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City Ladismith

The town Ladismith is situated at the foot of the Klein Swartberg mountain range in the Klein Karoo. This village in the Western Cape Province is 320 kilometres from Cape Town and about 100 kilometres from Oudtshoorn, it is part of the beautiful and varied Route 62.

When approaching Ladismith you can see a striking mountain: Towerkop. This split top characterizes Ladismith, the story goes that an angry witch top has split in two because it bothered her when she flew on her broomstick. You will also see fruit plantations, the climate here is particularly suitable for apricots, peaches, nectarines, figs, olives and grapes.

The village has its own architectural style that originated around 1830; this so-called Ladismith style is a simplified representation of Georgian architecture in England. You can also see Neo-Gothic, Victorian and Edwardian style buildings. Stroll through Ladismith and view the varied architecture. For more information on architectural styles, you can visit the tourist office at the Otto Hager Church (Neo-Gothic).

Around Ladismith there are some beautiful mountain passes, the most famous is probably the Seweweekspoort with a length of about 17 kilometres along the Huisrivier which winds through the rocks. The road takes you over the river up to 23 times and the cliffs can reach a height of 1500-2000 meters and this makes for beautiful pictures while driving this pass. In the northern 'entrance' of the Seweweekspoort you can still see the ruins of the old tollbooth. From here the road to the right goes to the foot of the Swartberg mountain pass toward the Bosluiskloof. This road takes you to two mountain ranges: Swartberg and Elandsberg and this makes for a fantastic landscape. This 22-kilometer pass is the boundary between the Klein and Groot Karoo and leads to Gamkaspoort Dam. Bosluiskloof owes its name to the many fossils (millions of years ago) that are found here including many 'bosluise'.

There are beautiful walking / hiking trails around Ladismith and at the tourist office they can tell you more about it. Experienced hikers can do the 14km Elandsberg trail (also Liggies trail). This route will take about 5 to 8 hours and the trail is quite steep. The endpoint is nearby Stanley's Liggie (Stanley's light), at approximately 1500 meters above sea level. Stanley White put a bicycle lamp with a dynamo here in 1963, which was powered by a water stream, so villagers could easily see if there was water. Shorter routes are in Towersig where you can choose from routes varying from 2.7 to 12.2 kilometres. There are signs posted with some information to indicate specific plants along the route. Keep in mind that there are snakes in the mountains.

Ladismith has enough accommodation for those who want to stay longer in the area.

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