Cape Route 62 is the tourist route in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa, that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Langkloof and Port Elizabeth, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway.
It’s an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora – all contribute to make Paarl, Wellington, the Breede River Valley, Klein Karoo and Langkloof some of South Africa’s most diverse regions.
The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as the multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure – whether this is in the physical sense or simply a kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility.
Cape Route 62 will take you along the longest wine route in the Western Cape and most likely the whole world. Innovation and pride, combined with a terrain and mild climate that are harmoniously balanced, results in the prominence of the outstanding wines on Cape Route 62.
The easily accesible towns, nestled along the valleys, all offer ample opportunity for discovery. From visits to wineries and game reserves, tribal art, cultural tours, museums and for the more adventurous: hiking trails and mountain climbing, 4×4 routes, canoeing, horse riding, even ostrich riding, fishing and caving…
Cape Route 62 is an exciting experience, even for the well-travelled. And when you are tired after a long day’s travel, you can even unwind in one of the region’s invigorating hot-springs, revel in luxury or relax in rustic tranquility.
This scenic route passes through farming towns such as Calitzdorp, Ladismith, historic Amalienstein, Zoar and the fruit growing and wine producing towns of Barrydale, Montagu, Ashton, Bonnievale, Robertson, McGregor, Worcester,Rawsonville, Ceres, Wolseley, Tulbagh, Wellington and Paarl. It includes the Langkloof with the following towns; Misgund, Louterwater, Krakeel, Joubertina and Kareedouw.
Cape Route 62, also known as the Mountain Route, offers the visitor range upon range of striking mountain edifices. Andrew Bain and his son, Thomas Bain was the engineers and constructors of several of the mountain passes on Cape Route 62. Michell’s Pass near Ceres, Bain’s Kloof Pass near Wellington, Gydo Pass due north of Ceres up the Skurweberg, Tulbagh Kloof (after the town of Tulbagh), Prince Alfred’s Pass (after Prince Alfred) from Knysna to Uniondale, Tradouw Pass near Barrydale, Garcia’s Pass from Riversdale to Ladismith, Cogmans Kloof, from Ashton to Montagu and Swartberg Pass from Oudtshoorn to Prince Albert.
What make Cape Route 62 really special, is the calm and peacefullness that it offers travellers. The route is safe so adventurers need not be concerned about their personal security. The people on Cape Route 62 is another alluring attraction. They are friendly and eager to both assist and entertain passing travellers.
Those who have traversed the twists and turns of Cape Route 62 return time and time again and affirm that it is the road that provides them with the most inspiring adventures.
Cape Town to Port Elizabeth – 850km
(via Paarl, Tulbagh, Worcester, Montagu, Oudtshoorn, Uniondale)
Cape Town to Ceres – 150km
(via Paarl, Tulbagh, Wolseley)
Cape Town to Worcester – 96km
Cape Town to Montagu – 200km
(via Paarl, Worcester, Robertson, Ashton)
Cape Town to Oudtshoorn – 480km
(via Paarl, Tulbagh, Worcester, Montagu, Ladismith, Calitzdorp)
Worcester to Oudtshoorn – 300km
(via Robertson, Ashton, Montagu, Ladismith, Calitzdorp)
Paarl to Worcester – 35km
Tulbagh to Worcester – 82km
Barrydale to Worcester – 146km
Montagu to Barrydale – 66km
Barrydale to Ladismith – 76km
Ladismith to Calitzdorp – 50km
Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn – 50km
Oudtshoorn to Prince Albert – 70 km
Oudtshoorn to De Rust – 35 km
Oudtshoorn to Uniondale – 115 km
Uniondale to Misgund – 42 km
Misgund to Joubertina – 34 km
Joubertina to Kareedouw – 43 km
Kareedouw to Humansdorp – 50 km
Humansdorp to Port Elizabeth – 90 km
Gateways joining the Route 62 from:
From Beaufort West in the Great Karoo
on the N1 to the N12 and R 62.
The Gateway: Meiringspoort cutting
throug the Swartberg Mountains
From Beaufort West on the N1 onto the R354 to Prince Albert and on the R328 to Oudtshoorn.
The Gateway: Swartberg Pass over the Swartberg Mountains
From Matjiesfontein and Laingsburg on the N1, following the R323 and R 62.
The Gateway: Seweweekspoort
From Colesberg on the N1 via Graaff-Reinet and Willowmore.
The Gateways: Munnikspoort and Ghwarriepoort
From the N1 turn off towards Worcester on the R60 and R62 to Oudtshoor via Robertson, Ashton and Montagu
The Gateway: Cogmanskloof Pass
From Mossel Bay on the N2 to the R328
The Gateway: Robinson Pass
From the coastel area to the R62
The Gateways: Cloetes Pass, Rooiberg Pass, Garcia Pass, Tradouw Pass, Cogmanskloof Pass, Gysmanshoek Pass and Plattekloof Pass
From Middelburg and Graaff-Reinet continue on the N9 onto N12 or R62
The Gateways: Munnikspoort, Potjiesberg Pass, Uniondale Poort.
From the Garden Route N2 to Oudtshoorn
The Gateways: The Outeniqua Pass, Prince Alfred Pass, Montagu Pass