Route 62

Authentic South African Karoo towns and winelands, the Cape Route 62 is modelled after the iconic US Route 66.

It is an alternative route to the Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. This slightly shorter, inland route is a completely different experience compared to the coastal route offering wide open spaces and diverse scenery. 

 This historical route is the world’s longest wine route, lined with many farming communities and small towns. The country charm of the old world is magnetic drawing travellers from all walks of life. Winding through magnificent landscapes, various agricultural farms, towering cliffs and crystal clear waters with ancient trees and indigenous flora, your soul will be renewed in ways you could never have imagined. 

 Some of South Africa’s most diverse landscapes can be found along this route, running through towns that can seem worlds apart, but are all connected. Offering ample opportunity for exploration and discovery, Route 62 accommodation boasts not only great views and serenity but extremely friendly and hospitable hosts. The Karoo in general is known for its friendly locals and with this route falling a part of the Klein Karoo, you are sure to get a taste of what hospitality is and should be. 

 Stretched across a vast range of towns and areas, Route 62 offers bountiful adventures throughout areas consisting of arid landscapes, vineyards, majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers and orchards. A harmoniously balanced climate and terrain, this route is a perfect holiday waiting to be had at any time of the year. The towns are easily accessible, and all divert off of the R62 but join up with it again. 

 

Some of the farming towns that this scenic route passes from the west to the east are: Paarl, Wellington, Tulbagh, Ceres, Worcester, McGregor, Robertson, Bonnievale, Ashton and a town home to wonderful hot springs – Montagu. Further along you will find the famous Breede River Valley and a town famous for its fruit and wine – Barrydale, along with Amalienstein, Ladismith and Calitzdorp, among others. Further east Misgund, Louterwater, Krakeel, Joubertina and Kareedouw can be found among the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains. 

 Along this Route 62 are a range of excursions and expeditions to be had. Visit some of South Africa’s top wineries, take cultural tours, visit museums that tell tales of this historic route and its towns and view some ancient tribal art or game reserves. For the more adventurous, there are a number of hiking and horse riding trails, mountain climbing spots, 4x4 routes or go canoeing along the Breede River. Fishing is a popular past time and so is ostrich riding – be warned, they are the fastest animal on two legs and can kill predators with a forward kick. 

 With so much to see and so much to do, Route 62 is more than an exciting experience, it’s a journey. The exciting excursions and calm and tranquillity are a perfect balance for cleansing of the soul. Book accommodation through Venues4Africa and get the process started. 

 

 

Port Elizabeth

Also known as "The Friendly City", PE has all the elements necessary to make up a truly South African experience, and what’s more, they’ll be delivered with a smile.

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Montagu

Cut off from the main trek routes due to the seemingly impenetrable nature of Cogmans Kloof, it wasn’t until after Thomas Bain had built the pass and tunnel that trade began to develop in the area.

Prince Albert

The town is incredibly scenic and offers visitors a tranquil retreat wherein the niks(stillness) is said to be the ultimate balm for one's soul.

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Oudtshoorn

Originally inhabited by Bushmen, as evidenced by the numerous rock paintings that are found in caves and the surrounding Swartberg Mountains, the Oudtshoorn area first saw European explorers in the year 1689. The explorers were a trading pa ...

Barrydale

Nestled at the foot of the Langeberg in the centre of the Tradouw Valley, Barrydale accommodation offers a range of self-catering guesthouses, working farm stays, village cottages, retreats and even biker stops making a the ...

Calitzdorp

The town just but a four hours’ drive from Cape Town and halfway to Port Elizabeth. Calitzdo ...

Ceres

The town is about 170 km north-east of Cape Town and surrounded by small quaint towns like Tulbagh and Prince Alfred that offer an exquisite Cape Dutch charm. Ceres’ economy is mainly based on agriculture, and there are plenty of farm ...

De Rust

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McGregor

It is also situated close to Robertson and it picks up on Robertson’s Karoo tones. McGregor is an evergreen village and this adds to its tranquil ad serene setting. McG ...

Tulbagh

Tulbagh enjoys some of the most diverse and attractive conditions for viticulture in the Cape and neighbours fruitful towns like Ceres. As one of the oldest towns in South Africa, Tulbagh ...

Uniondale

Situated on Route 62, Uniondale was formed in 1856 by the joining of two towns, Hopedale and Lyons. Travellers who visit this destination are not only attracted to the town because of its famo ...

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