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Clanwilliam Lodge

Clanwilliam Lodge Hotel

Ensconced in the magical Oliphant’s River Valley, the recently unveiled Clanwilliam Lodge is a colloquial gem emerging off the beaten track, oasis-like in its unforgiving semi-desert habitat. 

Only a two hours drive from Cape Town, the lodge offers 32 luxury air-conditioned rooms, a poolside restaurant, a treatment room and delicious cuisine. Visitors should prepare to enjoy balmy days lounging on Bedouin daybeds at the pool and hot windless nights in pure understated luxury at Clanwilliam Lodge - where half measures are only available on request from the pool bar.

Clanwilliam is one of the ten oldest towns in the country. Tucked away at the foot of the Cederberg Mountains and perched on one of the countries favourite bass dams, its rich settler history offers a central location for a variety of attractions from flower viewing to bushman art and a range of watersports. In keeping with the rich history of the area,

Clanwilliam Lodge itself is a transformed girls hostel, originally built by the Provincial Administration in 1916. Much of the furnishings in the lodge are made from wood from the original building. Clanwilliam is also famous for growing and cultivating Rooibos Tea and for its original leather ‘Veldskoene’ factory.



All rooms are luxuriously air-conditioned and have an en suite bathroom. There is a choice of doubles, twins and king or queen-sized beds on request. Suites have the option of a balcony. All our suites have a shower and a bath; and all of our rooms are fitted with a shower.


Hikers Room:
Ideal for the budget traveller, 1 hikers room is available with an en-suite bathroom, a TV and a safe.

Standard Rooms:
A Luxury double room with an en-suite bathroom.

Family Rooms:
Our unique family rooms with communicating doors are perfect for the mobile family of four, with cots and babysitters available on request.

Also available on request are the Premiere Room, Junior Room and Presidential Suite.


Unwind on one of our comfy daybeds at the pool while your children play in our nearby extensive playground complete with trampoline and Jungle Jim.

Our conference facilities can cater for 34 delegates and an adjoining courtyard is ideal for receptions and events.

A hearty buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant every morning and is included in your stay. A light lunch menu is available, and dinner is a culinary choice from an extensive buffet spread.

Actvities Nearby

Clanwilliam Lodge is a 5 minute drive from the spectacular 18 km long Clanwilliam Dam where visitors can partake in a range of water sports the likes of waterskiing, wake- boarding, parasailing and angling. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy sweeping vistas of flowerscapes in the nearby Ramskop Nature Reserve which boasts over 200 indigenous species of wild flowers (full bloom in August/September).

Hikers and anthropologists can peruse Bushman Rock paintings, visit the local planetarium or Pakhuis Pass, just outside of town, which boasts magnificent landscapes and is the gateway to Wupperthal – a Moravian mission village. Adrenaline junkies who don’t like to get their hair wet can indulge in the nearby Cederberg Mountain’s scenic 4x4, quad bike and mountain bike trails. And for the 'teetotallers' - Clanwilliam is famous for cultivating Rooibos tea and factory tours are recommended.


From Cape Town:
Take the N7 highway out of Cape Town north for 212km (± 2hrs). You will pass through the towns of Malmesbury, Moorreesburg, Piketberg and Citrusdal, arriving at Clanwilliam. Turn off the N7 into Clanwilliam and you will see Clanwilliam Lodge on the right hand side of the road.

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