Route 62 Self-Drive holidays
Route 62 is a scenic stretch of road running between the Cape Winelands and the town of Oudtshoorn. This is one of South Africa's ideal self-drive routes and excellent for family holidays.
Route 62 is exceptionally beautiful, with ever changing colors of the mountains, rivers, vineyards and orchards. It is also said to be the longest wine route in the world and meanders from Worcester, by way of the Breede River Valley, through the charming towns of Robertson, Ashton and Montagu, the Klein Karoo, and on to the Garden Route. Route 62 offers a wide variety of activities, including hiking, mountain biking, 4x4 trails, canoeing, horse riding, safaris and rock climbing.
Besides the scenic beauty, Route 62 also provides a number of good safari options, the most notable being Sanbona Private Game Reserve. What this area lacks in typical 'Big-5' viewing, it makes up for in convenience, uniqueness, and solitude.
Set at the end of Route 62, is Oudtshoorn, the capital of the Klein Karoo. A tourist attraction, Oudtshoorn is famous for its ostrich farms and accounts for more than 70% of all ostrich products worldwide. A visit to an ostrich farm is sure to delight and here visitors can stand on the huge unbreakable eggs, watch ostrich races and enjoy close up encounters with these amazing birds. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate.
No trip to the Karoo will be complete without a visit to the Cango Caves, rated as one of the best limestone caves in the world. The vast halls of towering stalagmite and stalactite formations with names like "˜the bridal couple', "˜glass flower fantasy', "˜weird cango candle' and "˜the hanging shawl' can be discovered on guided tours.
For an unforgettable South African holiday combine a trip on Route 62 with a visit to the Cape Winelands, the Whale Coast or the Garden Route and onwards to a safari in the Eastern Cape. Should you be planning on driving the nearby Garden Route, a wide decision is to take the alternate Route 62 for the return leg of your trip.