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Breede River Valley, Western Cape

The picturesque Breede River Valley
The picturesque Breede River Valley

Once you've booked your hotel or Breede River Valley accommodation explore our destination pages below for info about the attractions and various ideas of what to do in the Breede River Valley.

There really is no adjective apt enough to describe the beauty of the Breede River Valley. This incredibly picturesque fruit and wine producing vale has become extremely popular with Capetonians and visitors.

This is in no small part because it is close enough to the mother city to reach easily within a couple of hours, but also because little towns like Robertson, McGregor, Ashton, Bonnievale, Tulbagh and Montagu that litter the valley are particularly appealing to visitors, and together with outlying farms, provide a space that gives city dwellers instant reprieve from the grind of city living.

Mountain ranges abound in the valley and it follows that there are roughly 10 alternative scenic routes that lead one here, depending from where one comes.

The picturesque Breede River Valley
The picturesque Breede River Valley
The valley stretches from McGregor in the south and Gouda in the west, to Montagu in the east and the Karoo in the north with the N1 passing virtually through its centre in a north easterly direction.

It derives its name from the Breede River that rises in the mountains near Ceres and flows through the valley en route to the Indian Ocean and serves as the main water source for the Breede River Valley.

The valley is littered with wine producing vines due in no small part to the hot climate that is perfect for fortified desert wines like Hanepoot and Muscadel in particular. More than 50 wine estates are incorporated into various wine routes within the valley as well as a Brandy route as a result, and the relatively new and extremely popular Route 62, marketed as the longest wine route in the world, makes its way through the valley to the Klein Karoo too.

The towering Du Toit Kloof Mountains in particular offer incredible views over the valley as one comes across the pass.

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Destinations / Town & Suburbs of the Breede River Valley

Ashton

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Ashton

Ashton is situated on the R62, between Robertson and Swellendam, at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. Ashton is an important wine producing and fruit processing centre and home to five wineries and two large canneries ... ashton information

Bainskloof

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Bainskloof

Just west of Wellington - the town along the longest wine route in the Western Cape - lies Route 303 along which Bainskloof pass runs from Paarl to Ceres, passing over the Limiet Mountain en route. The pass was planned ... bainskloof information

Bonnievale

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Bonnievale

This green village is perhaps not as well known as other towns in the Breede River Valley, due mainly to the fact that she is bypassed by Route 62 - the longest wine route in the world. However, there are those who are ... bonnievale information

Ceres

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Ceres

Appropriately named after the Roman godess of plenty, Ceres lies in the most important deciduous fruit-producing district in South Africa. Ceres is a popular holiday resort, with warm, windless summers and frequent winter ... ceres information

De Doorns

Where to Stay: Accommodation in De Doorns

The little town of De Doorns lies at the centre of the Hex River Valley only one and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town, just off the N1 and 35 kilometres north of Worcester, in the midst of South Africa’s Table Grape industry ... de doorns information

McGregor

Where to Stay: Accommodation in McGregor

The mystically imbued town of McGregor lies just 10 minutes from the town of Robertson on Route 62, less than two hours’ drive from Cape Town. One of the few places in the world to lie directly on ley lines, McGregor is considered ... mcgregor information

Montagu

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Montagu

Known as the ‘mountain mecca’ of the Cape, Montagu lies surrounded by the Langeberg mountain range nestled between the Keisie and Kingna Rivers in the western corner of Kannaland, and is famous for her orchards, vineyards ... montagu information

Prince Alfred Hamlet

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Prince Alfred Hamlet

Lying barely north of Ceres on the R303, just below the Koue Bokkeveld Mountain Catchment area, the Boland town of Prince Alfred's Hamlet is just as it sounds - tiny, virtually devoid of any accommodation ... prince alfred hamlet information

Rawsonville

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Rawsonville

To reach the little, largely undiscovered, village of Rawsonville does mean taking something of a detour off the N1 near Worcester, about 120 kilometres from Cape Town. Up until now the quiet town that lies in the beautiful winding ... rawsonville information

Robertson

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Robertson

Robertson in the Breede River Valley is well known for its beauty, renowned for its wines of connoisseur quality, radiant roses and thoroughbred horses. Columns of red or yellow cannas and flaming bougainvillea line the roads ... robertson information

