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Day Trip from Montagu to Worcestor via Keisie Valley

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Left and middle: Karoo vegetation. Right: Truck with Ostriches

This day trip of 210 km from Montagu will not disappoint. Valleys of vineyards, karoo vegetation, historic towns and incredible scenery off the beaten track.

Map of self drive day trip from WorcesterFrom Montagu take the R318 to De Doorns. Savor the fertile Keisie River Valley and the wonderful karoo vegetation. You will drive over the Burgers and Rooihoogte passes.

At the junction with the N1, turn left to De Doorns where you can stop for tea or lunch at the Velskoen Farm Stall on the left side of the road – a real surprise! Just a note for 4×4 enthusiasts – De Doorns boasts having the toughest 4×4 trail in South Africa, the Hex River 4×4 trail.


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Left: Velskoen Farm Stall Centre: Keisie River Valley Right: Hex River Valley

On the way to Worcester, you will experience the Hex River Valley, the heart of South Africa’s vineyards.  If you would like to spend time in Worcester, see our information on Worcester. From Worcester, take the R60 to Robertson and Ashton.

Robertson is situated on the Breede River, and is famous for its tree lined streets and beautiful Victorian and Georgian era buildings with their garden roses. It has a history of 150 years, and is firmly entrenched in the wine making industry. If you are wine enthusiast and would like to tour the more than 30 cellars in the valley, call on the Robertson Tourism Office for info.  It is left off the R60 at Reitz Street – +27(0) 23 6264437 or if you love brandy, visit the Klipdrift Distillery at 4 Voortrekker Street.

cactus1 Visit the Sheilam Cactus Garden – established in 1954 this cactus and succulent nursery has been owned and operated by the Schwegmann family since 1967. Boasting more than 2000 species of plants, the nursery is recognised by authorities as one of the finest collections of specimen plants. Between Ashton and Roberston, approximately 7.5 km outside Robertson towards Ashton, take the Klaas Voogds West turn-off. After 1km on a gravel road you’ll find Sheilam Cactus Garden.

After Ashton, the R60 changes to the R62 back to Montagu through the stunning Cogmans Kloof Pass.

More info on the town of MontaguMore info on the Worcester area


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