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Worcester, Breede River Valley

Worcester
Worcester, Breede River Valley

Once you've booked your accommodation in Worcester, explore our pages for info on attractions and what to do 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 surrounding towns.

Worcester is a town with a particularly impressive cultural heritage. In 1819 Worcester was proclaim a sub-drostdy of Tulbagh. Two farms were bought for the purpose of laying out a town.

In 1822 Worcester was proclaimed a full drostdy. The town was named after the Marquis of Worcester brother of Lord Charles Somerset. It is a well-known educational centre and has several schools, a college as well as special schools for the disabled.

Surrounded by majestic mountain and verdant valleys, the town is seated in the biggest wine-producing district in the country.

There is a lot to see and do in Worcester and it is ideally situated to explore the surrounding towns, vines and valleys - a real eco-destination nestled between majestic mountain ranges and magnificent scenery. From here you can visit the towns like Tulbagh, Ceres or Robertson, or take a tour around the KWV Brandy Cellar Complex.

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For more info about Worcester see our article on the SA Travel News Blog:
Worcester, the town that fell off the map.
Exploring the Worcester Wine Route.

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Aquila Nature Reserve

Aquila is a private Nature Reserve lying outside the town of Touwsriver; just less than two hours drive from Cape Town along a particularly scenic route on the N1. The reserve is named after the Black Eagle found in the area that is today rarely encountered and regarded as an endangered species. Aquila, whilst ... more information

Breedekloof Wine Estates

The Western Cape region of the Breedekloof is renowned for its picturesque wine farms, of which there are more than 25. Worcester, the Breede River and Rawsonville are all part of the appeal of this mountainous region. The terroir and weather conditions of this area have proven perfect in ... more information

Du Toitskloof Pass

Du Toitskloof Pass lies on the R101 between Paarl and Worcester, although these days most people are not even aware they're on the pass for they opt to use the Huguenot Tunnel, which means you shave a significant 11 kilometres off the original drive. You can still scale the heights of this impressive pass that ... more information

Hex River Pass

The Hex River Pass lies on the national road, the N1, and links Worcester with Touws River. The pass is a favourite amongst travellers during winter when the surrounding peaks are capped with snow, usually a sure indicator to those living in the nearby towns and farms that the cold weather has hit, as it does ... more information

Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden

In Roux Road on the outskirts of Worcester, some 120 kilometres from Cape Town, lies a unique gem of a garden - the only truly succulent garden in the southern hemisphere, and indeed Africa, that displays one of the largest collection of indigenous succulents in South Africa. 155 hectares of ... more information

Kleinplasie Worcester Open Air Museum

1km outside Worcester, is Kleinplasie Living Open-air Museum. Here we depict the lifestyle of the early Cape pioneer farmers. Activities like tobacco rolling, candle and soap making, coffee roasting and bread baking (only mornings between 09:30 - 12:30) are performed on a daily basis. more information

Route 62

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 ... more information

Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve

Set in a part of the country known as the arid Robertson Karoo, the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve lies in the Breede River Valley, roughly 15 kilometres south of Robertson on the road to McGregor. Given the name of the nature reserve - Vrolijkheid means happiness - this must have been the site of much ... more information

Worcester Golf Course

The Worcester Golf Club is situated at the start of the Western Cape’s Klein Karoo, approximately 50 minutes from Cape Town en route to Oudtshoorn and the Garden Route. The course was designed by Peter Matkovich, at that time in partnership with Gary Player. The championship course is situated ... more information

Worcester Wine Estates

The area of Worcester has been producing wines for generations, and is nationally acclaimed for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc, as well as the lesser known Columbar. In fact, the Worcester Wine Route contributes about one-fifth of the national vineyards and more ... more information

Worcester Wine Route

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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Things To Do in Worcester

KWV House Of Brandy

Where: Worcester
How much (per person): Price on request

You'll find the KWV House of Brandy in Worcester in the Breeder River Valley. This is the biggest brandy distillery in the Southern Hemisphe ... more information

Alvi's Drift Wines

Where: Worcester
How much (per person): Price on request

Between the mountainous and ruggedly beautiful towns of Worcester and Villiersdorp, in the Breede River Valley is Alvi's Drift Private Cella ... more information

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Die Pampoenstalletjie

Where: Worcester

Die Pampoenstalletjie (directly translated to “the little pumpkin farm stall”) is a small, but treasured, attraction just outside the Western Cape town of Worcester. While relatively small in comparis ... more information

Dining & Live Music at Damas Restaurant

Where: Worcester

Damas Restaurant was originally an old farm reservoir that was transformed into this popular restaurant where guests sit below the original ground level while they enjoy reknowned cuisine and the best ... more information

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