Tulbagh Winevalley Getaways
Tulbagh is a town located in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Situated in a bowl surrounded by the Obiqua, Winterhoek and Witzenberg Mountains, the town is 120 km from Cape Town, 26 km from Ceres and 17 km from Wolseley.
The Groot Winterhoek Mountains are part of the Cape Fold Belt and rise to a height of 2,077 metres. The Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area, operated by CapeNature, comprises a conservation area of 30,608 ha.
Many animals, such as baboons, bat-eared foxes, lynxes, and smaller species of antelope live in parts of the valley and it is known that leopards still occur in the mountains.
The Witzenberg Valley is home to a wide variety of birds, including the Cape sugarbird and Verreaux’s eagle.
Protea species are prominent in the landscape, generally with large striking flowers.
Wine has been produced for many years in the basin and there are numerous wine estates in and around the town. Tulbagh Wine Route is attracting numbers of tourists to Tulbagh who are eager to sample the wines produced.
What to do in Tulbagh –
Visit the Oude Drosdty, a Cape Dutch style building, which was built in 1804 and was originally the magistrate’s residence. Currently it is a museum. The building was restored to its original state after the earthquake in 1969.
Allow yourself time to stop at The Oude Kerk Volksmuseum, which is home to three buildings on the historic Church Street. The church building, also known as House 1, shows visitors a good collection of Cape furniture and colonial artefacts. House 6 is known as the Earthquake Museum and takes visitors on a journey through the valley’s history, the earthquake in 1969 and how the town was rebuilt. The third house in the museum complex is House 22, known as the Ou Volks Museum. This is a small Cape Dutch pioneer cottage that has been restored and brings to life a quaint home and life of 200 years ago.
Tulbagh is known for horse and pony interactions and riding. Whether you would like to ride for fun, for therapy, or simply enjoy being around horses while getting some fresh air, there are opportunities for all. Apart from riding and many aspects of horse care, activities include safety around horses, feeding and grooming. An activity for the whole family.
If you love hiking, the Murludi Hiking Trail will be just for you. It consists of various walking trails in the northern part of the Tulbagh Valley and the wine valley is a stunning site from a height on the hiking trails. Enjoy crossing mountain streams, drinking from fresh flowing water and the beautiful scenery. The route crosses a variety of terrains and is always interesting and changing.
For some shopping, visit the Crystal Cave and discover a treasure trove of delights. You will be surprised by the magnificent fresh proteas at unbelievably low prices, the local art, pottery, photography, fine beadwork, pendants, charms, jewellery, stones, candleholders, lamps and a range of good quality essential oils.
Made In Tulbagh showcases and platforms the talents of the valley. Made in Tulbagh is known for the best coffee and pie in town, whilst browsing around in the beautiful store. There is a variety of locally designed and crafted products, such as handmade silver jewellery and ceramics, leather work, wines at cellar prices and a selection of gourmet cheeses to pare with pickles and preserves.
Cyclists will enjoy the cycling along rural roads through the countryside and to explore the wineries by bike.
Waterfall Eco Trails offers guided day hikes to the waterfall through unique fynbos and among historic foot paths.
Enjoy a scenic tractor ride as a family up the historic Oudekloof Pass with interesting stops along the way. The views are breath-taking, the birds are magnificent and the fynbos spectacular.
If you are a bit more adventurous, try the Ceres Zipline which offers 8 slides at a total length of 1,4 km. It is the longest in Africa and is an adrenaline filled adventure. The amazing rock formations will take your breath away.
The Fynbos Guest Farm and Animal Sanctuary is open for day visitors to enjoy time with llamas, alpacas, zebra, springbok and many more. There is also a play area for children.
A very popular tourist attraction is the Wine Route which includes more than 10 different wine estates like Theuniskraal, Schalkenbosch, Oudekloof, Fraaigelegen and Twee Jonge Gezellen. A must for any visitor to Tulbagh.
Where to eat in Tulbagh –
Olive Terrace Bistro Restaurant offers seating under the trees on a patio and has a varied menu catering for everyone. The food is tasty and the service very good.
Kole en Deeg Restaurant and Coffee Shop will spoil you with good portions, lots of options and excellent food. The coffee is highly recommended.
Rijk’s Restaurant serves international cuisine and has lovely views of the vineyards. The outdoor setting makes it a special place to enjoy a special meal.
Manley Wine Lodge Restaurant is wheel chair friendly, offers plenty of food and friendly staff.
Fynbos Café and Farmstall serves you in their shady garden, is popular for the fresh baked pies and boasts good portions.
Reader’s Grill Restaurant is situated in the oldest home in Church Street and boasts a lovely atmosphere and setting as well as well-prepared local food.
Where to stay in Tulbagh –
This historic town can accommodate you in guest houses, boutique hotels, villas or holiday homes, or you can find peace and quiet in nature reserves, mountain cottages, country cottages or farm cottages. Last but not least the vineyards offer lodges, estates and self-catering cottages. Ideal for families, friends and even newly- weds.
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