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Riebeek Kasteel, Swartland

Riebeek Kasteel
The snow-capped Winterhoek Mountains

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Lying in the heart of the Riebeek Valley on the slopes of the Kasteelberg (castle mountain), Riebeek Kasteel is an easy 75 kilometre drive along the N7 from Cape Town in the heart of the Swartland Region.

It is believed to be one of the oldest villages in South Africa and indeed one could easily mistake the town and its accompanying valley for one set in the midst of the Tuscan hills of Italy, bathed as it invariably is in sunshine, particularly as it is almost equally as famous for its olives and Shiraz red wines.

Riebeek Kasteel has worked its charm on more than a few writers, painters, alternate life-stylers and other artists who have gathered here for the creative energy exuded by the peaceful village's beauty and serenity.

The NG Kerk in Riebeek Kasteel
The town's name is a traditional mixture of Jan van Riebeeck and the Kasteelberg that stands firm in amongst olive groves, vineyards, wheat fields and sunshine virtually the whole year round. But there is nothing traditional about the vibrant community that lends the town such appeal and local shops, bistros, restaurants and art studios are well worth a visit.

Riebeek Kasteel's sister village, Riebeek West, lies really close to Riebeek Kasteel; it is but a few minutes drive from the one to the other. Together they make for an essential day trip from Cape Town and a wonderful place to spend a few idyllic days, even weeks, exploring the countryside - the towns of Tulbagh, Paarl, Stellenbosch, interesting wine estates and on as far as the West Coast Nature Park and Langebaan - all easily within reach of Riebeek Kasteel.

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average visitor rating: 5/5"Have not visited yet, but am really looking forward to being at my niece's wedding in May. She is getting married at the NG Church followed by the reception ..." - Carol Bielich, Sandton, Gauteng

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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

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

Swartland Wine Estates

The Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route is the official name of the route established in the Swartland in 1986, and describes the taste bud phenomenon of this scenic paradise. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the hills and mountains, gold-hued wheat ... more information

Swartland Wine Route

Meaning ‘black country’ and named after the indigenous Renosterbos, which turns a dark colour at a certain time of the year, the wine route extends from Darling on the west coast down to the Oliphants Mountain at Porterville in the east and includes Malmesbury, Riebeek Valley and Piketberg in the north ... more information

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Pieter Cruythoff Route Trail

Where: Riebeek Kasteel
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Start: stile to the north of the memorial on Bothmanskloof Pass Finish: back where you started Duration: 2, 3 hours ... more information

Heuningberg 4x4 Trail

Where: Porterville
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The Heuningberg 4x4 trail is around 18km along a farm running between Porterville, Moorreesburg and Gouda. This big but thrilling advent ... more information

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Bar Bar Black Sheep Restaurant

Where: Riebeek Kasteel

Bar Bar Black Sheep Restaurant, Riebeek Kasteel is an easy 45min drive North West from Cape Town on the N7. Rustic, slow-cooked country fare with fresh seasonal ingredients, such as Courgettes freshly ... more information

Café Felix

Where: Riebeek Kasteel

Café Felix is a popular restaurant in the picturesque Riebeek Valley. The original food concept was based on the popular Olympia Café & Deli in Kalkbay, which involves a blackboard menu that changes c ... more information

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