The town was founded in 1853 and named after the Reverend Robertson, the minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in Swellendam at the time. Robertson vineyards produce popular local dessert wines and brandies of high repute. The town is the centre for horse-breeding in the Western Cape. It preserves its Georgian and Victorian architecture meticulously. The town is situated on Route 62.

Adventure And Sport

Hiking and biking: Several hiking and mountain-biking trails traverse the beautiful Waboom Mountains.

Mountain-biking: Cycling: Guided mountain-biking tours of the area can be arranged.

Outdoor Activities: The area has a vast array of activities to choose from, such as cycling through the vineyards, hiking, horse-riding, 4×4 routes, mountaineering, canoeing, river-rafting, abseiling and bird-watching.

Water-sport: Canoeing trips and other water-sports can be conducted on the Breede River, about 3 km from the town.

Art And Crafts

Hadeda Potteries: Handmade ceramics are created here in a rustic old wine cellar. Other crafts can also be purchased here.


Robertson Wine Route: This route takes visitors to the green vineyards and aromatic rose gardens of the towns of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson. Robertson is a recognised Wine of Origin region and the Cape’s largest wine-producing region under irrigation. The route includes some 14 estates and is well known for its dessert wines and for the production of a unique white wine. The region organises many annual wine shows to promote its outstanding wine estates.

Viljoensdrift Wines: Come to Viljoensdrift for the wine-tasting and stay for a boat tour that shows off the abundance of birds that live in the area.

Fauna And Flora

Dassieshoek Nature Reserve: The reserve lies in the Langeberg Mountains and has beautiful mountain scenery, lovely natural plant life and a rich variety of animals.

Sheilam Cactus Garden: Lying close to both Ashton and Robertson, Sheilam is also known as Little Mexico. The farm grows a wide variety of exotic cactus plants, many of which are exported all over the world.

Silverstrand Holiday Resort: The resort is situated on the banks of the Breede River and has camping and water-sport facilities.

History And Architecture

Robertson Museum (Druid’s Lodge): William English named the house Druid’s Lodge and many of the family’s letters and photos are displayed in the house.


The melodious name of this mission station has its origins in the Bible and it means “the Plains”.

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