Tulbagh

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Tulbagh

Just 80 minutes’ drive north of Cape Town, at the northern edge of one of the most beautiful fertile valleys in the country, lies the historical town of Tulbagh. The village nestles in amongst the Winterhoek, Witzenberg and ... tulbagh information

Wolseley

Where to Stay: Breede River Valley Accommodation

Lying in the picturesque Het Land van Waveren valley, surrounded by the majestic Waaihoek, Witsen and Waterval Mountains, sometimes covered in snow in winter, the quaint little Wolseley village is a stone’s throw from ... wolseley information

Worcester

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Worcester

Worcester is a town with a particularly impressive cultural heritage. In 1819 Worcester was proclaim a sub-drostdy of Tulbagh. Two farms were bought for the purpose of laying out a town. In 1822 Worcester was proclaimed ... worcester information

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Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Breede River Valley

Aquila Nature Reserve

Aquila is a private Nature Reserve lying outside the town of Touwsriver; just less than two hours drive from Cape Town along a particularly scenic route on the N1. The reserve is named after the Black Eagle found in the area that is today rarely encountered and regarded as an endangered species. Aquila, whilst ... more information

Bainskloof Pass

One of a series of passes that cut through the mountain that seal Cape Town and its surrounds from the interior, Bainskloof Pass is also one of the Western Cape's most scenic routes. To drive its bends and turns brings one right up against the Limietberg Mountain ... more information

Bartholomeus Klip Renosterveld Reserve

On Bartholomeus Klip's grassy plains you will find wild animals in one of the last spaces, so close to a city, that still allows for game to freely graze as they might have done years ago. The quagga breeding programme brings together pairs of zebra that display traits closest to ... more information

Breedekloof Wine Route

The youngest wine route in South Africa and just 90 km outside of Cape Town, the Breedekloof wine route lies in the Breede River Valley, which stretches from Gouda in the west, McGregor in the south, Montagu in the east and the Tankwa-Karoo National Park in the north. Wine in this region was initially ... more information

Breedekloof Wine Estates

The Western Cape region of the Breedekloof is renowned for its picturesque wine farms, of which there are more than 25. Worcester, the Breede River and Rawsonville are all part of the appeal of this mountainous region. The terroir and weather conditions of this area have proven perfect in ... more information

Cogmanskloof Pass

Cogmanskloof, sometimes also spelt Kogmanskloof, is the pass through which one drives between the towns of Montagu and Ashton in the Western Cape. It is the same pass of the famous tunnel, of the same name. Actually it is more like a hole through the mountain just as one passes over the river outside Montagu. It is ... more information

Du Toitskloof Pass

Du Toitskloof Pass lies on the R101 between Paarl and Worcester, although these days most people are not even aware they're on the pass for they opt to use the Huguenot Tunnel, which means you shave a significant 11 kilometres off the original drive. You can still scale the heights of this impressive pass that ... more information

Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area

Groot Winterhoek Wilderness area, with its extraordinary rock formations and popular hiking routes, lies about 120 km north of Cape Town in the Western Cape. The Reserve is situated in the Groot Winterhoek mountain range, north of Tulbagh and east of Porterville. The greater Groot Winterhoek ... more information

Hex River Pass

The Hex River Pass lies on the national road, the N1, and links Worcester with Touws River. The pass is a favourite amongst travellers during winter when the surrounding peaks are capped with snow, usually a sure indicator to those living in the nearby towns and farms that the cold weather has hit, as it does ... more information

Klaasvoogds Game Reserve

You will find Klaasvoogds Game Reserve just off Route 62, roughly 10 kilometres outside Robertson, accessible via the road between Ashton and Robertson. The reserve is 800 hectares of renosterbos, pioniersbos and Cape mountain fynbos in the shadow of the Langeberg Mountains. It is incredibly picturesque and ... more information

Matroosberg Nature Reserve

The reserve lies 35 kilometres outside of Ceres on the farm Erfdeel – a working fruit, vegetable and protea farm, just two hours' from Cape Town. Summer days are glorious, whilst there is almost a guarantee of snow in winter because of the altitude. Visits to the strikingly scenic reserve are ... more information

Robertson Wine Estates

There are almost 50 million vines in the Robertson Valley Wine Route, which produce more than 200 000 tons of wine grapes every year. The most common wines found along this wine route are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Methode Cape Classique ... more information

