River Valley is a region of Western Cape Province, South Africa known
for being the largest fruit and wine producing valley in the Western Cape,
as well as South Africa's leading race-horse breeding area. It is part
of the Boland bordering on becoming Little Karoo towards the east.
Breede River Valley is relatively broad and flat for a Western Cape valley,
averaging at a floor height of 80m-250m above sea-level. Western regions
are mostly alluvial and flat, while eastern regions have more hills of
the Bokkeveld Formation with narrow alluvial deposits. The valley was formed
by its namesake, the Breede River. It is completely encircled by high mountains
of the Cape Fold Belt ranging in height from 1500m to upwards of 2000m's.
It stretches from Tulbagh in the north to McGregor in the south and Rawsonville
in the west to Ashton and Bonnievale in the east.
is climatically diverse, however it completely falls within a Mediterranean
Climate. Towards the north and west, rainfall approaches upwards of 1000mm
p.a., particularly in the Slanghoek Region near Rawsonville, whilst it
becomes drier towards the south and west, with most areas averaging 300mm
p.a., with areas near Worcester only receiving 175mm p.a. Thus Karoo Shrub
dominates eastern hills, with lush Fynbos vegetation dominating western
is a town with 46,251 inhabitants in the Western Cape Province of South
Africa. It is the administrative centre of the Witzenberg Local Municipality.
was named after the Roman goddess Ceres, a name which is fitting as the
valley in which the town is situated is extremely fertile and is a major
producer of South Africa's deciduous fruit. It is situated in the Warmbokkeveld
(Afrikaans: "warm antelope field") Valley about 170 km north-east of Cape
Town, which is climatically warmer than the surrounding highlands, which
is known as the Kouebokkeveld ("cold antelope field").
experiences a typical Mediterranean climate tempered by its altitude. The
town experiences warmer temperatures in summer, due to its inland location
with infrequent rainfall, however winters are cool to quite cold and wet,
with frequent snowfalls on the surrounding higher-lying ground, rarely
falling on the valley floor itself. Total annual precipitation averages
1088mm, with average temperatures ranging from a February maximum of 29,9°C
to a July minimum of 2,4°C.
is well-known for fruit juices exported worldwide bearing the town's name.
It is also famous locally for winter snow and cherries: Cape Town residents
flock to the town during winter to ski or simply play in the powder — something
of a rarity for the otherwise mild climate they are used to. If you forgot
to pack your ski gear there are opportunities in town for rentals in case
you want to hit the slopes. Whilst in summer, people come to pick
cherries from "Klondyke" farm.
Africa is one of the most stable parts of the world in seismic terms but
on the 29th of September 1969 a massive shock shook the district without
warning. The epicentre of the quake was on a major local structure called
the Worcester fault, which had clearly been geologically active in the
distant past but had not moved in over three hundred years of recorded
history. Ceres was affected badly. Many old Cape Dutch buildings were damaged
and some lives were lost. The quake was strong enough to knock plaster
off walls in Cape Town, a hundred miles away
Matroosberg Reserve, Self Catering, Camping and Caravanning, Tented
Camp, CERES The
Matroosberg Reserve is situated on the farm Erfdeel, 35 Km from Ceres.
The reserve covers more than 1000 Ha of mountain area, and reaches the
Matroosberg Peak, which at the altitude of 2249m, is the highest in the
Boland. (About 250m higher than Sneeuberg in the Cedarberg.) During the
winter months, Matroosberg is often covered with snow. After a good snowfall,
the Southern slopes remain snow-clad for quite some time and you can drive
to the snow. This area is also well known for its private ski-slope.
Game Reserve, Game Lodge, CERES Inverdoorn
is situated in the Ceres-Karoo area ±2hrs from Cape Town. You can
spot buffalo, white rhino, giraffe, zebra, eland, kudu, nyala, lechwe,
oryx and more on an open 4x4 safari vehicle with a professional guide.
Enjoy a sun downer at the look-out point while viewing game at the waterhole.
A peaceful oasis in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by wide open spaces;
Inverdoorn offers refreshment for the soul and delicious food the body.
Inverdoorn has guesthouses and chalets. The guesthouses can accommodate
9-11 people each and the 7 luxury en-suite chalets can accommodate 2 people
each. The guesthouses have ceiling fans in each room and the chalets have
each got air-conditioning.
