Western Cape Attractions: Breede River Valley, Worcester

Western Cape Attractions: Breede River Valley, Worcester

This town was established in 1818 and named for Lord Worcester, elder brother of the then Governor of the Cape, Sir Charles Somerset. It is set in the lush valley of the Breede River and can be reached from Cape Town through the Du Toit’s Kloof Tunnel carved deep into the Hex River Mountains. These mountains are the highest in the Cape and their white-topped peaks are visible from far in the distance. The town also lies on the popular Route 62.

Adventure And Sport

4×4 and hiking at Klipbok Mountain Resort: The resort has various hiking and 4×4 trails and many birds and animals are found within its boundaries.

River-rafting: Professional guides accompany adventurers down the route with its quick and ruthless rapids.

Art And Crafts

Hugo Naudé Art Gallery: Naudé was a pioneer artist who established the gallery in 1904 and lived and painted here until his death in 1941. It hosts many exhibitions annually.

Cuisine

KWV Brandy: One of the largest brandy distilleries in the country is the KWV Brandy Cellar.

Worcester Wine Route: The Worcester winelands include the wine cellars of Wolseley, Slanghoek, Villiersdorp, Hex River Valley and, of course, Worcester. The winelands have received several awards for their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine route comprises some 21 cellars, many of which are situated on Route 62.

Fauna And Flora

Karoo National Botanical Garden: This garden is unique in that it is the only truly succulent garden in the Southern Hemisphere and on the African Continent. The garden is also a haven for rare and endangered plants and over 300 protected species grow here. There is a diverse selection of succulents, euphorbias and other dry-country plants. Approximately 144 ha of the estate are kept as a flora reserve and this section has several kilometres of hiking trails. After the spring rains the plants of the garden rejoice by bursting into bloom.

History And Architecture

Architecture: Worcester has several examples of elegant Cape Dutch architecture as well as a number of neoclassical buildings.

Beckhuis Museum: The building was erected in 1841 and the museum depicts the lifestyles of earlier Worcester residents.

Kleinplasie Open Air Museum: The museum portrays the way of life of the early farmers. Various old buildings were retained and the museum preserves certain activities and artefacts. Demonstrations of traditional tasks, such as candle-making and bread-making, are held regularly.

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