Cape Route 62 is the tourist route in the Western and Eastern Cape, South Africa that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Langkloof and Port Elizabeth. Also known as the Wine Route, Route 62 leads through the wine-growing areas of Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and the Klein Karoo and is thus one of the longest wine routes in the world.
Although Route 62 spans a distance of 850 km from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, we only did half the route as we wanted to go onto the Garden Route after Oudtshoorn. There are also lots of wineries along the route and we only managed to visit a few in a day. We can’t really drink too much as we were taking turns to drive as well. The most ideal situation is for us to stay in a location for a few days and then do visits to all wineries in the area OR just join a wineries tour so that we dont have to worry about drink driving.
The plan was to travel along Route 62 for 2 days and 2 nights before we head south to join the Garden Route, along N2 Highway.
Below are the highlights on Wine Route.
We selected a few wineries to visit which is along the route we have to travel. I cant remember now how exactly we choose which one to go to as there are soooo many of them. I remember we had a visitor map and just randomly select a few and also some were recommended by locals. Below are the places we tried wine tasting.
The Cango Caves are located in Precambrian limestones at the foothills of the Swartberg range near the town of Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Although the extensive system of tunnels and chambers go on for over four kilometers, only about a quarter of this is open to visitors, who may proceed into the cave only in groups supervised by a guide. The caves contain spectacular halls and grand limestone formations as well as some rather small passages which can only be visited by joining the Adventure Tour.
We joined the standard tour and was informed that the caves used to host classical concerts. This ended when it was evident that the visitors have been stealing stalactites and stalagmites and damaging the caves. Now they only allow visitor to visit the caves through the guided tours.
Safari Ostrich Farm, Oudtshoorn
Our holiday in South Africa will never be complete if we didn’t visit an ostrich farm. With the recommendation from our hostel, we headed to Safari Ostrich Farm to look at ostrich and also to try out some ostrich meat. Luckily we didn’t have to wait too long before the next tour plus we were also able to order an ostrich steak set lunch.
The tour explained every aspect of ostrich farming, from breeding to rearing. The tour starts in the breeding camp, with a nest of ostrich eggs, where the first stage of the ostrich life cycle is explained. We had the opportunity to test the strength of the eggs by standing on them. I’ve done this before in my previous visit, so Dav took the opportunity to test the egg and no it didnt break. 🙂
Besides that Dav also got to sit AND ride on an ostrich. The riding was very fast and quite funny to watch. The tour ended with an “Ostrich Derby” where local jockeys display their riding skills. It was a very entertaining and educational tour.
After the tour we had a yummy ostrich steak for lunch. What a good way to end our visit.
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