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    Posted by Werner Smit February 11, 2014 - 1,828 views - 0 comments - 1 like - #Karoo  #ceres  #western cape  #tankwa  #snow  #cherry  #fruit 



    Western Cape’s Garden of Eden

    Ceres is a small town only a 150 km’s from Cape Town, located at the north-eastern entrance to Mitchell's Pass and was the old route north between Cape Town and Johannesburg, which was later replaced by the N1 highway. The valley around Ceres is an extremely fertile area and many large export quality fruit are produced here annually and the town was named after Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture. Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, it can be said that Ceres is the gateway to the Cederberg area in the north and the famous Route 62 in the south.

    The Ceres area offers a number of activities and attractions to visitors such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, San Rock art sites, 4x4 and birding. Cherry picking is also a very popular activity during December and January each year and the town also attracts a large number of visitors during July and August for a winter snow wonder, as it is one of the very few areas in South Africa to be able to experience “snow in Africa”.


    Before time
    San Rock art paintings and engravings can be found all over the Ceres Valley, the Koue Bokkeveld and the open plains of the Tankwa Karoo, as these areas were first inhabited by the San and Khoi thousands of years ago and some only left the area only about 30 years ago.

    Wine and dine
    The Ceres region offers a wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and grills and guests can enjoy a variety of real South African cuisine in the form of oxtail potjie, curried tripe & trotters, Sunday lunch buffets, minted lamb chops and many more. The town offers a very quiet nightlife and is ideal for visitors wanting to experience a real country village feeling in the mountains.

    Relax and stay over
    Affordable and luxury accommodation is available and true Cape Winelands hospitality will be experience as he valley offers a wide variety of accommodations in the form of luxury game reserves, nature reserves, guesthouses, bed & breakfasts, self-catering units, farm stays and cottages and various camp sites.