The adjacent dam and some adventurous dirt roads into the Cederberg Wilderness Area make the compact town of Clanwilliam a popular weekend resort. The dam is a favourite with water-skiers, though if plans to raise the dam are ever fulfilled, this and the landscape of the region will change somewhat.
Clanwilliam is the centre of the rooibos (red bush) tea industry. The tea is made from the leaves of the Aspalathus linearis plant, which only grows in the Cederberg region. Rooibos contains no caffeine and much less tannin than normal tea and is said to have numerous health benefits. The owners of Rooibos Teahouse in town have also set up the Rooibos Route (www.rooibos-route.co.za), which recommends restaurants, tea producers and accommodation highlighting the region's most famous export.