Stellenbosch- Montagu- Oudtshoorn
The scenic ‘Route 62’ is the historical road that passes from Ceres (the fruit area at the foot of the Cederberg Mountains) to Worcester and Robertson through the Breede River Valley and the Klein Karoo. It used to be the main link between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town before the N2 Highway was built in I958.
This scenic route has been rediscovered, and serves as a 70 km shorter option between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn. The route passes through 14 beautiful preserved towns and villages where time has stood still for 40 years. Worcester on Route 60, where a visit to the Kleinplasie open- air museum portrays the lifestyle of the early pioneer farmers. The KWV Cellar, largest of its kind in the world, offers cellar tours and will serve as a good introduction to the other smaller distilleries on the Brandy Route. The Robertson wine route forms part of the Breede River wine route which is reputed to be the longest wine route in the world.
Montagu at the heart of Route 62 and the start of the Klein Karoo, is a romantic village surrounded by majestic mountains. The village became famous for its healing, natural, hot springs and for the aphrodisiac quality of the water: The area is popular for its healthy dry climate, nature walks, 4X4 routes, cycling, country living and good fresh country cooking. Enjoy the wine farms and views on Route 62. From Montagu and Bonnievale the Route 60 (an extension of Route 62) links back through a beautiful valley and pass to the N2 Highway and another historic Cape- Dutch town, Swellendam. From Swellendam it is an easy drive to the southernmost part of Africa, Cape Agulhas and the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Overberg. Drive back to Cape Town via the Hermanus.
Klein Karoo and Great Karoo: The Langeberg Mountain range forms a natural barrier between the fertile farmlands of the Breede River valley and the sunburned rock garden of the Little Karoo. Fertile valleys are linked to the Garden Route on the one side and the ‘Groot Karoo’ on the other side by rugged, beautiful mountain passes such as the spectacular old “Seweweekspoort Pass”, the “Huisves Pass” and Schoemanspoort. Pass through the picturesque towns of Barrydale. Ladismith at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain and the historic mission stations of Amalienstein and Zoar where life goes on in the traditional way.
Calitzdorp is renowned as the Port wine capital of South Africa. The Boplaas Cellar has been exporting brandy to London since the 1800s and at the Grundheim Cellar the Grundling family have farmed the land for more than 100 years.
Oudtshoorn the capital of the Ostrich feather industry was the world centre for ostrich farming in Victorian times. Many grand houses (“feather palaces”) date from 1810 and are kept in pristine condition. Visit the Cango Caves, an enormous complex of caves where strange and wonderful shapes are formed by the stalactites and stalagmites and stretch deep into the Swartberg Mountains.
It is also possible to return to the coast from Oudtshoorn through the R328 and the scenic Robinson Pass to Mossel Bay or on the Outeniqua Pass to George, Wilderness lakes and Knysna.
Package Price: Booking code: CCR 6 Route 62
01 December 2020- 30 April 2021: R5 379 per person
01 May 2021- 30 September 2021: R4 680 per person
Terms and Conditions
The package is based on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Excludes all other meals, entrance fees and additional activities. Additional T’s and C’s may apply.
Day 1 & 2: Stellenbosch | 2 x Nights at Eendracht Hotel & Apartments
Start off in Stellenbosch – spend two nights in Dorp Street in the heart of the oldest part of the town and explore the Cape winelands. Take a scenic hike or a Vine Hopper hop on hop off wine tour (www.vinehopper.co.za), or a ‘foodie’ walk, or a guided bicycle tour through Stellenbosch.
Day 2: Montagu| 1 x Night at Montagu Country Hotel
Then head north along the famous Route 62 – the scenic alternative to the N2 highway and South Africa’s best road trip route- to Montagu, the gateway to the Little Karoo and well-known for its natural hot springs, heritage, and idyllic setting. Here you’ll spend one night where you can explore the wide streets lined with Cape Victorian national monuments, discover a wide range of dining options, visit one of the many popular climbing spots in the mountains and for something really different. Book a tour to visit the nearby wineries in a classic vintage car from American Dream Cars.
Day 3 & 4: Oudtshoorn | 2 x Nights at De Zeekoe Guest Farm
And then it’s onto the ‘ostrich capital of the world’ – the charming town of Oudtshoorn, and then 7 km from Oudtshoorn the 4-star De Zeekoe Guest Farm, where you’ll spend two nights. Here you can enjoy authentic ‘farm-style’ living and the world-unique opportunity of ‘Walking with Wild Meerkats (Five Shy Meerkats). Also a wide range of activities that include hiking, birding, canoeing, stargazing, swimming and massages at Karoo Tranquillity, its new salon.
Post/Trip expires at 2:12pm on Thursday September 30th, 2021