Kamma Private Game Reserve, CERES Kagga
Kamma is a very unique private game reserve located near Ceres in the magnificent
Cedarberg Mountains of the Western Cape. It is totally malaria free and
only 260km (±40 min. flying time) from Cape Town. As a guest you
can indulge in the viewing of game from an open vehicle, enjoy a sundowner
at the Ceres Karoo escarpment as well as explore 6000 year old Bushman
rock art. At our mini observatory you can navigate the Southern skies with
our powerful high-tech 10 inch telescope. You can also learn more about
the culture and beliefs of the ancient Bushmen.
Robertson is a town
in the Western Cape Province of South Africa known as the valley of wine
and roses. It was founded in 1853 and named after the Scottish Dutch Reformed
Church Minister, Dr William Robertson.
in the fertile Robertson Valley, farming and wagon building were the town's
original industries. However, after the Second Anglo-Boer War of 1899,
the wagon building industry collapsed when the railways took over the transport
of all goods.
Robertson subsequently became
famous for its ostrich farming, but this industry collapsed as well shortly
after World War I and thus the farmers of the area turned switched to wine
and fruit farming. Later, several successful racehorse stud farms were
founded. Agriculture remains the mainstay of the town's economy up to the
Tourism has also grown in
recent years and the town has several South African National Monuments,
such as the Pink Church (1859), the Museum (1860), the Edwardian-style
house 12 Piet Retief Street (1904), the Victorian-style house 59 Van Reeneen
Street (1914) and the Powder House (which used as a storage for gunpowder).
The wine industry in Robertson
has grown from less than 25 cellars in 1995 to more than 50 registerd wine
cellars as of today. There are a number of wine cellars that receive the
highest awards both locally and internationally every year. Robertson wine
cellars include: Graham Beck, Springfield, Bon Cap, Majors Hill and Excelsior
Estate. There are also a range of small boutique wineries as Rosendal
and Fraai Uitzicht.
The Robertson Guest House, ROBERTSON Ballinderry, The Robertson
Guest House is a luxury guest house in the heart of Robertson, on Route
62. The four star graded guest house, in a double storey thatched villa,
is owned and managed by the Belgian owners Luc and Hilde Uyttenhove. They
aim for the highest standards in quality, service and personal attention.
Ballinderry offers five comfortable double en-suite rooms and a deluxe
honeymoon suite. Each room has its own character and design, but they all
combine luxury with charm. The suite, with views on pool, garden and mountains,
consists of a big living room, bedroom and bathroom and has air-conditioning
as well as a private fireplace for chilly winter days.
B&B, ROBERTSON Randrivier B&B is a
3 star S.A.Tourism graded institution on a Wine & Fruit farm with a
lovely garden. 1km outside Robertson in the heart of Route 62 with all
the famous wine farms and numerous tourist attractions in the Robertson
Valley. We offer 4 ensuite double rooms with high quality standards
and service + 1 selfcatering cottage that sleeps 2 +2 on couch fully equipped.
We are near several Restaurants, the Golf course, Holiday resorts and 5
nearby villages each with its own splendour.
Winery & Wellness Retreat, ROBERTSON Rosendal Winery & Wellness
Retreat is a boutique winery situated in Robertson only 1 hour and 45 minutes
from Cape Town on the Route 62 Stay at Rosendal this green season and enjoy
the beautiful winelands of Robertson. Experience the quietness, the quiet
wine cellars and that people have time for a chat. Enjoy wholesome country
cuisine in our small town, galleries, a holistic visit to McGregor or just
sit by the fireplace with some Rosendal Red in your hand. Professional
therapists in the SPA center and a great European kitchen team at the Rosendal
Guest Farm, Self-Catering Cottages, ROBERTSON Agterkliphoogte
Guest Farm offers more than just accommodation in the Breede River Valley.
Spend a few days enjoying the famous Route 62 hospitality on a 150ha farm
with the majestic Riviersonderende and Langeberg mountains unfolding as
far as you can see. At night the sky is filled with millions of stars,
without any air or light pollution. Two Victorian style guest cottages
- in years gone by were originally farm workers houses which have now been
revamped and updated with French doors leading off each bedroom onto a
Self Catering, ROBERTSON Country
comfort in the shadow of the majestic Langeberg Mountains. Scenic surroundings
& Cozy accommodation in a historic Victorian Guesthouse close to nature.
