The first settlers came to the area in 1700 and the town was laid out in 1795 and named after Ryk Tulbagh, one of the best Dutch Governors of the Cape. Today, Tulbagh is accessible via Route 62. Near tragedy was turned into triumph after an earthquake that shook the town in 1969 damaged all the beautiful buildings located in Church Street. Fortunately it was possible to restore all the buildings to their original state and all were subsequently declared national monuments.
The stylish white Cape Dutch buildings are beautifully offset by the mountains that surround the town.
Adventure And Sport
Elsbos Route: One hiking route leads over several farms and gives hikers an idea of how farming is done here. The second route leads through fynbos vegetation along the hills of the Witzenberg Mountains and guarantees breathtaking views.
Fishing: Many farm dams allow fishing of species such as bass, carp and tilapia.
Hiking, biking and horse-riding: The Tulbagh area is criss-crossed with several hiking, biking and horse-riding trails. The Groot Winterhoek Area is known for its lovely hikes. Enquire at the local tourism office for more information.
Horse-riding: Riding trails lead through fruit trees and vineyards.
Fruit Tours: Some farms offer fruit tours that include a ride on a fruit cart. Dried fruit and preserves are sold on the premises.
Tulbagh Wine Route: This is one of the youngest and smallest wine routes in the Cape. The route offers fantastic scenery and visitors can taste the region’s excellent quality wine. A variety of cellars are on the route, including Drostdy Wine Cellar, Lemberg Wine Estate and Tulbagh Wine Cellar.
Fauna And Flora
Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area: This area extends over 30 000 ha and lies within the Groot Winterhoek (Great Winter’s Corner) Mountains. The mountainous landscape is alternated by gorges and streams and the natural vegetation is predominately fynbos. Hikers and visitors who are only taking a drive through are guaranteed lovely views.
History And Architecture
Church Street: Tulbagh’s Church Street has the greatest concentration of national monuments in the country. After it was nearly destroyed during an earthquake in 1969, the historic street has been restored to its original Cape Dutch splendour.
De Oude Drostdy: One of the town’s national monuments, this establishment was built in 1806 and displays an exquisite collection of typical Cape furniture and articles.