Riebeek Kasteel, Swartland
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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.
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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"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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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, 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
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
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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