Republic of Rustica

Northern Cape

Stop at this ‘rustic art’ emporium to marvel at owner Dirk’s collection of found objects, vintage gear and general junk. Road signs, sheep skulls, tin cups, watering cans, bed pans, old shoes, bicycles and farm implements decorate the exterior, and there's an old-school cinema inside. There are five quirkily decorated guest rooms (double from R500 per person) and meals are available for overnight guests.

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1. Flower Post Box

0.07 MILES

A water tower has been converted into this giant post box. Letters and postcards posted here receive a special flower postmark.

2. Calvinia Museum

0.24 MILES

Housed in a former synagogue, this museum is surprisingly large and interesting for a small town. It concentrates on the white settlement of the region,…

3. Akkerendam Nature Reserve

1.77 MILES

North of town, this 275-sq-km reserve has one- and two-day hiking trails. The best time to visit is spring, when the wildflower bloom carpets the…