The north-western part of Route 62 forms a link with the West Coast and the Cedarberg, as well as providing an alternative route to Cape Town, 150km to the south-west. The towns of Ceres, Tulbagh, Wolseley and Prince Alfred’s Hamlet are found here.
Ceres, named after the Roman goddess of fruitfulness is situated in a fertile valley, surrounded by magnificent mountains. Ceres is the centre of a vast decidious fruit producing region and lives up to its name in every way. The Ceres district is as large as the rest of the Breede River Valley put together. The Breede River originates here and there is a wide variety of fauna and flora. It is ideal for the nature lover and is a south-easterly wind free haven.
The different regions are the fertile valley which includes Ceres and the village of Prince Alfred’s Hamlet; the mountainous plateau where some of the most beautiful fruit and vegetable farms in South Africa are found; the Ceres Karoo which has its own special ambience and where one will find game farms, bird watching and unique geological features.
Activities include visits in season to fruit farms to see the packing of fresh fruit and the drying of fruit; hikes and walks amongst magnificent rock formations and mountain fynbos; cherry picking in season; the viewing of San rock paintings; a variety of 4×4 routes; Bedford truck rides to the top of the highest mountain peak in the Western Cape; birdwatching and visits to game farms. The village of Ceres has various gift and craft shops as well as a museum which commemorates the days when Ceres was the last bastion of civilisation before fortune hunters made their way to seek their fortunes at the newly discovered gold and diamond fields in the interior.
A wide variety of accommodation is also to be found in this beautiful area, ranging from self catering chalets and cottages in the town and on farms to Bed & Breakfasts, Guest houses, hotels and game and nature reserves.
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