Route 62

When travelling from Cape Town to the Garden Route, why not skip South Africa’s N2 national highway and opt instead for Route 62. This incredibly scenic road trip takes you through the wine-growing areas of Wellington and Robertson, over spectacular mountain passes and across the semi-desert plains of the Klein Karoo.

Driving Route 62, you’ll pass through many small and inviting towns. Visit wineries along the Breede River Valley, go brandy tasting, stock up on tasty treats at farm stalls, stop in at a museum or two, and enjoy a guided tour of Oudsthoorn’s ostrich show farms. For the more adventurous there are hiking trails, 4×4 and mountain climbing routes, canoeing, horse riding, fishing, and caving.

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Highlights in Route 62

  • Wine tasting on one of the longest wine routes in the world
  • Picnic river cruise at Viljoensdrift Wine Estate in Robertson
  • Stop in at amazing restaurants, coffee shops and farm stalls
  • Visit local galleries, as the area is known for its artists
  • Spend a few days on safari at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
  • Go on the adventure tour of the vast Cango Caves
  • Take in the spectacular views as you drive the Swartberg Pass
  • Set off at sunrise to meet the meerkats of the Klein Karoo

Featured Accommodation

Dwyka Tented Lodge

Seated at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountain Range in the heart of South Africa’s Little Karoo, Sanbona pays tribute to the San people who made this arid environment their home for centuries. Embraced by striking rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge epitomises an atmosphere of seclusion. With 9 luxury tents,…

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The Robertson Small Hotel

The Robertson Small Hotel is the only 5-star accommodation in Robertson, a small winelands town on South Africa’s Route 62. This lovely boutique hotel has 10 rooms: Manor House Suites, Poolside Suites, and Stable Suites – which overlook a second private swimming pool. After exploring nearby wine estates, pretty towns…

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Rosenhof Country House

Rosenhof is a lovely country hotel with bungalow-style accommodation set around a grassy courtyard and beautiful rose gardens. The 12 rooms all have air conditioning, underfloor heating and a patio; and for added privacy pick one of the two Executive Suites which each have their own garden and swimming pool….

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Schoone Oordt Country House

Schoone Oordt is housed in a striking Victorian Manor House in Swellendam, about a 2-hour drive from Cape Town. This charming boutique hotel has eight Luxury Rooms, a family cottage and a tucked-away honeymoon suite. Dinners are served in the Conservatory restaurant, and on chilly evenings a fire is lit…

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Hazyview and White River both make…

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