The Breede River Valley Region, Western Cape

There really is no adjective apt enough to describe the beauty of the Breede River Valley. This incredibly picturesque fruit and wine producing vale has become extremely popular with Capetonians and visitors. This is in no small part because it is close enough to the mother city to reach easily within a couple of hours, but also because little towns like Robertson, McGregor, Ashton, Bonnievale, Tulbagh and Montagu that litter the valley are particularly appealing to visitors, and together with outlying farms, provide a space that gives city dwellers instant reprieve from the grind of city living.

Did you know? Once you've booked your hotel or Breede River Valley accommodation in the Western Cape, explore the destination pages below for info on attractions, activities and things to do when you visit this beautiful valley.

Mountain ranges abound in the valley and it follows that there are roughly 10 alternative scenic routes that lead one here, depending from where one comes.

The Breede River valley stretches from McGregor in the south and Gouda in the west, to Montagu in the east and the Karoo in the north with the N1 passing virtually through its centre in a north easterly direction.

It derives its name from the Breede River that rises in the mountains near Ceres and flows through the valley en route to the Indian Ocean and serves as the main water source for the Breede River Valley.

Did you know? The Western Cape’s most navigable wide river (Breede is Afrikaans for ‘wide’) has its source in the Skurweberg Mountains around Ceres before flowing over Mitchells pass, and on through the Breede River Valley, meeting the Indian Ocean at Witsand, one of the best whale watching coastal towns of the Overberg.

The valley is littered with wine producing vines due in no small part to the hot climate that is perfect for fortified desert wines like Hanepoot and Muscadel in particular. More than 50 wine estates are incorporated into various wine routes within the valley as well as a Brandy route as a result, and the relatively new and extremely popular Route 62, marketed as the longest wine route in the world, makes its way through the valley to the Klein Karoo too.

The towering Du Toit Kloof Mountains in particular offer incredible views over the valley as one comes across the pass.

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Destinations in the Breede River Valley Region

Ashton

Overnight? Ashton accommodation
Lying in the Robertson Wine Valley, sandwiched between the Breede River and the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, the little village of Ashton is famous for its fruit, wine and rose nurseries, and is home to two large fruit canneries and five wineries...

Bainskloof

Overnight? Bainskloof accommodation
Just west of Wellington - the town along the longest wine route in the Western Cape - lies Route 303 along which Bainskloof pass runs from Paarl to Ceres, passing over the Limiet Mountain en route. The pass was planned through the kloof where the Witt...

Bonnievale

Overnight? Bonnievale accommodation
This green village is perhaps not as well known as other towns in the Breede Valley, due mainly to the fact that she is bypassed by Route 62 - the longest wine route in the world. However, there are those who are only to happy that the ‘Cinderella of ...

Breeriver

Overnight? Breeriver accommodation
You will have to take my word for it. There is a little dorpie (wee village) in the Breede River Valley called Breeriver. It lies part way between Worcester and Ceres close to the Breede River, which to add to all the confusion, is also known as the Bree ...

Ceres

Overnight? Ceres accommodation
This beautiful part of the world, named after the Goddess of Fertility for good reason, lies tucked away in a valley surrounded by the mountains of the Boland, accessed only via mountain passes that take your breath away, particularly Theronsberg Pass thr...

De Doorns

Overnight? De Doorns accommodation
De Doorns lies on the main route to and from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. With its wide range of service and commercial facilities, De Doorns has become the business and shopping centre for the entire valley and surrounding towns. De Do...

Du Toitskloof

Overnight? Du Toitskloof accommodation
The exquisite Du Toitskloof Pass winds its scenic way between Paarl and Worcester, in the Western Cape of South Africa. At its foot, it the little village of the same name, from where the awesome views of the mountain and pass can be savoured within an am...

McGregor

Overnight? McGregor accommodation
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 a sacred site and a ...

Montagu

Overnight? Montagu accommodation
Lying between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn on Route 62 - South Africa’s version of America’s Route 66 blessed with scenery to take your breath away, some of the country’s finest wines and advertised as the longest wine route in the world - is the wine-produci...

Prince Alfred Hamlet

Overnight? Prince Alfred Hamlet accommodation
Lying barely north of Ceres on the R303, just below the Koue Bokkeveld Mountain Catchment area, the Boland town of Prince Alfred's Hamlet is just as it sounds - tiny, virtually devoid of any accommodation, quaint, remote and surrounded by mountains. De...

Rawsonville

Overnight? Rawsonville accommodation
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 Slanghoek Valley ha...

Robertson

Overnight? Robertson accommodation
Robertson is located in The Heart of Route 62, the longest wine route in the world which stretches all the way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. From Cape Town it’s an easy 1.5 hrs drive via Paarl and Worcester. Robertson Tourist Bureau is situated on...

Tulbagh

Overnight? Tulbagh accommodation
Just 80 minutes’ drive north of Cape Town, at the northern edge of one of the most beautiful fertile valleys in the country, lies the historical town of Tulbagh. The village nestles in amongst the Winterhoek, Witzenberg and Obiqua Mountains, which surroun...

Wolseley

Overnight? Wolseley accommodation
Your stay in the Breede River Valley is made easier, thanks to the array of Wolseley accommodation available; making for a South African holiday that is all about natural beauty. Lying in the picturesque Het Land van Waveren valley, surrounded by the ...

Worcester

Overnight? Worcester accommodation
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. Worces...

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