- Western Cape
The tiny village of Klaarstroom is situated at the foot of the Swartberg mountain, at a spectacular gorge through the Swartberg mountain range, which links the Great Karoo and the Little Karoo (Klein Karoo).
Klaarstroom is an ideal stopover for those travelling from the north down to the Garden Route and southern coastline a tranquil base from which to explore the Klein Karoo. Oudtshoorn is only 60 km South West and Prince Albert 60 Km East of Klaarstroom, a comfortable day trip away, and each offering wonderful activities and attractions such as the Cango Caves, Ostrich Farms and the prince Albert Saturday morning market that includes fruit, cheese, homemade delicacies, cakes, breads and vegetables!
The town also serves as a great stopover for cyclists and hikers - there are a number of informal mountain bike routes and walks in the surrounding veld.
Klaarstroom makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. When visiting be sure to visit the old-world General Dealer store, the Anglican Church and the local police station which is a great example of Victorian architecture and was built in 1880.
The Klaarstroom Guest House offers a comfortable stay and other accommodation can be found in the area surrounding the small town.
Things to do and see
- War Graves, Anglican Cemetery
- Klaarstroom General Dealer
- Stompdrift Dam
- Kredouw Olive Estate
- Mons Ruber Wine Tasting
- Rietvlei Wine Estate
- Meiringspoort Pass
- Meiringspoort Waterfall
- Klein Karoo National Park, 120 km
Klaarstroom receives approximately 371 mm of rain annually. There is little rainfall throughout the year.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 20˚C.
Klaarstroom means “clear stream”. It was established in the mid 19th century and presented the first opportunity for farmers from the Great Karoo en route to Mossel Bay, to wash their precious cargo of wool in the clear mountain stream.
Once the wool washing facility was no longer necessary, the construction of railroads and modern highways bypassed Klaarstroom, which has today become a tiny, historical inner village.
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