Klein Karoo & Route 62 Map
Welcome to Route 62, South Africa - the alternative tourist route between the South Africa’s Western Cape and Eastern Cape. This scenic route wanders lazily between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, and from the Langkloof to Port Elizabeth. Although the route itself is shorter than the N2 highway, the pace is relaxed, and most people take the opportunity to enjoy exploring the interesting towns en route, making the journey an experience in itself rather than simply a way to get from A to B. Based at one of our benchmarked accommodation establishments at any of the following Route 62 travel destinations you can venture into the surrounding landscape of mountains and valleys, discovering places of interest so often missed on more hurried travels. You should definitely look out for Barrydale, Calitzdorp, De Rust, Ladismith, Montagu, Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert and Schoemanspoort, all places where Portfolio offers Klein Karoo Route 62 guest houses, farm stays and B&Bs. In fact, wherever your Klein Karoo and Route 62 travels take you, Portfolio can guide you to the best, quality and luxury accommodation.
Known as the Gateway to the Overberg and Klein Karoo. Good weather is standard for most of the year, with just a touch of frost in winter. Wine and brandy lovers will enjoy sampling locally produced refreshments. A myriad of shops, cafés and galleries have sprung up along the Route 62 at Barrydale, well worth a stop to shop.
This picturesque Klein Karoo town is in a fertile valley which was once, amazingly, a lake. The surrounding region was inhabited by the San and Khoi people whose artwork is still visible in caves in the area.
A small roadside hamlet, between Oudtshoorn and Meiringspoort, come to De Rust to wander between vineyards and fruit trees, hike through in the mountains, encounter ostriches and ancient species of beetles and enjoy delectable dessert wines produced in the region – especially the award-winning port. De Rust has a fine collection homes and buildings of unspoilt rural architectural styles – from Cape Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian to present day. Cafés and galleries abound.
Affectionately called the Lady of the Karoo, Ladismith lies in the shadow of the fascinating split mountain peak, Towerkop. According to legend, a witch smote the peak in a rage as she flew over it, because it obstructed her way – hence the unusual shape of the mountain. Visit the popular Towerkop cheese factory to sample and buy.
Steeped in history and famous for its other-worldly rock formations, lush orchards and vineyards and healing hot mineral springs. Montagu is home to a medicinal museum and boasts many examples of original Cape Dutch architecture.
Ride an ostrich, explore the world-famous Cango Caves or take a hot-air balloon ride through the still morning air at sunrise.
Set in the semi-arid Karoo, yet surprisingly fertile thanks to the mountain streams flowing down from the Swartberg Mountains. Beautifully preserved Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings of the village attract visitors year after year.
A picturesque, tranquil and unspoilt ‘dorp’ (village) between Oudtshoorn and the Cango Caves, Schoemanspoort is dominated by a tall church spire and surrounded by fertile farmlands and solid whitewashed farmhouses sprinkled along the Grobbelaars River.