Farm stalls, ostrich palaces, impressive museums and steepled churches; award winning distilleries, flocks of sheep and the occasional lonely donkey. Cliff overhangs and grey-green hills. Sun drying fruit, aloe and sisal hedges, big open skies, wispy clouds and the wide-open road. By Dawn Jorgensen.
We don’t need to travel far to encounter the untold attractions that driving the heart of Route 62 offers. Officially running between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Route 62 is a welcome alternative to the N2 highway and one of South Africa’s best road trip routes. From Cape Town to Paarl, even including Wellington and Tulbagh at a geographical stretch, it’s the area between Robertson and Oudtshoorn where the route truly comes into itself.
Sparse vegetation and Klein Karoo landscapes, windmills with cement dams, road signs marking accommodations, estates, stalls and attractions all become welcome common play. The town is rich in history, untouched in character and testament to an agricultural economy fuelled by the ever-enduring South African farmer.
Robertson is best known for its wineries, impressive co-operatives, art galleries, delis, restaurants and fine accommodation. Also for their collection of annual events such as the Hand-on Harvest, Whacky Wine Weekend, Robertson Slow and Wine on the River which draw thousands of enthusiastic oenophiles, amateur and other, to the Valley. Bubbly lovers should not pass Graham Beck by! In the area Mo and Rose at Soekershof and the Robertson Small Hotel have stolen the hearts of the treat seekers, with Pat Busch Private Nature Reserve doing the same for nature lovers. For a different perspective take a picnic at Viljoensdrift River Cruise or onboard the Breede River Goose is recommended, as is a meander around the largest hedge maze in the world and exploring the cacti and succulent garden at Sheilan. READ MORE