The Breede River Valley
Cost: from R3500pp
Excluded: meals, accommodation, wine tastings and any service not specified
Included: transport, guide
Meeting point: Pick up at the Cape Town International Airport or at a Hotel in Cape Town.
The Bain’s Kloof Pass is considered one of the most scenic route in South Africa with spectacular views of the mountains, river and the valley. Built by Andrew Geddes Bain in 1849 between Wellington and Ceres is about 27km long and 594 metres high. We will drive through the pass for about 1 hour and 30 minutes so relax and enjoy the wonderful view!
The settlement was established in 1854. It is an ideal place for the cultivation of deciduous fruits such as apples, peaches, pears and plums and most of them are exported to make fruit juices. In winter it is known as the ‘Switzerland of South Africa’ because the mountains are covered by snow and the peak of Matroosberg (2250m) attract skiers from all over the Country. Many galleries of San paintings are found in the northern entrance to Michell’s Pass in the Ceres Nature Reserve.
Ceres Zip Slide Adventures
Ceres Zipslide Adventures is one of the best in Africa situated on the R46 at the foot of Michell’s Pass. It consists of 8 different slides varying from 100-291m in length, with a total length of 1.4km; and the highest point is 40 metres above the ground.
This Eco-Adventure tour takes place in the Schurweberg Mountains below the Koekedouw Dam in Ceres. You will experience a picturesque view of the fynbos, mountains and citrus orchards that surround the scenic Ceres Valley. A lesson on the use of the harnesses and safety procedures will be given at the arrival by fully trained and experienced guides. The Tour will take roughly 90 minutes.
Die Tolhuis Bistro
The Restaurant was bought by a couple of journalists in 2009 who used to write for the Breede River Gazette and now they serve exquisite food for all tastes!
It is situated along the magnificent Michell’s Pass, surrounded by spectacular olive and almond trees. They offer delicious local specialities such as roosterkoek (a traditional bread)and melkkos (a milk dessert). It is a perfect lunch spot to experience the local cuisine of the region! They will prepare a set menu with the vegetarian option available as well. I quote ‘We bake a delicious chicken-mushroom pie in an enamel mug, served with chips and vegetables. Alternatively an Irish beef and beer pie (same baking method). We can add milk tart or koeksisters with coffee as puds’ Reint from Tolhuis Bistro
Bain’s kloof Pass
It was founded in 1851 on the farm Uitvlugt and named after the Colonial secretary John Montagu, who launched the first Cape Colony major road-building programme. Mixed farming which includes deciduous fruits, table grapes, wine and sheep is the main economic activity. It has several wine cellars and it is renowned for its muscadel wines.
Avalon Springs is attracting people from all over the world to experience this natural beauty. The springs date back to the 1700s, they became part of the Avalon Spring Spa Resort Hotel in 1982.
The water contains a number of minerals and other elements, which is believed to have healing properties.
We will visit the Avalon Hot Springs for about 2 hours.
Montagu Country Hotel
Situated along the scenic Route R62, it was built in 1875 and rebuilt after a fire in 1922 in a Victorian architecture style while the overall furniture is in Art Decó style.
All the rooms contains: air-Conditioning; television; hair dryer; telephone; coffee/tea facilities; en-suite bathroom with towels and toiletry amenities.
You can experience the healing power of the Montagu natural water of the Wellness Centre before having a massage to get the full benefit of the various treatments provided.
The Restaurant in Montagu Country Hotel
Dinner will be served at the Hotel in an informal style. The food is delicious and the traditional Karoo lamb pie is highly recommended.
Walking along Long Street in Montagu
14 of the 23 Cape Dutch/Georgian style buildings are found on Long street, the oldest and considered to be one of the most beautiful streets in the country.
This building has housed the administrative offices since its establishment in 1975 in the Old mission church of Neo-Gothic element and it was declared National Monument in 1976.
The main purpose is to conserve the historical and cultural heritage of Montagu and its people.
It is the oldest homestead in the town built in 1853, showing antique yellowwood and stinkwood furniture as well as a collection of handmade porcelain dolls.
MEDICINAL PLANT GARDEN
The medicinal plant garden contains more than 120 medicinal plants, which have been researched and visited by botanists and pharmacists from overseas and it is located just behind Joubert House.
Museum Café and Gallery (if time allows)
Lady Grey Restaurant
It is a village founded by Christopher Rigg in the late 19th century and it is well known for sherries, brandy, apricots, cheese and muscadel wines.
The museum is located in a little thatched building in the main road of Bonnievale and visitors have the pleasure to sip from a cup of coffee or tea while being taken back to the past. Oom Daantjie grew up in a farm and since childhood he was a collector of interesting things.
The picturesque village was founded in 1861 named after the Reverend Andrew McGregor, one of the ministers imported by the Dutch Reformed Church in the 19th century. Well known for its Bucolic Cape Dutch style of its houses, with white washed walls and thatched roofs. The economy is based on farming and tourism; the main products produced are white wines, deciduous fruit and muscadel wines.
Situated on top of Koningsrivier Hill, it overlooks the blue mountains and the beautiful valley with its luscious gardens. You can choose from their special selection of unique fusion of African and European food styles.
It is usually referred to as the ‘muscadel and brandy capital’ of South Africa or the ‘valley of wine and roses’ because of the many rose bushes found in private and public gardens.
The KWV brandy distillery is reputed one of the largest in the world.
The first brandy was distilled in 1938, nowadays they offer tour, tasting and delicious food. "To make our brandy we strip away everything that doesn't matter to get to the heart of what really does, liquid gold" (Klipdrift owner). Enjoy the atmosphere and the unique tasting experience of homemade brandy!
They have a wide range of wines from low budget to more expensive ones and the visit to the wine cellar is a must. You can taste 5 different wines! The guide will bring you around and share her/his knowledge of wine production during the tour in the cellar and you will have some time to purchase wine at very affordable price after the completion of the cellar tour.
Return to Cape Town International Airport or at a hotel
Estimated time of arrival is 20h00