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The fertile Breede River Valley is ringed with majestic mountains and offers magnificent views, lush orchards and vineyards and crystal clear mountain air. This is one of the most fertile farming areas in South Africa producing peaches, pears, apples and grapes. There are plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts and picturesque villages offering musuems, art and craft galleries and delicious home cooked food. The area is also home to more than 30 excellent wine estates forming the Robertson Wine Route.
McGregor - 1 1/2 hours drive from Cape Town
McGregor has become a weekend retreat and haven for artists in recent years and now offers a colourful selection of art galleries, guesthouses and quaint restaurants. This 19th century town with its whitewashed cottages and Victorian houses offers wonderful opportunities for walking and hiking, birdwatching and fishing on the banks of the Breede River. Enjoy wine tasting at one of the nearby wine estates.
Ceres - 1 1/2 hours drive from Cape Town
Ceres is named after the Roman goddess of fertility and the region is one of South Africa's most important fruit growing areas. The town can be reached by one of three scenic mountain passes and the area offers plenty of outdoor activities, 4x4-ing, freshwater fishing and fruit and cherry picking in season. There is plenty of accommodation on offer from quaint and cosy B&B's to self-catering farm cottages.
Montagu - 2hrs drive from Cape Town
Set in a fertile valley, Montagu is well known for its hot mineral springs. The valley is ringed with beautiful mountains providing opportunities for walking, hiking and mountain biking. There are also many historic buildings and good examples of Cape Dutch architecture. This is an important fruit growing region producing a sweet variety of grapes used for Muscadel wines.
Tulbagh - 80 minutes from Cape Town
The picturesque main street in Tulbagh is home to 32 historical buildings - the highest concentration in the country. Many of the buildings were severely damaged in an earthquake in 1969, but have been restored in an extensive restoration project. Home to many local artists, the town offers a wine route, olive tasting, spectacular mountains for outdoor activities including horseriding and plenty of excellent accommodation.
Worcester - 80 minutes from Cape Town
The main commercial hub of the Breede River Region, Worcester is also a wine producing area and home to the KWV Brandy Cellar - the largest of its kind in the world. The Karoo National Botanical Garden is Africa's only true succulent garden and at the Kleinplasie Open Air Museum experience a glimpse into days past where bread and candles are still made in the traditional way. There are also art galleries, museums and elegant Cape Dutch architecture to be seen. Plenty of outdoor activities, watersports, trout fishing and golf are also on offer.
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> Many of the Breede River Valley towns are within easy driving distance of one another. Choose to stay in one town, and make day trips to the others.
> Stay in Montagu and take a scenic drive to Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson.
> The Robertson Wine Route includes wine estates such as Ashton Cellar, Goedverwacht, Springfield and Zandvliet. All offer excellent wines at good prices.