Town of Breede River Valley
Witzenberg Valley Adventures in the Winelands - A great scenic getaway awaits you in the Cape Winelands only an hour and a half from Cape Town.
Our Witzenberg Valley includes the neighbouring towns of Wolseley, Ceres, Prince Alfred’s Hamlet and Tulbagh where you will find Alfa Apartments.
Closer to us are the towns of Worcester, Wellington, Paarl, Riebeek West, Riebeek Kasteel, Malmesbury, Porterville, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
Besides enjoying the spectacular views from almost anywhere in the valley, stoep sitting and stargazing there is a lot to be seen and done in what appears to be a sleepy hollow. One just needs to know what, where, why and how to get there. Ask the locals and see where they send you.
Wine, bubbly and olive tasting and shopping at award winning local estates in the area: Saronsberg, Rijk’s, House of Krone, Drostdyhof, Lemberg, Theuniskraal, Tulbagh Wine Cellar, Mountain Ridge Wines, Koelfontein and Waverleys Hills are only some of the estates to visit.
Good restaurants and coffee shops are plentiful and most have their own unique dishes, settings and views. The Olive Terrace Bistro at the Tulbagh Hotel, The Belgian Kitchen, Readers, Rijk’s Country House, Harvest Table Bistro, Waverley Hills, The Tolhuis, De Kreeft Stamkafee, Kuierbossie, Bush Pub, Die Houtkewer, Village Guesthous Restauant, Eden Restaurant and Coffee Shop, Ceres Cafe and Die Pink Lady are a few to choose from.
Mountain bike routes on farms and through forestry area. Permits available at the local tourism offices, Friendly 7 in Wolseley and the Tulbagh Shell Garage.
Cycle hire can also be organised if need be.
Various horse-riding and pony trails with Horse About – foodless rides, brunch, picnic, wine-tasting, sun-downer or full moon trails for all levels and all ages of riders from – a real family outing or a really romantic life changing event. With Tulbagh being a great wedding venue destination it is quite appropriate that many brides have been proposed to while on a trail organised by Horse About.
Walks and hikes include a short fynbos trail at Waverley Hills, a waterfall hike at Cape Nature Tulbagh, a 4 or 10km mountain hike at Murludi Fruit Farm and a leisurely stroll down historical Church Street in Tulbagh with its Cape Dutch architecture. A stroll through Wolseley to see the old fashioned lei water system still in operation and the watershed is also something to consider doing. Blockhouses from the Anglo Boer war can be seen just outside Wolseley and one can make an appointment for a tour if you are intrigued enough to want to see the interior of one. All good places to unpack your picnic basket.
Fynbos Guest Farm allow children and adults the opportunity to visit and feed their wonderful array of farmyard animals – by appointment only. Fairly tame Emus, pot belly pigs, goats, springbok, sheep, donkeys, horses, poultry and llamas make up the happy family.
An experience everyone should enjoy at least once is the longest zip-slide in Africa – Ceres Zipslides.
Interesting shopping and browsing stops are Crystal Cave for crystal treasures, local art, gifts and a wide range of succulents and cacti, Tulbagh Nursery, Waverley Hills Fynbos Nursery, The Farmyard Honey Factory, Moniki Chocolatier, Wolseley Elro Furniture and Gifts, Het Land van Waveren Gifts, Readers Cat Lovers Gift Shop, Tarzan Shoe Factory and Lizards Gift Shop, Tulbagh Dried Fruit, Baba’s Jem, Baie Bargains Secondhand and Antique shop, Iets van Als Antiques, Anthony Silberberg Fine Art Gallery and Antiques.
Museums lovers can choose between the Togryers Museum, the Oude Kerk Volksmuseum and Annexes and the Oude Drostdy Museum.
Scenic drives in the area include Bainskloof, Nuwekloof, Michells Pass, Gydo Pass, Bo Swaarmoed and Theronsberg mountain passes.
Happenings in the valley include regular concerts and musical performances at Saronsberg Theatre - De Kreeft Stamkafee, Seasonal cherry picking, Cherry Festival, fig picking and orchard picnics, Tulbagh Horse Show and Wild Flower Exhibition, Hackney Pony Show, De Oude Drostdy Christmas Market, Christmas in Winter Festival, Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival, Monthly Country Markets, Castle Rock Beer Festival and playing in the snow.
Things we haven’t tried yet but that are available are fishing for bass and carp on private farms, 4 x 4 trails, paintball, golf and social bowls. There is a good day spa and various therapists in the area for those wishing to be pampered.
Most accommodation establishments should be able to forward you a list of local activities with contact details should you need more detailed information about exploring our beautiful valley.
Warm welcome in the Valley of Wine & Roses! - Robertson is an attractive town in the Cape Winelands with Victorian buildings, jacaranda-lined streets and vineyards bordered with rose bushes.
Along with its wines, there is a variety of attractions, activities, accommodation, and culinary delights. This and the awesome scenery and hospitality make it a superb getaway. Don't miss the festivals: Wacky Wine Weekend, Hands on Harvest, Wine on the River, Robertson Slow and the Jacaranda Festival.
Carlos Araujo South Africa