Ashton in the Breede River Valley sits at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains lush vineyards and orchards.
Barrydale is a rural village that has a climate that has made it famous for award-winning wines. Nearby, is Trabouw Pass with geological formations, beautiful Fynbos and bird life and a river good for swimming.
The Breede River’s fertile alluvial soils has a mild climate with canoeing trips, fishing, bird watching, wine tasting, cheese factory tours and picnics on the river bank.
The Capital of the Overberg with mineral hot springs, wild flower garden, 4x4 adventures trout fishing and Casino.
Ceres is an important fruit producing area and about 90 minutes form Cape Town named after the Roman goddess of fertility. Ceres is surrounded by mountains and good for walking, 4WD routes, mountain biking, horse riding, farm tours and other adventure sports.
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The Elgin Valley borders the Kogelberg Biosphere, which has more than 1 600 species of plants. Visit the oldest remaining Inn in South Africa, an Apple Museum tracing the story of apple farming, the Palmiet Hydro-electric Station or apple packing sheds. Hiking, and mountain biking in the Hottentots Holland Reserve are popular activities. There is also a 2-hour trail for the blind and disabled. The town of Grabouw is the commercial centre.
Elim is just north of Cape Agulhas and the entire village is a National Monument and only members of the Moravian Church live there. Visitors are welcome to join worship on Sundays. The Slave Monument built in 1938 commemorates the liberation of slaves in the Cape.
Franschhoek lies on the banks of the Berg River, read more on: Franschoek
The villages of Malagas and Infanta lie on the banks of the Breede river well to the west of Cape Town. The Breede is one of South Africa’s largest navigable rivers and fishes such as cob, spotted grunter and Garrick are caught in the estuary. A wide variety of watersports make this a popular weekend retreat and holiday destination. The River mouth is a good whale watching area. The Malagas Pont is a hand-drawn pontoon to cross the Breede River when driving between Bredasdorp and the Slang River.
Montagu is a historic village halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route on Route 62. Route 62 is the world’s longest wine route, and the many award-winning wines from the Montagu area can be tasted. A variety of hikes and rock climbing is possible. There are hot springs just outside the town.
Oostenberg an area of mountain scenery and the vineyards of Ribbokrant produce some of fine wines. The Wijnland Auto Museum has South Africa’s biggest collection of classic and vintage automobiles. The Marvol Russian Museum has a collection of twentieth century Russian art and Faberge Eggs located in the Hazendal Wine Estate. Kraaifontein’s Exclusive Bonsai Nursery has a collection of 700 miniature trees. Oostenberg has hiking, swimming, cycling, tennis, golf and horse riding trails.
Paarl is 45 minutes drive from Cape Town, check her to read more: Paarl
Helderberg Basin at the junction of route N2 with route 44 is the eastern-most region of the Cape Metropole and combines the towns of Gordon’s Bay, Lwandle, Macassar, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West and the Strand. The Helderberg is the gateway to the Stellenbosch
Winelands, the Breede River Valley or Hermanus and the Overberg region. With oak trees and thatched cottages, historic buildings and National Monuments, Somerset West show plenty of historic charm. The Helderberg Nature Reserve is at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain. The Vergelegen Estate granted to Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel in 1700 is one of the Cape’s most historic landmarks.
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Set against the Akkedisberg Mountains and on the banks of the Klein River and known for its interesting architecture, microbrewery and cheeses.
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Swellendam is located at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2, 240km from both Cape Town. Swellendam is the third oldest permanent settlement in South Africa and named after the governor of the Cape, Hendrik Swellengrebel and his wife, Helena Ten Damme when the Drostdy was built in 1747. Swellendam is known for sunset cruises on the Buffeljachts Dam and the Breede River. Drostdy Museum Complex is a museum of historical buildings, open-air exhibits and a craft shop in the Old Gaol.
Tulbagh was devasted in the 1969 earthquake but has been restored and well known for the wines and heritage attractions.
The Tygerberg region is 25km north of the city centre with sports stadium, shopping malls, theatres and music venues including The Velodrome and the Grand West Casino
Villiersdorp is a small town on route 43 that is good for water-sports, bass fishing or the popular yacht club on the Tweewaterskloof Dam. Villiersdorp boasts the only “moskonfyt” (grape preserve) factory in the world, and one of the five water mills built by the Dutch East India Company can be seen on the farm Radyn. There is a 9-hole golf course situated on the east bank of the Theewaterskloof Dam.
Wellington is 45 minutes drive from Cape Town on Route 62 and linked to Ceres and Worcester by the Bain’s Kloof Pass. Wellington is renowned for its educational institutions the Wellington Campus of the Cape Technikon and Huguenot College.
Wllington has many Cape Dutch and Victorian buildings and the Wellington Museum features the local winemaking, leather and fruit farming industries.