Breede River Valley
Travel to Breede River Valley – Large Fruit and Wine Producing Region
The Breede River Valley is an area of magnificent views, panoramic landscapes, and towering cliffs. Visitors to the area will be delighted with the number of great outdoor activities, nature reserves, ethnic villages, and museums. It is also the largest fruit and wine producing valley in the Western Cape, as well as South Africa’s leading race-horse breeding area and part of the Little Karoo.
The valley stretches from McGregor in the south and Gouda in the west, to Montagu in the east and the Karoo in the north. Its name derives from the Breede River that rises in the mountains near Ceres and flows through the valley en route to the Indian Ocean and that serves as its main water source.
The Breede River Valley main destinations are Ashton, Montagu, Bonnievale, Robertson, Ceres, Tulbagh, De Doorns, Wolseley, McGregor, Worcester, Malgas, and Rawsonville.
Major landmarks in the area are the Kleinplasie Open-Air Museum, the Matroosberg Nature Reserve, the Bushman Paintings, the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area, Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden and the Transport Riders Museum.
McGregor Apricot Carnival is the major event in the area and takes place every November.
Explore the towns that are located along the valley or opt to hike amidst the beautiful landscapes. One of the best places for hiking is the village of McGregor due to its spectacular natural beauty.
Relax in the bars, cafes and restaurants in the towns or simply by soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the region’s outstanding natural beauty.
The best way to get between the towns is by hire car but within the towns it is perfectly feasible to get around by foot or even bike.
- Hike amidst spectacular natural scenery.
- Explore renowned wine routes.
- Visit museums and gardens amongst other attractions in the nearby towns and villages.