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Places To See

Melkboomsdrift Guest House and Conference Centre located on the Cape West Coast, Vredendal offers an ideal location from which to explore the Olifants River Valley and Namaqualand. See below interesting towns to visit when you stay over at Melkboomsdrift Guest House, ideally located on the N7 between Cape Town and Namibia:

Citrusdal

Citrusdal is situated between the magnificent Kouebokkeveld and Swartberg Mountains, and is most certainly one of the most beautiful sights that a trip to the West Coast has to offer. Essentially a farming area, this town is one of the most viable agricultural areas in South Africa with it's enormous production of export citrus fruit.

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Klawer

Klawer, less than three hours' drive north of Cape Town on the N7, is situated on the banks of the Olifants River.

The name Klawer (Afrikaans for clover) was derived as a result of the abundant growth of wild clover in the area.

During spring, Klawer and surrounds are covered by a carpet of wild flowers for which the area is so well known.

Klawer is a central point on your northbound route to access the towns of Vredendal, Strandfontein, Lambert's Bay, Clanwilliam and Vanrhynsdorp.

Lutzville

The town of Lutzville was originally named Vlermuisklip (Bat Rock) after a famous landmark rock situated in Lutzville. This famous rock is now home to the ever popular KLIPHUIS, al fresco eatery, where the most delectable meals are served to compliment the areas sort after wines.

Lutzville later took its name in honour of John Lutz, the chief irrigation engineer who pioneered the impressive Clanwilliam Dam.

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Clanwilliam

Better known as the heart of South Africa's infamous Rooibos tea producing areas, this bustling little town has a multitude of activities to satisfy even the most seasoned tourist.

As one of the oldest and most well established towns in South Africa, Clanwilliam offers a look into the history and cultural development of this town at the many museums and landmarks present.

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Lambert's Bay

This picturesque seaside village offers a world in one and must be amongst the ultimate seaside villages to visit when staying at MELKBOOMSDRIFT GUESTHOUSE.

With more than 205 bird species to view on nearby Bird Island (accessible by boat) and the Southern Right whales which come close into shore during the calving season, this little jewel will keep you coming back for more and more.

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Namaqua National Park

SkilpadWildflower Reserve

Namaqualand is world renowned for its annual colourburst of wild flowers which comes to life in Spring. In addition, a rich diversity of succulent plants with an estimated 3 500 species, more than 1000 endemic to the area may be viewed throughout the year.

Namaqualand falls within the winter rainfall region of South Africa. The Skilpad region receives an average annual rainfall of 340mm which falls mainly between June to August. Temperatures are extreme and average 7°c in the winter months to and average of 32°c in summer. It is not an uncommon sight to see snow on the Kammiesberg in winter and to experience a blistering 42°c in summer. A true region of contrast - in more ways than one!

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