Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe 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 Breede River 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.
Popular Towns in the Breede River Valley
Overnight? Accommodation in Ashton
Lying in the Robertson Wine Valley, sandwiched between the Breede River and the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, the little village of Ashton is famous for its fruit, wine and rose nurseries, and is home to two large fruit canneries...
More info and photographs: Ashton Information
Overnight? 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 through...
More info and photographs: Bainskloof Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Bonnievale
This green village is perhaps not as well known as other towns in the Breede 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 only to happy that...
More info and photographs: Bonnievale Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Breeriver
The breathtaking views of the valley alone are worth a stay in a little place like Breeriver. Mountains, mountains and more mountains interwoven with grapevines, fruit orchards and indigenous fynbos make this a valley close to heaven...
More info and photographs: Breeriver Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Ceres
This beautiful part of the world, named after the Goddess of Fertility for good reason, lies tucked away in a valley surrounded by the mountains of the Boland, accessed only via mountain passes that take your breath away, particularly...
More info and photographs: Ceres Information
Overnight? Accommodation in De Doorns
De Doorns lies on the main route to and from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. With its wide range of service and commercial facilities, De Doorns has become the business and shopping centre for the entire valley and surrounding...
More info and photographs: De Doorns Information
Overnight? Accommodation in McGregor
One of the few places in the world to lie directly on ley lines, McGregor is considered a sacred site and a natural energy means that McGregor has attracted artists, healers and a number of colourful characters as residents. McGregor has...
More info and photographs: McGregor Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Montagu
Lying between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn on Route 62 - South Africa’s version of America’s Route 66 blessed with scenery to take your breath away, some of the country’s finest wines and advertised as the longest wine route in the world...
More info and photographs: Montagu Information
Prince Alfred Hamlet
Stay? Accommodation 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, quaint, remote and surrounded...
More info and photographs: Prince Alfred Hamlet Information
Overnight? 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...
More info and photographs: Rawsonville Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Robertson
Robertson is located in The Heart of Route 62, the longest wine route in the world which stretches all the way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. From Cape Town it’s an easy 1.5 hrs drive via Paarl and Worcester. Robertson Tourist Bureau...
More info and photographs: Robertson Information
Overnight? 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 Obiqua...
More info and photographs: Tulbagh Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Wolseley
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 Tulbagh and Ceres...
More info and photographs: Wolseley Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Worcester
Worcester lies on the main route to and from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. With its wide range of service and commercial facilities, Worcester has become the business and shopping centre for the entire valley and...
More info and photographs: Worcester Information