When travelling from Cape Town to the Garden Route, Route 62 makes for a very interesting alternative. Starting at Worcester just off the N1, the road is often much quieter than the N2 and winds it's way through mountain ranges and past fruit orchards with beautiful views at every turn until you reach the ostrich oasis of Oudtshoorn.
Along the way there are sweet small towns to explore, home-baked farmstall goodies to taste and plenty of wineries to enjoy - this being the "longest wine route in the world"
But it's not all about the drive, when you need to stretch your legs or make the holiday start from the moment you begin your journey then you might like this list of Things to do on Route 62...
1. Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, Worcester
the backdrop of the Hex River Mountain Range, lies a unique garden
that cultivates and displays plants from all the arid and semi-arid regions of
southern Africa. Only 11 of the 154 hectares are cultivated and the
remaining area is comprised of natural vegetation with two hiking
trails, the 1km Shale trail and 3.4km Grysbokkie trail. Guided tours of
the collections and/or garden can be arranged for groups. The garden is home to a fascinating succulent collection and is the ideal setting for picnics, bird-watching or enjoying a meal at
the Kokerboom Restaurant. There is also a nursery that stocks indigenous
Spring is the most popular time to visit the garden when the annuals and vygies (mesembs) are in flower.
Open daily from 07h00 – 20h00
Tel: 023 347 0785
2. Die Kloof Padstal, Montagu
This well known farm stall and restaurant has a beautiful view over the river and across to the Bloupunt mountains making for a great lunchtime stop over. There is great play area for kids and a donkey cart available for rides! Stock up on a wide assortment of homemade South African favourites. Die Kloof Padstal is located at 1 Long Street in the 1st building on right as you enter Montague from Cape Town.
Tel: 023 614 2209
3. Ronnies Sex Shop, near Barrydale
Ronnie's Sex Shop has had visitors from all over the world, judging by
the graffiti on it's wall. Over the years it has become a popular pitstop for bikers, local
farmers and people travelling Route 62 regularly. The story of how the name came into being is now local legend. Ronnie painted the name Ronnie's Shop on this cottage next to the R62, planning to open a farm stall to sell fresh produce and fruit. His friends played a prank on him by changing the name to Ronnie's Sex Shop. Initially angry about the involuntary name change, he left the name and continued fixing the dilapidated building. One evening while enjoying a few beers and couple of chops on the braai with friends, someone suggested "Why don't you just open a pub?"And the rest is history!
Tel: 028 572 1153
4. Gallery Route 62, Calitzdorp
In the quaint village of Calitzdorp is Gallery Route 62. Situated at 16 Queen Street, it was once a trading store back in the 1860s, but has since been restored and is now a gallery and coffee shop. It houses a variety of art works by both established and local artists who express their passion for the Klein Karoo in oils, acrylic, ceramics and watercolour.
The gallery is continuously obtaining more artworks and craft items, so pop in to enjoy a relaxed cup of coffee, some delicious homemade fare and of course to admire the fine works on display.
Open Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm.
Tel: 044 2133227 --- Mobile: 082 8714 611
5. Calitzdorp Spa
Calitzdorp Spa is situated about 19.5km from the small town of Calitzdorp. Well known for its healing powers, people come from all over the world to relax in the warm waters.
Tel: 044 213 3371
6. Elephant Feeding Experience at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, Oudtshoorn
An elephant experience at Buffelsdrift just outside Oudtshoorn offers an opportunity to interact with 3 enormous
elephants. Get to know these gentle giants by name and personality in a unique way. Feed them fruit via the trunks and tongues, feel the texture of their skin, scratch behind their ears
and sit on an elephant’s knee!
Tel: 044 272 0106
We hope you're feeling inspired to take the scenic route on your next holiday... and stop along the way to enjoy some of these fun activities along Route 62