Hantam Huis is the hub of many activities regarding the Hantam Huis Complex and Calvinia. From being the centre of the local tourist industry, to conservation and restoration, to being a licensed restaurant.


Hantam Huis is an authentic building that is representative of the late 18th century’s building methods. Built in 1854, it is laid out in a T-shape, and is the oldest authentic house in Calvinia. It took more than a decade to restore this building to its original glory, complete with its authentic reed roof, and was declared a national monument in 1983. Hantam Huis is currently being used as licensed restaurant on one hand, and museum complete with curio shop stocked with handcrafted merchandise on the other.


The restaurant part of Hantam Huis serves the most delicious traditional meals. By day you can get homemade milktart served with traditional “moerkoffie”, rooibos tea or traditional ginger beer that is prepared to an age-old recipe.


All meals for occupants of the guest houses where applicable are served in the Hantam Huis.

Sandra LaubscherSandra Laubscher
19:42 06 Jan 23
What a beautiful place with such a rich history.Part of the house is a museum with lovely historic furniture and decor.We enjoyed a late breakfast (for lunch) and they were more than willing to accommodate us. I had their bobotie. It was also a good choice.We both enjoyed their ice coffee, in the 38 degree heat.Friendly staff and excellent service.
Madome ManyuhaMadome Manyuha
08:51 17 Dec 22
Welcoming environment, the antique nature is great. Staff friendly. Breakfast time is the greatest time... The taste of fresh sheep liver was out of this world.
Heidi de WeeHeidi de Wee
16:51 27 Nov 22
I booked a birthday breakfast for my mom, and we got THE best service ever and way more than I expected! Excellent food, ladies are very friendly and it's surely worth your time and money. Thanks, we had a great time.
Tjaart P van WykTjaart P van Wyk
12:27 09 Sep 22
Hearty reception. We immediately felt welcome, just like old friends. Excellent service. Lodge immaculately clean and well maintained. Can't wait to go back next year.
Elzaan Da CamaraElzaan Da Camara
10:59 18 Aug 22
What a pleasant experience. The staff is friendly, the food is excellent! Beautiful old building with antiques. Gift shop also worth a browse! Will not miss this stop on future trips!

Typical Menus At the Hantam Huis:

Hantam Breakfast (for Guesthouse Guests)
  • Fruit juice / Coffee / Tea
  • Fruit served with yogurt
  • Cereal
  • Bacon, eggs, sausage or  skilpadjies (‘tortoise’: lambsliver wrapped in caul)
  • Toast and home-made jam


Coffee Shop / Lunch Menu
  • Home-made lamb, chicken & springbok pies
  • Bobotie with rice & vegetables
  • Curried Tripe served with rice / samp and vegetables
  • Green bean stew with rice & vegetables
  • Soup of the day (served with bread)
  • Various toasted sandwiches
  • Cheese Cake
  • Scones with strawberry jam and cream
  • Whole wheat muffins with home-made jam
  • Koeksisters
  • Pancakes with cinnamon & sugar
  • Ice cream served with chocolate sauce / prickly pear syrup
  • Brandy Pudding
Dinner (Restaurant is closed for dinner until further notice)


All correspondence, bookings and reception is done at Hantam Huis.


Hantam Huis now has an internet WiFi hotspot.

Hantam Huis Restaurant Gallery