Ceres, named after the Roman goddess of fertility, lies at the centre of one of the major fruit-growing areas in South Africa. The town’s motto, “the beauty of the place enchants us” could not have been better chosen. Magnificent mountains surround the village and the Breede
River drains the valley. The fertile soils and the heaviest rainfall in the Western Cape create ideal conditions for the fruit orchards that are cultivated here.
Prince Alfred Hamlet lies at the start of the Gydo Pass that climbs the Skurweberg, offering a lovely view of the Ceres valley. The village was founded in the early 1860s and named after Queen Victoria’s second son, Alfred.
Adventure And Sport
4×4, hiking and biking: Suurpoortjie has several 4×4 routes, hiking trails and mountain-biking trails.
Matroosberg Mountain Drive: This drive is only accessible by 4×4 vehicles and has several viewpoints from which the stunning surroundings can be seen.
Archaeology And Palaeonteology
San Rock Art: The Ceres Fynbos Reserve features several examples of San rock art. The Kagga-Kamma Nature Reserve also features some very old San paintings.
Ceres Fruit Juices and Ceres Fruit Growers Factory: Ceres Fruit Growers is the largest fruit co-operative in South Africa and has the largest storage complex in the Southern Hemisphere. Book a tour of the facilities, as well as of Du Toit Fruit, where you can see how fruit is dried and kept in cold storage. Ceres Fruit Juices also hosts tours of its facilities.
Farm Tours: Guided tours can be organised at various farms to see how fruit is picked, packed and processed.
Culture / Community Tourism
San village at Kagga-Kamma Nature Reserve: The reserve offers one of the most intriguing cultural experiences in the country. The reserve houses a reconstructed San village where visitors may observe the inhabitants practising the ancient skills of their forefathers.
Fauna And Flora
Nature Reserves and Game Farms: There are several reserves and farms in the area that protect the natural fauna and flora of the region, including Klein Cedarberg Private Nature Reserve, Vaalkloof Private Nature Reserve and Matroosberg Reserve.
Ceres Fynbos Reserve: The reserve features several examples of San rock art, interesting rockscapes and a profusion of wild flowers and birds that make their home in the fynbos.
Kagga-Kamma Nature Reserve: The reserve is home to several species of game and also has some extremely old San paintings. Its reconstructed Khoikhoi village aims to preserve the traditional lifestyle of these people and is a popular tourist attraction.
Mitchell’s Pass: This is one of the most spectacular stretches of road in the Cape and offers spectacular views of the emerald green countryside.
History And Architecture
Toll House: This historical building is a national monument and is situated along the scenic Mitchell’s Pass.
Transport Riders’ Museum: The museum exhibits a collection of wagons that were used in Ceres from 1880 until 1940.