Route 62, Western Cape
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 slightly shorter.
This well-maintained blacktop highway meanders from Worcester, by way of the Breede River Valley, through Robertson, Ashton and Montagu, then the Klein Karoo landmark towns and then on to George and the Garden Route ...
The road follows winding and spectacular mountain passes that slowly unfold before your eyes, leading to lush green valleys hosting crystal streams and framed by the distorted geological shapes and colours of rock faces dating from hundreds of millions of years ago.
Then there is the abundance of indigenous flora. No fewer than 500 different species of succulents are to be seen along Route 62. Orchards and vineyards are there in abundance, too.
The main highway traversing this fascinating land, Route 62, is reputed to be the longest wine route in the world. And keep an eye on dams and wetlands for a chance to spot the Blue Crane, South Africa’s national bird and an endangered species often visible along Route 62.
If you are planning a visit to the region, you will find the following articles useful:
• Things to Do on Route 62
• Cape Town to Oudtshoorn - Route 62 in winter is simply the cat’s whiskers.
Detailed Map of Route 62
Destinations / Town & Suburbs of Route 62
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Barrydale
The little town of Barrydale lies nestled at the foot of the beautiful Langeberge in the heart of the Tradouw Valley, close to where the northern exit of the Tradouw Pass winds through the mountains to meet Route 62, the longest ... barrydale information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Calitzdorp
Driving east on Route 62, from Ladismith via the striking Huisrivier mountain pass, travelers suddenly encounter the little town of Calitzdorp, once renowned as the Port Wine Capital of South Africa, but now more commonly known ... calitzdorp information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in De Rust
The quaint little Victorian town of De Rust, on Route 62, is conveniently positioned at the southern entrance to Meiringspoort - a magnificent gorge through the Swartberg Mountain Range - and just a few kilometres from Oudtshoorn ... de rust information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Herold
Herold doesn’t need much by way of imaginative writing to inspire a visit. The little hamlet of Herold lies right on the Montagu Pass cradled by some of the most majestic mountain scenery in the country on the R62, (Route 62) one of ... herold information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Joubertina
Joubertina (pronounced Djou-ber-tina) lies nestled in amongst the Kouga, Baviaanskloof and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges, with accommodation provided mostly on nearby farms. Whilst the surrounds are gorgeous, the little town ... Joubertina information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Ladismith
The little town of Ladismith lies in the shadow of the Towerkop Mountain peak on Route 62, 300 km from Cape Town in the Karoo. The pretty town is unique in a number of senses, not least of which is its unique ‘Ladismith’ style of ... ladismith information
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
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Oudtshoorn
Know as "The Feather Capital of the World" because of the flourishing ostrich industry. Oudtshoorn's attraction include three show farms: Highgate, Safari and Cango Ostrich Farm. Palatial homes known as "feather palaces" ... oudtshoorn information
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
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
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Wellington
Nearby is the smaller and very attractive town of Wellington. Visit the Wellington Museum in Church Street and the Dutch Reformed Church. Beyond Wellington is the Bain's Kloof Pass which is a historical monument. Built by Andrew Bain ... wellington information
Wine Routes of Route 62
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
A little surprising, perhaps - that grapes can grow in a semi-arid area - but grow they do in this region, renowned for its extremes in soils and climate. Despite the low rainfall for the area, viticulture happens in the riverine sites, kloofs and valleys of its spectacularly rugged mountains and produces ... more information
Only 1.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town and in the heart of Route 62 - the longest wine route in the country - Robertson Wine Valley lies surrounded by majestic mountains in the Breede River Valley. With a minimal annual rainfall and harsh weather conditions, including hot, dry days and cold nights, wines ... more information
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
Only 45 minutes outside of Cape Town, the Wellington wine route is one of the youngest wine routes in the Cape, although the viticultural heritage dates back to the French Huguenots of the late 1600s. Officially launched in the mid 1990s, the predominantly working but charming farms produce some top quality red ... more information
The Worcester winelands incorporate over 250 years of winemaking knowledge to produce, amongst other cultivars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc and Columbar to national acclaim. The town of Worcester lies in the Breede River Valley encircled by majestic mountains and is the centre of this wine route ... more information
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