Independent, impartial reviews of Tulbagh from SafariNow users
My wife, 16-month-old boy, and I found Tulbagh a great retreat. We mainly focused on the Wine Route. We managed to relax at every corner, the town is clean and found the people very friendly. With the newly built road, it is easy to get to. We will visit again.
02 April 2013
Please remember that the wineries closes early on saturdays and NONE are open on sundays in this area.
03 January 2013
Marc van Lanen
Very quiet beautifull valley with many good wineries.
Top attractions for me were biking around from wine farm to winefarm.
Some great restaurants (try the Bobotie at Readers!!) and Church street is like walking in a museum. Also nice hike to the waterfall (10 minute hike) or at the Murludi estate (4 or 10 km).
Will be back!
05 November 2012
Barend Van Staden
Will definitely be back!!!
Barend & Cobie van Staden
22 August 2012
I booked my mother and father into the Tulbagh HOtel, and they had a wonderful stay there, the staff when above and beyond. I need to send them an urgent letter and the reception lady Lindi was sweet and made sure my family got the urgent message. My parents loved their stay and till today and send all my friends and family to stay with them! Thank you Tulbagh! You guys are amazing!
17 August 2012
Mandy de Jager
Tulbagh - the beautiful village only one and a half hour's drive from Cape Town. Our forefathers called it "Het Land Van Waveren" - the land of the waves. Waves you might ask? We are nowhere near the sea! What they saw when trekking over the mountains was this valley where the long grass blew in the wind and looked like "waves". Reader's Restaurant today is situated in the premises which were the original "Readers House". In those days many people could not read and so, when mail arrived, they would take it to the readers house for it to be read to them.
Church street was compleyely destroyed during the earthquake in the 60's and restored exactly as it had been before. Visit the museam to read the history of the quake and the re-building process. A slow meander along Church street looking at all the old houses (the longest street where every building is a national monument).
A stay in tulbagh deserves more than one night. We boast at least seven wedding venues but don't rush in for the wedding and leave straight afterwards. It may look like a sleepy village but there is much to do in the area.
Some of the best wines are grown here. Visit De Oude Drosty where you can not only taste wine but also view the beautiful old buildings which were the seat of the first magistrate in the Western Cape. The antiques on view are also delightful. Other wine estates such as Theuniskraal and Saronsberg are also worth a visit.
For the more adventurous there are many mountain biking trails on farms and in the mountains. A short drive from town and you can also do hore riding trails. A drive to Ceres, passing Waverley Hills (organic wines, restaurant, indeginous plant nursery and walking trails) a good place for lunch. If you prefer to stop for a light meal or tea, Die Tolhuis on Mitchell's Pass is a good place to stop. For the adrenalin junkies, Ceres boats the longest zip slide in the country.
There are many places to stay in and around Tulbagh. In town you will find B&B, self-catering as well as the Hotel. Within a few kilometres of town there is a wide variety of farm accommodation.
So, when next you plan a trip to Tulbagh, stay an extra night or three. We may not have a "shopping experience" but we have beautiful mountains, crisp air in winter and hot days in summer, lots of wonderful wine, places to stretch your legs or just move around at a slower pace and drink it all in. A spa visit can also be arranged if you feel like a body massage or some equaly sublime pampering. You will leave feeling refreshed and inspired to visit again.
17 August 2012
The historic country town of Tulbagh is situated only an hour and a half’s drive north of Cape Town, set in a beautiful landscape and famous for its heritage and magnificent country living. Tourists are actively welcomed by warm and friendly local people; the valley is a formidable wedding and conference location with all the facilities to make for a memorable experience. Tulbagh was founded when the Dutch Colonial Government made land grants to Dutch and Huguenot settlers in 1658; the town developed slowly and over time but many notable Cape Dutch, Victorian and Edwardian houses were built in the valley.
On the 29th of September 1969, the quietness of night was shattered by tremendous explosive sounds followed by a gigantic roaring, rumbling noise rolling forward like the waves of a stormy sea. The mountains surrounding Tulbagh resembled a city of lights as falling rocks acted like flints on the tinder-dry vegetation and started fires.
Post the 1969 earthquake every historic home in Church Street was painstakingly restored to its original glory. These 32 buildings now constitute the largest concentration of National Monuments in a single street in South Africa and is a major tourist attraction of the town to the present day.
