History

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Clanwilliam was established in 1806, it used to be called Jan Disselsvlei. It is located at the confluence of the Olifants River and Jan Dissels Rivers on the Western slopes of the Cedarberg mountains.
Jan Dissel was a botanist who worked in the area. When British settlers arrived in the Cape in 1820, some Irish families led by William Parker headed to the Jan Dissels River. Many of them abandoned their farms. Charles Fryer, a descendant of those who stayed was the first mayor of Clanwilliam when it became an independent municipality in 1901.
The area has been a magnet for botanists including Dr Pieter Le Fras Nortier who began experiments cultivating Rooibos and was the first to anticipate the commercial value of the plants.

The local Velskoen factory produces 50 000 hand-finished shoes in 10 styles and 20 different colours.

The license plate prefix in Clanwilliam is CAR and the postal code is 8135

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Things to do and see in Clanwilliam

  • Ou Tronk Museum
  • The Cederberg agricultural show is in April
  • The Clanwilliam wildflower show in September
  • 17 km outside Clanwilliam driving towards Wupperthal is the grave of C.L. Leipoldt, well-known pediatrician, botanist, cook, and poet
  • Clanwilliam Expo– Annual Agricultural Show-083 382 1888
  • St John’s church completed in 1866 was designed by Sophia Gray, wife of Robert Gray bishop of Cape Town.It was built to serve the descendants of 1820 settlers in tghe district
  • The Dutch Reformed church was built in 1864 and was designed by Carl Otto Hager.
  • Take a guided walking tour
  • Clanwilliam Parkrun  Graafwaterweg 079 116 9497 velskoendraai@parkrun.com
  • Brand see Berg pass
  • Witelskloof pass
  • Uitkyk Pass
  • Maalgat hike
  • The Ramskop Wildflower Garden, there are 350 species of cultivated wildflowers. There is also a Tea Garden open in August and September Tel 027-482-2024.

Useful Numbers

 

  • Police– 027 482 8181
  • Fire: 027 482 1775
  • Municipality; 027 482 8000
  • Water; 027 482 8600
  • Electricity: 027 482 8600
  • Ambulance: 10177/027 482 2576
  • Closest Hospital-027 482 2166
  • Clinic-027 482 1692
  • Pharmacy;027 482 1226
  • Library – 027 482 8013
  • Post office-027 482 1112
  • SPCA: Clanwilliam animal welfare 027 482 2333/ 082 264 5122.
  • Schools:

Sederberg Primary School-027 482 1014
Clanwilliam Secondary School – 0274821708

  • Museum; Ou Tronk Museum – 073 613 8443
  • Veterinarian – Dr. Degenaar – 082 890 1181
  • Tourism; (0)27 482 2024

 

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