held in September (022 492 2606).

Evita se Perron

Evita se Perron The Tannie Evita’s A en C (Arts and Crafts) roof sign signals the political bantering that goes on in these old station buildings housing Evita Bezuidenhout’s queendom. There’s a theatre, restaurant (think classics like bobotie and milk tart), the Elsie Balt Gallery showcasing local artists’ work, Boerassic Park statue garden and the Nauseum (col-lection of Africana and...

!Khwa ttu - San cultural and educational centre.

This information centre showcases the lifestyle and heritage of the different San tribes or Bushmen of the area, so don’t expect a cultural fun park. Choose between the Hunting or Gathering tour (10am and 2pm) and visit the eye-opening free photo exhibition. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch and you can buy souvenirs from the San art and craft shop. Open 9am-5pm...

Marmalade Cat

If you need a one-stop shop for tea with friends, buying a last-minute gift, having lunch and picking up tonight’s take-away home-cooked dinner, Marmalade Cat is the place to be. Re-member to book for pizza night on Fridays. They also serve wine from all local estates and the new Darling Brew beer (see our foodie feature) is on tap. Open 7am-4.30pm Mon-Thur, Sat, Sun; 7am...

Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post

Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post Overlooking pastoral fields, dams and mountains in the distance, the Cape Dutch manor house surrounded by oak trees is the perfect spot. Chef Debbie McLaughlin’s menu of modern country food like lamb shank casserole and Provençal-style fish changes daily and is made with fresh local produce, which is complemented by the estate’s own wines. Open Noon-2pm Wed-Sun. Main...

The Cloof Kitchen

The Cloof Kitchen Great wines are available for tasting and the seasonal menu is a delight with lots of fresh produce straight from their own garden. Bookings are essential for the mouth-watering gourmet barbecue (every first and third Sunday of the month between September and May). Open 10am-5pm Mon-Thur; 10am-3pm Fri; 10am-2pm Sat. Main courses R50. Gourmet barbecue R180. How to get...

Simoné Restaurant

Owner Simoné Gerber is as charming and inviting as her local eatery. The cherry red painting-clad walls cosy up the place while the food is uncomplicated. Stop by for delicious sweet treats, breakfasts and light meals or Sunday lunch of chicken pie and leg of lamb while the kids play on the jungle gym outside. Open 9am-3pm Tue-Sun; 6.30pm-late Wed. Main courses starts...

Karukareb Wilderness

Karukareb Wilderness This secluded bush getaway features stylish, eco-friendly luxury tents on stilts with private decks. There are guided walks to rock art sites, picnic trips to crystal-clear rock pools and flower-spotting tours in season. How to go: Take Clanwilliam turn-off from N7; continue through town on same road; take Karukareb turn-off on right Rates R1 050 (dinner, bed &...

Kardouw Treetops

Kardouw Treetops You’ll find this rustic gem hidden away among rows of orange trees. Petite, self-catering tree houses (connected by wooden walkways) each boast their own little deck and blend in with the surrounding poplar forest, which borders a river. Rates R350-R400 weekends (sleeps 2); R275-R375 weekdays (sleeps 2). No credit cards are accepted. How to reach: Turn off the N7 at...

The Baths Natural Hot Water Springs Resort

The Baths Natural Hot Water Springs Resort This self-catering resort has been around since 1739 and the range of accommodation options includes an original Victorian-stone building. There are two pools and a selection of private, hot mineral spring water baths all built around natural hot water springs (43ºC). You’ll find a restaurant on site too. How to go: Turn off the N7 at Citrusdal, after 1km turn right and...

Boskloof Swemgat

Boskloof Swemgat You’ll feel miles away from civilisation on this leafy green farm, hugging the foothills of the northern Cederberg Mountains. Thatched cottages are dotted along the riverbank around the perfect kid-friendly swimming hole (with one of the cottages sporting its own jacuzzi). Hike, swim, go stargazing, saddle up a horse or do absolutely nothing at all. Take Clanwilliam turn-...

Elandsberg Eco-tourism Rooibos Tour

Elandsberg Eco-tourism Rooibos Tour Clanwilliam is rooibos country, and a visit here would be incomplete without popping in at a local tea plantation. Chris du Plessis runs tours of his plantation via safari vehicle. See how your favourite brew gets grown and processed. If you’re keen to learn more about the area’s fynbos and geology, he also conducts nature tours of the area. Tours Rooibos Tour R65-R80;...

Cederberg Wilderness Area

Cederberg Wilderness Area The Cederberg Wilderness Area is spread out over some 71 hectares of mountainous, fynbos-clad terrain. The area is famed for its towering sandstone formations like the Wolfberg Arch and the Maltese Cross, the rare Clanwilliam cedar tree and excellent examples of San rock art (most famous being the Stadsaal caves). Hiking trails abound and campers love the area. The...