Route 62

Route 62 is modeled after the iconic US Route 66, made famous by the late, great Nat King Cole in the song of the mid 20th century. Travelers headed for the Garden Route will find that Route 62 offers a better alternative to the dull N2 motorway between Cape Town and George, being more scenic and ... more information

Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden

In Roux Road on the outskirts of Worcester, some 120 kilometres from Cape Town, lies a unique gem of a garden - the only truly succulent garden in the southern hemisphere, and indeed Africa, that displays one of the largest collection of indigenous succulents in South Africa. 155 hectares of ... more information

De Oude Drostdy

Definitely high on the list of ‘must visits’ when in Tulbagh, De Oude Drostdy is a typical Cape Dutch style home built in 1804 just outside the town. It served originally as the seat of the magistrate of Tulbagh, and today is a national monument and cultural-historical museum housing a collection of early ... more information

Mitchell's Pass

Without Mitchell's Pass the existence of Ceres would be questionable. It was only after the pass was completed in 1849 that the town of Ceres came into being at all. It is no surprise, as, faced with the incredible banks of mountain east of Cape Town our ancestors must have been more than a little daunted at trying ... more information

Robertson Golf Course

Surrounded by the rolling Langeberg mountains in the Breede River Valley and bordered by vineyards and orchards, the 18-hole Robertson golf course is the only 18-hole golf course in the beautiful ‘Valley of Wine and Roses’. Described as a fun, leisurely course it is extremely golfer friendly, with comfortable walks ... more information

Soekershof

Just 10 kilometres east of Robertson, Soekershof lies in Klaas Voogds West - 10 hectares of amazing mazes, a cactus labyrinth, a tree of growing creativity, the world’s largest hedge-maze, a stone-age cinema, a fingerpointing maze, earth sculptures, succulents you didn’t even know existed, and a touch of magic ... more information

Swaarmoed Pass

The Swaarmoed Pass lies in the Matroosberg just outside of the town of Ceres. Like the town, it is well known for snow in winter – if not on the pass itself, then views from the pass generally will include snow, icy weather depending – and fruit (the Ceres valley that is, not the Swaarmoed Pass, and not at the same time ... more information

Theronsberg Pass

The Theronsberg Pass is one of four ways in which to reach the Ceres valley. Others include Michell's Pass from Cape Town (N1, R43, R46), Gydo Pass (the R303 from Citrusdal), and Theronsberg Pass (from Touws River, R46). The Theronsberg Mountains take one into the Tanqua Karoo, a gorgeous semi-arid area ... more information

Tulbagh Wine Route

Only 80 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, the Tulbagh Valley lies surrounded on three sides by mountains – in the west, the Obiqua Mountains, to the north the Winterhoek Mountains and to the east, the Witzenberg Mountain range. Cool, south-easterly winds blow in along the southern side ... more information

Tulbagh Wine Estates

The wineries of Tulbagh range from intimate homely cellars that produce honest wines to boutique estates known for their award-winning labels. Twee Jongen Gezellen is known for being the first night harvesting estate in the country. Soon afterwards, a number of other local ... more information

Tweede Tol

Tweede Tol is a Cape Nature camping and picnic site 16 kilometres from Wellington up the Bainskloof Pass, in the Limietberg Nature Reserve - a huge 102 000 hectare mountain, wildlife and fynbos reserve in the mountains. Tweede Tol (second toll) is one of Tweede Tol (second toll) is one of two tolls on the pass (the ... more information

Worcester Wine Estates

The area of Worcester has been producing wines for generations, and is nationally acclaimed for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc, as well as the lesser known Columbar. In fact, the Worcester Wine Route contributes about one-fifth of the national vineyards and more ... more information

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Featured Things To Do in the Breede River Valley

Cherry-picking in Ceres

Where: Ceres
How much (per person): On Request

Pack up the family and drive out to Ceres for a day of cherry picking and fun! Cherry time is from the last week in November till end Decemb ... more information

Fly-fishing crystal clear Cape streams

Where: Western Cape
How much (per person): On Request

Fly-fishing crystal clear Cape streams with Inkwazi Flyfishing: Inkwazi is the Zulu word for Fish Eagle and arose from the frequent presence ... more information

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Holiday Accommodation in Breede River Valley

For accommodation in the Breede River Valley see:
AshtonBonnievaleBainskloofCeresDe DoornsMalgas
McGregorMontaguRawsonvilleRobertsonTulbaghWorcester

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