Route 62 is not only the longest wine route in South Africa but its also the most mountainous. The ever-changing colours of the landscape are a feast for the eyes while the local delicacies from the all of the local towns en-route are a feast for your stomach and one of the highlights on any holiday in South Africa.
They say that Route 62 provides a glimpse into true South African countryside – an exciting adventure that will take you through old and new towns and mountain passes that were expertly designed by Andrew Bain and his son. Although a popular route for tourists and locals alike, the road is clear for the most part, allowing you to focus on the adventure ahead.
The route will encourage you to stop off and discover the quieter side of of the Western Cape such as the winelands of Swellendam, Robertson and Paarl. All three are notable wine producing areas and the perfect place from which to taste South Africa’s award winning wine.
Stretching from Cape Town to Oudshoorn means that you will find plenty of smaller towns to stop in. Its here that you’ll be mesmerized by the charm of the local personalities. You’ll find a new town around every twist and turn of the road including Ceres and Tulbagh which are are well worth a visit for all their historical landmarks. Charming little towns like Barrydale will win over your heart, along with Montagu and Mcgregor. Its in these places where time moves incredibly slowly and the only sound to be heard is the ripening of apples in the orchards and the trickle of the Breede river that flows along most of the route.
A trip along Route 62 is an adventure in itself and a once in a lifetime opportunity for visitors from abroad. Your trip will be filled with picture postcard perfect memories of majestic mountains and smiles from the local townsfolk that will linger in your heart long after your plane has left the airport for home.
Route 62 stretches from Cape Town to Oudshoorn.
The R62 is accessible from the N1.
Best time to visit
While the landscape might seem dryer in the summer months, the colder months see verdant hills and mountain ranges come to life as waterfalls gush down the sides of them – quite the sight to behold.
A superb country house with outstanding restaurant in a uniquely setting in Swellendam near the start of Route 62.
An attractive farm turned boutique guest house, with 8 charming suites and a superb bistro in the heart of the Robertson Valley on Route 62.
Equidistant between Cape Town and Knysna, this intimate 10 bedroom country house is a welcomed stop over with its tranquil setting and delightful restaurant.
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