Route 62

The scenic ‘Route 62’ is the historical road that passes from Ceres (the fruit area at the foot of the Cederberg Mountains) to Worcester and Robertson through the Breede River Valley and the Klein Karoo. It used to be the main link between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town before the N2 Highway was built in I958.

This scenic route has been rediscovered, and serves as a 70 km shorter option between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn. The route passes through 14 beautiful preserved towns and villages where time has stood still for 40 years. Worcester  on Route 60, where a visit to the Kleinplasie open-air museum portrays the lifestyle of the early pioneer farmers. The KWV Brandy Cellar, largest of its kind in the world, offers cellar tours and brandy tasting and will serve as a good introduction to the other smaller distilleries on the Brandy Route. The Robertson wine route forms part of the Breede River wine route which is reputed to be the longest wine route in the world.

Montagu at the heart of Route 62 and the start of the Klein Karoo, is a romantic village surrounded by majestic mountains. The village became famous for its healing, natural, hot springs and for the aphrodisiac quality of the water: The area is popular for its healthy dry climate, nature walks, 4X4 routes, cycling, country living and good fresh country cooking. Forget about having ‘your kicks on Route 66’ in the USA; rather enjoy the wine, brandy and views on Route 62, RSA! From Montagu and Bonnievale the Route 60 (an extension of Route 62) links back through a beautiful valley and pass to the N2 Highway and another historic Cape-Dutch town, Swellendam. From Swellendam it is an easy drive to the southern-most part of Africa, Cape Agulhas and the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Overberg. Drive back to Cape Town via the Hermanus.

Klein Karoo and – Great Karoo: The Langeberg Mountain range forms a natural barrier between the fertile farmlands of the Breede River valley and the sunburned rock garden of the Little Karoo. Fertile valleys are linked to the Garden Route on the one side and the ‘Groot Karoo’ on the other side by rugged, beautiful mountain passes such as the spectacular old “Seweweekspoort Pass”, the “Huisves Pass” and Schoemanspoort. 

Pass through the picturesque towns of Barrydale known for its Joseph Barry Potstil Brandy; Ladismith at the foot of the Swartberg mountain; and the historic mission stations of Amalienstein and Zoar where life goes on in the traditional way.  The lushness of Barrydale is definitely unexpected as you round the bend from the Ronnies Sex Shop side and descend down into the valley from the dry Karoo heights . Van Riebeek street outside the hotel can be awash with clamour and colourful language of the local farm workers on a pay day visit to town. 

Calizdorp, known as the ‘Port Wine Capital’ of South Africa, is also known as the succulent capital of South Africa: indeed, the ideal stopover for travellers wishing to enjoy all that the region has to offer. Naturally, this enjoyment starts with the seven wine cellars, famous for their Port wines that regularly win top local and international accolades.  While visiting the cellars for tasting of Port and fine red, white and dessert wines, visitors should keep their eyes peeled for the many examples of immaculately maintained old Georgian, Victorian, Cape Dutch and Karoo-style houses and prepare to be stunned by the beauty of the ubiquitous bougainvillea blooming on virtually every street corner of this quaint village.  Pride of the main street is the Dutch Reformed Church, Calitzdorp’s national monument, where building began in 1855.
The area is also renowned for its indigenous flora, especially the 500 species of succulents, 200 of which are found nowhere else on earth.

Oudtshoorn the capital of the Ostrich feather industry was the world centre for ostrich farming in Victorian times. Many grand houses (“feather palaces”) date from 1810 and are kept in pristine condition. Visit the Cango Caves – an enormous complex of caves where strange and wonderful shapes are formed by the stalactites and stalagmites and stretch deep into the Swartberg Mountains.

Prince Albert a peaceful village at the foot of the famous Swartberg Pass, an oasis in the dry Karoo, offers traditional Karoo hospitality. Streets are lined with water furrows along blooming gardens, and flourishing orchards. The town is an ideal spot for star-gazing and well-known for cheese, olives & wine. Continue east on Route 62 where the Kammanassie and the Kouga Mountain ranges flank the long fertile ‘Langkloof’ valley – one of South Africa’s oldest farming communities. This narrows down to a small valley in the shadow of the Ttsitsikamma Mountains as you make your way back to the coast and the N2 Highway to Port Elizabeth.

