Just an hour and a half from Cape Town and on the doorstep of Tulbagh and Ceres lies the quaint little village town of Wolseley. Situated in the delightfully picturesque Breede River Valley, the town is surrounded by three mountains, Waaihoek, Witsen and Waterval which are often covered by a blanket of snow in the winter.
Visitors to this beautiful part of the Western Cape will arrive via one of four scenic passes, Bainskloof, Nuwekloof, Du Toitskloof or Mitchell, making the journey just as rewarding as the vacation. Another positive for the town of Wolseley is its position on Route 62, the longest wine route in the world.
Wolseley is situated on a natural watershed and the abundance of water means that a variety of farming occurs in the valley, which includes fruit, vegetables, wheat, olives, sheep and grapes. The many farm estates provide aesthetic beauty to the area as well as delicious food and wine. Besides the usual outdoor pursuits, visitors will find local pottery, home-crafts and a unique furniture factory tour to help them while away the hours.
There is plenty of farm accommodation, both luxury and budget, which includes choices such as bed and breakfast or self-catering units. The locals offer a warm welcome and the quaint village has many wine cellars and restaurants where holiday makers can taste the product of the land.
Things to do and see
- Waverley Hills Organic Wine Estate
- Mountain Ridge Winery
- Happy Valley Trail, Bainskloof
- Du Toitskloof Pass
- Mitchell’s Pass
- Bainskloof Pass
- Nuwekloof Pass
- Tweede Tol Picnic Site
- Wolseley Blockhouses
- Kluitjieskraal Moutain Bike Trail
- New Munster Hiking Trail
- Witzenberg Summit Hiking Trail
- De Doorns, Hexpas Express
The area receives most of its’ rainfall during winter, with June seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 31˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 17˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into Cape Town International Airport. Car rental companies are located at the Airport.
June – Christmas in Winter, Tulbagh: A winter weekend Christmas. The whole town participates and decorates its streets, Father Christmas rides through the streets handing treats to children and the restaurants and various venues offer traditional Christmas meals. Visit craft stalls and estates offering various festive activities and entertainment.
August – Wolseley MTB Challenge: Mountain Bike Challenge of various distances – 75 km; 50 km; 35 km; 15 km & 5 km
December – Witzenville Faire, Tulbagh: A street faire held in Witzenville to start off the festive and fruit season. Local talent, food stalls, arts and crafts and plenty of fun.
The area was originally called Ceres Road, but during the Anglo-Boer War, it received its present name from Sir Garnet Wolseley, the British Governor of Natal and Commander of the British Forces. Sir Garnet Wolseley was a man of considerable dash and character, he inspired the expression 'It's all Sir Garnet', meaning that everything is in meticulous order.
It became one of the most important staging posts between the Cape and the Kimberly Diamond Fields and it received its municipal status in 1910.
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