Tulbagh is beautiful in every season of the year. In winter the mountains are snow capped and the valley a lush green, during spring the wildflowers and orchards are in full bloom, summer shows vineyards against the backdrop of blue mountains rising on every side and autumn brings the bounty of harvest in the rich colours of nature's palette.
For a small village there are an extraordinary number of restaurants in and around Tulbagh to choose from, their offerings range from traditional Cape Country to Continental Mediterranean cuisines. Enjoy a meal in the special ambience of an historic building, relax in a shady garden or on a terrace with breathtaking views.
Visitors may enjoy a wide range of excellent wines, produced by the various estates and private cellars, which have received a string of national and international accolades. Tulbagh has always been innovative in its approach to wine making, with Twee Jonge Gezellen being the first estate to introduce night harvesting in South Africa, a concept now employed by many others throughout the Cape.
Accommodation ranges from five star, four and three star hotels and guesthouses, self catering cottages up in the mountains as well as luxury tree houses. Stay in the village close to all amenities or on surrounding fruit farms or family wine estates. Lodgings in the historic buildings clustered around Church Street are also available.
Annual festivals not too miss includes the Christmas in Winter Festival, the Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival sponsored by Drostdy Hof, the Tulbagh Horse and Wildflower show and the House of Krone's Summer Elegance.
With heritage and natural beauty, award-winning winemakers, a theatre to entertain, a chocolatier, accommodation and restaurants to suit every taste - the question is really actually: "Why not?"
18 July 2012
Just a short drive away from Cape Town, you can escape the bustle and crowds in the beautiful Tulbagh Valley. Mountains surround you wherever you go. There is literally something for everyone, from 5 star accommodation to budget self catering farm stays, a variety of restaurants, quaint shops and not forgetting belgium chocolates, great wines and olive oils! The active visitor will find lots to do on biking and hiking trails or horseback riding. The leisurely can meander or simply relax and enjoy the great views.
16 July 2012
Every time we go to Tulbagh, we never know what this little valley has up it's sleeve, and in it's nooks and crannies.
From annual festivals (Christmas in Winter, the Arts Festival, The Harvest festival...) that never cease to delight, to it's every day secret spots - Tulbagh is down to earth and just simply "Lekka."
We love to come here on weekends, go for a trail run up to the waterfall at Saronsberg, mountain bike along the Cape Epic route while fish eagles fly above or simply curl up next to the fire with a good book, better bottle of wine and some locally made cheese or choccies. Yum!
05 July 2012
Tulbagh is in the Cape Winelands and has its very own wine route. Nestled between the towering mountain ranges of the Winterhoek, Witzenburg and Saronsberg, Tulbagh has always been celebrated for the stunning beauty of its setting.
Settled in 1700, Tulbagh has a rich history, and boasts some of the most beautiful examples of early Cape architecture.
After the devastating earthquake of 1969, Tulbagh was skilfully restored according to a surviving 1861 photograph, blessing Church Street with 32 National monuments, and the rest was history. A stroll down Church Street gives an authentic glimpse of an 18th Century Cape village.
04 June 2012
Tulbagh, Wolseley and Ceres are so nice and close together. Lovely area to stay and drive around. Views are beautiful, historic and part of heritage.
15 May 2012
Tulbagh has very attractive old houses with a number of restaurants and interesting shops, close to vineyards and to a number of other Western Cape towns.
27 April 2012
Tulbagh has very attractive old houses with a number of restaurants and interesting shops, close to vinyards and to a number of other Western Cape towns.
27 April 2012
Beautiful little town, set in such a gorgeous setting! Loved the hospitality of the town and the wine farms are a definate much!
16 April 2012
I was not impressed with the centre of town - it looks run down and sadly in need of attention. The shop frontages are neglected and sadly in need of a lick of paint. The buildings have so much character which could be brought to the fore with a lick of paint and some maintenance. The outlying areas and Church Street have been beautifully restored - why not extend this to the rest of the town centre as well.
19 February 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed what Tulbagh had to offer. From the quaint gift shops to the gourmet restaurants, there is something for everyone. We especially liked the Moniki Chocolatier and a restaurant called Pammie's - definitely worth a visit! We will return.
04 July 2011
A quaint, sleepy setting. Good rack of ribs at Pammie. Near wine routes and farms.
20 June 2011