Meal options includes: Breakfasts – Dinners - Sunday lunches (bookings
only) braai facilities. The Lodge consists of 6 bedrooms, 5 doubles and
1-twin rooms, all double rooms en-suite accommodating in total 16 people
sharing; it also has a communal lounge with TV, large kitchen, dining area
and fireplace - braai area outside. Robetson Self Catering is the perfect
setting for small weddings up to 30 people in the large glass restaurant
or outside under the pepper trees. Our swimming facilities is ideal for
the adventurer, both cement dams are rather deep but great for swimming
in the warm summer days...
Tulbagh is a town
in the Tulbagh valley and is situated in the Witzenberg Local Municipality,
with the valley called "Die Land van Waveren" locally. Closest towns are
Wolseley, Prince Alfred's Hamlet, Gouda and Ceres in the Boland (Highland)
district of the Western Cape Province, South Africa.
valley has been inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous Bushmen
and Khoi peoples. It was about 300 years ago when, after a land grant by
the Dutch Colonial Government to a more or less equal number of Dutch and
Huguenot settlers to settle the area, that the town of Tulbagh was founded.
The town developed slowly and over time and in the period many notable
examples of Cape Dutch architecture, Victorian and Edwardian houses and
other buildings such as Die Oude Drosdy (the original colonial Magistrate's
complex) were built in the valley. Many of these lovely buildings were
destroyed in an earthquake in 1969 but quite a number did survive the catastrophe.
Church Street in Tulbagh is now graced by the largest number of original
Cape- Dutch, Edwardian and Victorian National Monuments in one street in
South Africa and is a major tourist attraction of the town to the present
Tulbagh is situated in a
bowl surrounded by imposing mountain ranges, with the Obiqua Mountains
to the west, the Winterhoek Mountains in the north and the Witzenberg Mountains
to the east. The valley experiences a mediterranean-type climate. The southern
side of the valley is open to cooling south-east winds during the hot summer
months. Accordingly Tulbagh enjoys some of the most diverse and attractive
conditions for viticulture in the Cape, and the differences in terroir
available to wine makers allow for a wide diversity of distinctive wines
of excellence, attributes which have attracted many new producers to the
Wine Lodge, TULBAGH Situated in a tranquil country
setting in Tulbagh, South Africa, Manley Wine Lodge is a little piece of
heaven. Surrounded by majestic mountains, sweeping vineyards and orchards,
this is the perfect place to catch your breath and stay for a while. Manley
Wine Lodge is situated 1.4 km from the historic town of Tulbagh and surrounded
by magnificent mountain scenery. Tulbagh, famous for its historic buildings,
is only 75 minutes from Cape Town. There is a lovely Gothic chapel for
that special country wedding, a sunny breakfast room, swimming pool, and
thatched lapa with great barbeque area - all adding to the facilities on
this tranquil farm.
Cape Dutch Quarter, B&B/Self-Catering, TULBAGH The Cape Dutch Quarter is
a portfolio of heritage properties offering a range of B&B & self-catering
accommodation options in the heart of old Tulbagh village. Tulbagh Country
Manor: offers guests 200-year-old grandeur, with ‘4 Star’ luxury en suite,
king -sized rooms on a B&B basis. "The little Courtyards’ and ‘The
Wagon Shed:’ offer guests upmarket self-catering options. Tulbagh Travellers
Lodge/Backpackers’ in the ‘Old Bank:’ offers travellers on a budget a comfortable,
value for money option.
Witzenberg Country Inn, Bed and Breakfast, TULBAGH The Witzenberg Country Inn
is owned and managed by a committed husband and wife team who are dedicated
to providing warm hospitality and comfortable accommodation in the magnificent
Cape Winelands. The Witzenberg Country Inn offers outstanding bed and breakfast
accommodation in double en-suite rooms that all have TV, fans and heaters
and tea & coffee making facilities. Relax with a long cool drink in
our beer garden or air-conditioned sports bar and enjoy all the sports
action on DSTV.