It is also possible to return to the coast from Oudtshoorn through the R328 and the scenic Robinson Pass to Mossel Bay or on the Outeniqua Pass to George, Wilderness lakes and Knysna.

Montagu Country Hotel

Montagu Country Hotel is situated between the Langeberg mountain ranges of the Western Cape with direct access to Route 62. The hotel is styled to take guests down memory lane to the 1930s with a modern touch. It offers an American Dream Car Tour as an exhilarating way of showcasing Montagu. Montagu Country Hotel has 29 stunning en-suite rooms and includes facilities such as the "Feathers and Flatcaps" Cocktail Lounge, an art gallery, the Charlestons restaurant, an activity centre, lush gardens as well as a conference centre. The hotel is the perfect getaway for relaxation and massages with an on-site wellness centre and spa.


Karoo Art Hotel

After a wobbly time leading into Covid and then an eventual total derailment, the Karoo Art Hotel, Barrydale, is gloriously back on track compliments of a radical redo under the baton of new owners and creative directors Rick and Sue Melvill.


De Zeekoe Guest Farm

De Zeekoe Guest Farm situated only 7km outside Oudtshoorn. De Zeekoe is a beautiful lusern farm surrounded by the famous Swartberg & Outeniqua Mountains, with a variety of activities for the whole family.
We offer a variety of luxurious en-suite rooms and self-catering options.


Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve

Solar powered luxurious game reserve situated 45 km outside Oudtshoorn. With the magnificent Swartberg Mountains as a backdrop and sweeping views out over the karoo fields, lies Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve.


Van Loveren Wine Estate

Van Loveren is South Africa’s biggest family owned winery. On offer at the elegant Tasting Room, wine tastings and an array of food & wine pairings. The winery caters for all with a wide range of activities such as do hiking trails, garden tours and cellars tours. The bistro at the Winery, Christina’s specializes on thin-crust wood-fired pizzas and homemade juicy burgers. Open 7 days a week with ample parking available.


@ Four Cousins

The Four Cousins range of wines has been a household name since 2000. Come visit the new home of the renowned brand. The family restaurant caters for all tastes with offerings such as wood fired pizzas and delectable house specialties. Enjoy the complete range of Four Cousins wines as well as craft beer. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of food and wine pairings, Boet Beer tasting and Whisky pairings. Come visit the most chilled spot in the valley, open 7 days a week.


Weltevrede Jonker Family Estate

Weltevrede is a family-owned wine estate in the Robertson Valley, South Africa. This family business was founded in 1912 with the oldest existing vineyard planted in 1926. The Weltevrede label was established as a wine brand in the 1940’s with official Weltevrede trademark registry in February 1950, making Weltevrede one of the oldest South African wine brands still owned and run by the same family. Over the years Weltevrede has become known for innovation.

Today, the tradition is carried out by the 4th generation owner and winemaker, Philip Jonker who has a particular passion for producing world class Chardonnay. The name ‘Weltevrede’ in Afrikaans means ‘Well satisfied’ or ‘to be content’ and this is the feeling we wish to leave with every customer who opens a bottle of Weltevrede wine.

Weltevrede is Chardonnay and Cap Classique only.


American Dream Cars

Add a roadtrip to your roadtrip:

The American Dream Car Tour offers a special way of showcasing Montagu, Route 62 and the surrounding areas. The fleet includes a 1956 Cadillac Sedan De Ville, and a 1964 Cadillac Sedan de Ville. Tours are chauffeur driven and start at Montagu Country Hotel in the centre of Montagu; at an hourly rate and accommodate up to four people (excluding the driver). The service is subject to availability. For a scenic drive along one of the world’s longest wine routes Route 62, sign up for an American Dream Cars Tour in Montagu.