Rooibos Heritage Route

The Rooibos Heritage Route is a dirt road that occurs roughly halfway between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam, off the N7. It is actually an alternative route to Clanwilliam

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Rooibos Heritage Route

Savour the peace and quiet of the Suid Bokkeveld and the Cedarberg Mountains on a route that links Nieuwoudtville and Wupperthal via Moedverloor (the route is also sometimes called the Moedverloor Route).

Where? The Route links Nieuwoudtville and Wupperthal via Moedverloor

How? Call Wupperthal Information Office on +27 (0)27 492-3410

Overnight? See Cederberg accommodation, in Western Cape

En route are a group of authentic small scale farmers that you can visit, guided hikes, rock art, medicinal plants, and even courses on baking traditional bread and how to harvest your own rooibos tea.

Sleep in a matjieshut under the stars, enjoy a cup of organic rooibos tea with a slice of homemade bread or 'roosterkoek' as it's known, do a course on 'veldkos' or food from the veld, learn how to collect rooibos seed and how to make a baby bag from sheepskin. And do all of this on some of the most incredible roads (tar and dust) of the Cederberg that allow you to see some of the best scenery in the Western Cape.

Best of all, the Rooibos Heritage Route offers an alternative during the spring flower season. Depending on what the rain season was like (and other mystical weather conditions that have to be just right for a flower season to occur) all of the route will be filled with wild flowers, not least of all Nieuwoudtville, where a trip to the bulb nursery is mandatory.

The reason for the Rooibos route is to provide an environmentally friendly tourist route between Wupperthal and Nieuwoudtville. The route encourages visitors to use the local accommodation and hospitality of rooibos farmers and their families who can share their knowledge and environment with them.

Doing the route raises awareness and helps conserve both the natural and cultural heritage of the Greater Cederberg region.

Pick up a pamphlet on the Rooibos Heritage Route at local tourism offices.

Popular Activities in the Rooibos Heritage Route

Cederberg Wilderness Trail

Where? Clanwilliam
Roughly 300 km of hiking trails on well maintained paths wend their way through what is, in essence, the Cape Fold Belt peppered with weathered sandstone formations, typical of the area, that include Wolfberg Arch and the Maltese Cross...

More info and contact details: Cederberg Wilderness Trail

Lots Wife and Window Rocks

Where? Cederberg
The trail to Window Rocks is easy to manage and well signposted. It takes between one and 1.5 hours to complete, making it short enough for a morning outing before lunch. The map and the permit that is required can be obtained from the Dwarsrivier...

More info and contact details: Lots Wife and Window Rocks

Did you know?

The Rooibos factory in Clanwilliam may have started as a cottage industry, but it has grown to supply rooibos tea globally. The Aspalathus linearis plant produces needle-like leaves that, when harvested, bruised and fermented, make not only a tasty tea, but one very high in antioxidant properties, recommended for all sorts of ailments.

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