Tulbagh lies about
180 kilometres north-east of Cape Town in the Breede River valley, surrounded
by the picturesque Witsenberg mountain range. The town was founded in 1743
by the first settler families, the Trekboers. The "Oude Kerk", established
by the Trekboers, is the oldest church in South Africa.
Klip Farmhouse Hotel, TULBAGH Bartholomeus Klip is unique.
There are only five bedrooms in this small hotel, the original homestead
on a large private estate which is both a working wheat and sheep farm
and a nature reserve with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Here, in this
unexplored region only an hour by car from Cape Town's international airport,
you can feel part of the peaceful life of rural South Africa and its clean
crisp air and star-filled night skies. The Victorian homestead has been
meticulously renovated, and the fine fabrics and family antiques make you
feel as if you are a guest in someone's much-loved home.
Hotel, TULBAGH THE TULBAGH HOTEL - Western
Cape Winelands. Tulbagh, only 1 hours drive north of Cape Town, is located
in one of the most scenic valleys of the Western Cape Winelands, surrounded
by majestic mountains, snow capped in winter. Famous for its Cape Dutch
architecture, the town features 27 National Monuments in one street alone,
and the Tulbagh Hotel is fortunate to incorporate 2 of these properties
as ‘heritage’ annexes to the main building, which was itself founded in
1859. We source much of our fresh produce from our own farm in Tulbagh.
The Tulbagh Hotel offers you the most versatile wedding venue in the Tulbagh
valley; a ceremony in the oldest Church in the country, with a reception
in the same historic street of 27 National Monuments.
Worcester is a town
in the Western Cape, South Africa. It is located 120 km north-east of Cape
Town on the N1 highway north to Johannesburg.
the largest town in the Western Cape's interior region, it serves as the
administrative capitol of the Breede Valley Local Municipality and as regional
headquarters for most Central- and Provincial Government Departments. The
town also serves as the hub of the Western Cape's interior commercial,
distribution and retail activity with a Shopping Mall, well developed Central
Business District and infrastructure.
In the early days of the
Cape's history the main road through the great mountain barrier which streches
northwards from the Hottentots-Holland, Wemmershoek and Slanghoek mountains
to the Groot Winterhoek mountains, lay through the Roodezand Pass into
the valley of Tulbagh. From here the road gave access in the south-east
to “the original great rift valley of Africa” as Jan Smuts once described
the Breede River Valley.
Worcester is located at an
elevation of 220m and can be reached by road either travelling on the N1
highway through the Huguenot Tunnel or by driving through spectacular Mountain
passes. From Cape Town Du Toitskloof, from Wellington Bainskloof, from
Malmesbury Nieuwekloof, from Ceres Mitchells, from Robertson Goree, from
Hermanus Rooihoogte and from Johannesburg Hex River, with vistas over the
Hex River Valley.
de Doorns Guesthouse and B and B, WORCESTER Aan De Doorns is a historical
farm house with five en-suite bedrooms in the main building. The lush and
private gardens have a pool with hammocks under the ancient pepper tree.
Magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and farm land. mainly vineyards.
Aan De Doorns is conveniently situated seven kilometres from Worcester
and one and a half hours to Cape Town city centre. Ian and Wendy Adamson,
the owners, ensure you of a hospitable stay. Worcester boasts the largest
brandy distillery in the southern hemisphere and tours can be arranged.
The Karoo Botanical Gardens are worth a visit and has a good restaurant.
It is situated close to the Worcester Golf Club. Robertson, Franschhoek,
Montague and Tulbagh are nearby and have some world class restaurants and
Eike Farm Accommodation, WORCESTER Die Eike is a lovely Cape
Dutch Homestead, originally built in the early 1800's. Surrounded by vineyards
and orchards with views of majestic mountains, the guesthouse offers warm
hospitality in tranquil setting. A horse riding school nearby offers vineyard
and wine tasting trails on well-trained horses. Die Eike also has a small
conference and function facility (20), which includes a private covered
braai-patio. Accommodation comprises seven en suite double bedrooms of
which two have an extra bedroom with twin beds-ideal for the family. All
rooms have DStv, tea/coffee facilities. Barbecue facilities available.
Enjoy our cellar's excellent sweet wine during winter in front of a log
fire and crisp dry white wine in summer on the patio or just relax beside
the swimming pool.