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  • What's so famous about Route 62?

    Posted by Werner Smit February 12, 2014 - 53,222 views - 0 comments - 1 like


    Cape Route 62 is a very well-known tourist route in the Western Cape and goes right through to the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The route meanders between Cape Town, Robertson and Oudtshoorn to the Langkloof and all the way to Port Elizabeth, offering tourists a shorter and more scenic experience along the garden route. This magnificent route offers beautiful landscapes surrounded by endless mountains and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora and tourists can enjoy many stopovers along the route and purchase from small village shops of almost any produce and gifts of the area. The Western Cape offers some of the best wine routes in the world and the Cape Route 62 is one of the longest wine routes in South Africa. Some of the world’s best wines are produced in this area and outstanding quality exported annually. 



    Travellers can expect to see a number of small towns and villages along the route and I always enjoy stopping for a quick coffee or purchasing some wine along the route and chatting to the locals. The towns and villages are easily accessible and each with its own identity and unique feel when visited. There are a number of different wineries, game reserves, art galleries and museums on the route, but it also offers activities such as hiking trails, excellent 4x4 routes, canoeing, horse riding and fishing for those wanting to stay a bit longer. This scenic tourist route passes through a very important agricultural region of the Cape and many farming towns such as Calitzdorp, Ladismith and the fruit growing and wine producing towns of Barrydale, Montagu, Ashton, Bonnievale, Robertson, McGregor and Worcester.  The Langkloof closer to the southern region is also a very quiet and peaceful landscape to pass through towards Port Elizabeth.



    What makes Route 62 really special is the fact that it is a route very much off the beaten track and not a very busy road when driving from Cape Town to George or Mosselbay. Most farm stalls and curio shops on route are open all year round and the climate in the area is always pleasant with warm summers and cooler winters, with rain occasionally. It is a very safe, but adventurer’s route to drive with cell phone reception and emergency services almost everywhere available and travellers should not be concerned about their personal security when travelling. The locals are very friendly and eager to both assist and entertain passing travellers and keen to share some knowledge of the area.



    If you are travelling from abroad to South Africa and visiting the Cape region, I would definitely advise you to plan your trip for a couple of days more and take the journey on the Route 62. Most foreign visitors choose to rent their own vehicles in order to view and experience everything on route in their own time, but there are a number of well equipped and knowledgeable tour operators who will make the journey even more interesting for you.