The microclimates of the Klein Karoo lend themselves to the health of its vineyards and make it possible for winemakers to cultivate a huge variety of grapes to produce a delicious diversity of wines. If you are looking for specialty wines of the region, you cannot go wrong with a generous glass of Muscadel or Cape Port-style wine. There are many wine farms to visit on the Klein Karoo wine route, including Drie Berge Winery in Montagu, De Krans Wines in Calitzdorp and Herold Wines on the Montagu Pass to name just a few.
Situated between Ladismith, Laingsburg, Tousrrivier and Montagu, this 80000ha reserve was declared South Africa’s 6th World Heritage Site in 2014. Besides the mesmerising landscape and rich plant, bird and animal life, the reserve is also home to San rock art, painted thousands of years ago. Get your day visitor’s permit and enjoy everything the reserve has to offer like swimming, birding, kayaking on the dam, mountain biking, horse riding and more. If you prefer living life in low gear, why not take on one of the 4x4 trails?
The legendary tractor trips on Protea Farm, Montagu, have become an international tourist attraction since 1985. The tractor pulling its load of sightseers will meander its way up the Langeberg Mountain to an altitude of 1500m above sea level. The trip provides a stunning bird’s eye views of the KOO and Breede River valleys. After a brief pit stop at the Arangieskop Mountain Hut, where muscadel and dried fruit is served, a typical farmhouse potjiekos meal awaits you at the end of the trip.
At Avalon Springs there is no shortage of fun for kids and adults alike. Soak up the mineral rich waters of the natural hot springs and set up your spot in the picnic area. The kids will have the time of their lives on the 60m water slide, splashing in the outdoor pools and enjoying a game of mini golf on the outdoor playground.
Once renowned as the ‘ostrich capital’ of the world, this beautiful town has many adventures to offer and is definitely worth the trip. One of the most breathtaking sights is definitely the enormous Cango Caves complex dripping with limestone stalagmite and stalactite formations. It is the only cave on the African continent where visitors have the choice between both heritage and adventure tours. The adventure tour, in particular, is definitely not for the faint-hearted as you’ll find yourself getting a decent dose of adrenalin by crawling through tight spaces and climbing up some of the rock formations. The kids will love it!
If you’re keen to be served authentic ‘Karoo cuisine’ with a twist or are simply looking for a charming space to fuel up with a hearty brunch, pop into the Karoo Daisy in Barrydale. Favourites include the homemade bread (so delicious visitors are said to drive from Cape Town to buy loaves!), jazzed-up roosterkoek, freshly roasted Nagaland coffee, thin crust pizzas as well as traditional fare such as kudu fillet. The coffee bar/market/eatery caters for vegans and carnivores and pets are welcome. Enjoy the views over the adjacent daisy field and on weekends, enjoy live music or catch the latest sports game.
Nestled in Montagu on the legendary Route 62, the Barn on 62 is an ideal stop-off for a delicious cuppa and a light meal. Here, you can indulge in uniquely blended African coffee, sourced from Terbodore, paired with a full farmhouse breakfast and a generous slice of carrot cake. Alternatively, skip brekkie entirely and treat yourself to a juicy burger topped with freshly-made basil pesto, crispy lettuce, and tomato.
The perfect way to spend a Saturday morning and an opportunity to mingle with the locals. You’ll find a varied collection of scrumptious homemade delicacies such as pork pies, koeksisters, milk tart, freshly baked bread and a variety of local produce like eggs olives and jams to mention only a few. Sit down and enjoy a delicious breakfast feast or sweet pancakes and a cup of fresh coffee or fruit juice. There is so much to see and do at the market. Browse through the large variety of stalls packed with second-hand books, handmade crafts – like wirework and beadwork – and plenty of vintage bric-a-brac to brighten up your home.