Cape Route 62 is the scenic route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It’s the meandering alternative to the snappy N2 coastal highway.
Winding through magnificent landscapes and historical towns, Route 62 leads you by the hand to explore in every sense the hidden gems that South Africa has to offer. Breathtaking mountain edifices, towering cliffs, and expansive horizons that will make your heart want to burst with love for this country...
Cape Route 62 offers an unforgettable adventure.
Departing from Cape Town, head to Paarl, South Africa’s third oldest town. See the 2nd largest granite outcrop in the world, and marvel at the giant oaks. Paarl’s Main Road stretches on for 12km, making it the longest in the country! Visit the Taal Monument atop Paarl Mountain and celebrate the birth of the Afrikaans language while taking in some extraordinary views. Just outside Paarl one will find Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela spent his last years of imprisonment and took the first steps in his walk to freedom. Spend a summer afternoon sipping wine in the shade, or huddle around the fireplace during the rainy winter months (sipping wine, of course!)
Hit the road again to discover famous Boland hospitality in Wellington. Explore the quaint and compact Wellington Wine Route. The excellent soils and climate of the region make for some notable wines, and wine lovers can meet the winemakers personally and enjoy their wines in a friendly and informal atmosphere.
Stay overnight on a farm in nature-loving Wolseley before heading out towards more Wine Tasting in Tulbach.
Ceres will welcome you to its fertile valleys. Here you’ll taste some of the best fruit South Africa has to offer.
Worcester is the economic hub of the world’s longest wine route and offers the visitor ample activities from 4x4 routes, trout fishing, horse riding, and golf courses, to canoeing, hiking, biking and mountaineering trails. There are local arts and crafts to delight in, and yesteryear’s architecture to adore. Be sure to savour the region’s award winning wines and fantastic local cuisine.
Although best known for its wine, Robertson offers the traveller a variety of attractions and activities. Considered the most picturesque Cape Wineland town, Robertson is nestled in the shadow of the majestic Langeberg Mountains and seduces the visitor with Victorian architecture and jacaranda-lined streets.
Stay over in McGregor for some much needed self-reflection. This village of whitewashed cottages and untamed gardens is lost in time and you may never want to leave.
From Bonnievale, The Valley of Cheese and Wine, head to Ashton, where a variety of adventure awaits. Montagu, the gateway between Route 62 and the Klein Karoo is famous for its awe-inspiring rock formations, orchards, vineyards, local herbs and healing hot springs.
Be sure to find yourself in Barrydale, where the lush and fertile Tradauw Valley on the one side contrasts with the stark and semi-arid Klein Karoo on the other. Stop for a cold beer at Ronnie’s Sex Shop and meet colourful locals and friendly foreigners.
Witness the bewitching split peak of Towerkop in Ladismith, which looks beguilingly different from every angle. After a visit to elegant Calitzdorp, make your way to Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital of the world. Explore the Swartberg Mountains from Prince Albert, a village known for its sun-ripened figs and apricots.
De Rust can be found en-route to the Garden Route, its most notable attraction being Meiringspoort – an incredible passageway of towering red cliffs which cut dramatically through the heart of the Swartberg Mountains.
Uniondale is home to more than just the tragic figure of the notorious Uniondale Ghost. This historical town is well worth a visit.
Reigned over by the Tzitzikamma Mountains, Joubertina is the heart of the Honeybush Tea industry. Visit during August when the fragrant and charming Langkloof Blossom Festival is held.
Oyster Bay is a hideaway gem along one of South Africa’s most beautiful coastlines. Just up the road pop into Cape St. Francis for some fantastic calamari. Jeffrey’s Bay is famous for big waves, and attracts international surfers year round to ride the “best right hand point break in the world!”
Conclude your Route 62 adventure in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth.
Before your journey officially ends, there is plenty to see and do in Nelson Mandela Bay to surprise and delight you. Whether your interests lie in wild life or sea life, this relaxed city offers you malaria-free access to The Big 5, or close encounters with seals, dolphins and ragged tooth sharks in the bay.
Relax on a blue-flag beach during the day and put on your dancing shoes when the sun goes down.
Agriculture to history, business and adventure, to culture and cuisine... Nelson Mandela Bay is an exciting destination and a perfect end to your journey along Route 62!