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And so, on to Clanwilliam.

The original plan had been to overnight in Citrusdal, languishing in the Baths. When they finally responded to the barrage of emails and calls, it was to advise that they were fully booked. At which point we thought we'd try the Tree Tops option, but, despite all the emails sent, the voicemails and smsses, we're still awaiting a response. Clearly not too keen on business, then...

After rather flat responses in Citrusdal, we decided to go further north rather to the foot of the Cederberg, and to overnight at Clanwilliam instead.

The drive up along the N7 is splendid, moving from the grainfields of the Swartland into the more rugged citrus and rooibos ("red bush", or bush tea) growing areas, along the course of the Olifantsriver (Elephant's River). Passing through towns such as Malmesbury, Mooreesburg and Piketberg, and passing close to Citrusdal, the N7 finally cruises into Clanwilliam dusty, thirsty, and a little whacked.

We chose to stay at the Elephant's River Guest House, and after checking in, strolled around the town looking for a pub to slake our thirst, and a tourist info place for a map of local walks. It was there that I discovered that Tolla van der Merwe was a local icon, proudly claimed as a hero - I'd always considered him a cultural embarrassment, but clearly not everyone shared my view on that.

That evening we dined at the Olifantshuis (Elephant's House) before returning around the corner to our welcoming bed.
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Clanwilliam Hostels review
Elephant River Guest House is conveniently close to the town without being surrounded by noise and bustle. Situated in a large garden, the Guest House… read entire review
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