Take Time Out in Tulbagh
Located on the northern edge of the Breede River Valley in the Cape Winelands district of the Western Cape, the historic town of Tulbagh lies on land that was granted to Dutch and Huguenot settlers by the Dutch Colonial Government almost three centuries ago. When the town was later developed it was named in honor of Ryk Tulbagh, Governor of the Cape Colony from 1751 to 1771. With the majestic Winterhoek Mountain to the north, the Obiqua Mountains to the west, and the Witsenberg Mountains to the east, the unique geography of the area creates a Mediterranean-type climate perfect for growing grapes, and the valley of Tulbagh produces some of South Africa’s best white and red wines, as well as top quality olive oil, peaches, pears, plums and wheat.
As the town of Tulbagh developed over the years, different architectural styles reflected the times. Unfortunately, many of the town’s original historical buildings were damaged or destroyed in an earthquake in 1969. Among those that survived the earthquake, or were restored, are superb examples of Cape Dutch, Edwardian and Victorian architecture which are must-see attractions when visiting Tulbagh. These include the Old Dutch Reformed Mission Church, De Oude Bakkereij, Der Oude Herberg, the Old Church Museum, Meiring House and a number of houses along Church Street.
With Tulbagh being less than two hours from Cape Town, and situated en route to the West Coast and Namaqualand, the town makes a perfect stopover point or day trip. Better still, visitors can stay for several days and do day trips to surrounding attractions and towns such as Gouda, Wolseley, Ceres and Prince Alfred Hamlet. Wineries in the area include the internationally acclaimed Twee Jonge Gezellen, Drostdy, Montpellier and Theuniskraal, as well as newer boutique wineries such as Blue Crane Vineyards, Manley Wine Cellar, Lemberg Wine Estate and Saronsberg Cellar.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find hiking and mountain biking routes, fishing, horse riding and other outdoor activities to enjoy. Accommodation options in and around Tulbagh include self-catering, B&Bs and guest houses, while the Crystal Cave offers local arts and crafts, succulents, cacti, fresh proteas and more.