The Breede River Valley is without a doubt one of the most picturesque regions in South Africa. Stretching all the way from Gouda to McGregor, and Montagu to the Karoo, this fruit and wine producing valley became extremely popular, attracting visitors from all over. And with good reason. Whether you are just passing through on Route 62, or planning a weekend of activities, you are in for a treat.
Join me as I explore the Breede River Valley in all of its glory:
Cruise on the Breede River at Viljoensdrift
What pairs well with a snack basket and a bottle of bubbly? A sunset cruise on the Breede River of course! Viljoensdrift Wines, between Robertson and Bonnievale, offers you the full riverside experience. On arrival you are welcomed with a free wine tasting, after which you can fill up your picnic basket at their deli. Throw in a bottle Viljoensdrift wine or two, and you are all set for the 1-hour meander along the river.
The cruise comes in at a mere R80 for adults, and R20 for kids between 3-12 years old. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Attend a wine festival
If you’re bummed about missing out on the recent Wine on the River festival, you will be happy to hear that there’s no shortage of events in this valley. From Wacky Wine Weekend and the Slow Food & Wine Festival in Robertson and all the way to Soetes & Sop in Rawsonville, you’re bound to have a full social calendar in 2019.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the 2019 event dates of the following festivals and never miss out on the fun again:
- Wacky Wine weekend in May
- Soetes & Sop in July
- Slow Food & Wine Festival in August
- Wine on the River in October
For more updates on upcoming events, visit robertsonwinevalley.com
Spend the weekend at Tanagra Guest Farm in McGregor
Situated on the famous Route 62, Tanagra really has it all. Treat yourself to a peaceful getaway in the countryside and stay in one of their private cottages, while enjoying their fresh farm produce and handcrafted wine. If you’ve had your fair share of wine in the area, why not try their very own Grappa or Eau de Vie? This idyllic farm is surrounded by rolling vineyards, wild fynbos and glorious mountains – any birds watchers paradise.
Challenge yourself on one of the famous hiking trails in Montagu
Besides the hot springs and dried fruits, Montagu is well-known as the hiker’s paradise of the Breede River Valley. Ranging from a mere 2,2 kilometers all the way to a whopping 15,6 kilometer hike, rest assured that you will find a trail that suit your needs. Don’t forget your camera, as the area boasts a large selection of fauna and flora.
Try one of these hiking trails while you’re in Montagu:
Bloupunt Hiking Trail (15,6 km)
Aasvoëlkraans Hiking Trail (3,2 km)
Cogmanskloof Hiking Trail (12,1 km)
Badskloof Trail (2,2 km)
With the Breede River Valley just short of an hour’s drive from Cape Town, there’s no reason not to plan your getaway to this dream-like countryside. Have you explored the Breede River Valley? Tell us about your favourite experience in the comments below.