Experience Route 62 in its full glory
Good food, good wine and good people

 

Route 62 is the tourist route, that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route and Port Elizabeth, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway. It's an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and the abundance of trees and indigenous flora - all contribute to making the Breede River Valley and the Klein Karoo two of the Western Cape's most diverse regions.

The ever changing colors of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as the multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure whether this is in the physical sense or simply a kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility. Innovation and pride, combined with a terrain and mild climate that are harmoniously balanced, results in the prominence of our region's wines. Route 62 will take you along the longest wine route in the Western Cape and most likely the whole world.

The easily accessible towns, nestled along the valleys, all offer ample opportunity for discovery. From visits to wineries and game reserves, tribal art, cultural tours, museums and for the more adventurous: hiking trails and mountain climbing, 4x4 routes, canoeing, horse riding, even ostrich riding, fishing and caving...Route 62 is an exciting experience, even for the well-traveled. And when you are tired after a long day's travel, you can even unwind in one of the region's invigorating hot-springs, revel in luxury or relax in rustic tranquility.

Route 62 prompts associations with the legendary by way, Route 66, connecting the urban and rural communities between Chicago and Los Angeles.

In 1926 the inter regional link, Route 66, between Chicago and Los Angeles, was established as one of America's main east-west arteries, providing small towns access to a major national thoroughfare.

In the same manner ROUTE 62 links Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, this scenic route passes through farming towns such as Calitzdorp, Ladismith, historic Amalienstein, Zoar and the fruit growing and wine producing towns of Barrydale, Montagu, Ashton, Bonnievale, Robertson, McGregor, Worcester, Ceres, Wolseley and Tulbagh.

Ironically, the public lobby, for rapid mobility and improved highways, that gave Route 66 it's enormous popularity in earlier decades also signaled its demise beginning in the mid 1950's. Route 66 was replaced by a national highway, which caused a severe decrease in traffic. This greatly affected the smaller towns' economy along the route, whose survival depended on the vast majority of travelers. With the completion of the N2 highway in 1958, Route 62 suffered the same fate. Even though the villages on this route have been in hibernation for more than 40 years, they have been beautifully preserved they are all situated in very wealthy farming communities.

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WINE ESTATES ON ROUTE 62

R62 Brandy Route

Breedekloof 

Klein Karoo Wine Route

 

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