Fancy taking a slow drive through the most magnificent scenery the Western Cape has to offer, sampling some of the country’s top wines, enjoying historic ambience and seriously good food, plus experiencing real country hospitality and value for money? If this appeals, read on…
Raptor Rise offers self-catering accommodation just 6 kms from the scenic and historic town of Tulbagh in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Privately positioned at the foot of the farm is a fully equipped self-catering cottage complete with swimming pool and spectacular mountain views. Nearer to the farmstead, but still enjoying the mountain views, are the converted stables which consist of 4 self-catering, en-suite rooms and the newly built family apartment.
Located in a cul de sac of the Tulbagh valley…perched on a hilltop surrounded by fruit orchards… and guarded by the towering Klein Winterhoek peak… Ta daaaaaam! Fisaasbos – its name derived from ‘Fisante Bos’ meaning Pheasant’s Bush (trivia) – is located on Remhoogte, a working fruit farm in the cul de sac of the Tulbagh valley. The harvest: apples, pears, cling peaches and prunes. Lots of prunes.
House 22, Tulbagh Road, is a newly renovated railway house situated at the foot of the picturesque Watervalberg mountains, only 6 kilometres from the town of Tulbagh. The self-catering house and cottage with their rural setting is close to the Malle Tulbagh farmers market, established mountain bike routes, the waterfall hiking trail, and the Tulbagh waterfall and its pools. Both the house and the cottage are fully equipped and offer outdoor spaces, free parking and WIFI. The units can be rented individually or together and can accommodate a total of 10 guests combined. The main house features 3 bedrooms (one with en-suite bathroom), open plan kitchen/lounge area, a small veranda, and relaxing braai area. This unit sleeps 6 guests. The next-door cottage features a single bedroom with en-suite bathroom, open plan kitchenette/lounge area and two small patios with Weber braai which makes it ideal for a couple.
The name Oude Compagnies post stems from the historical Verenigde Oost Indiese Compagnie ( Dutch East India Company) who started the outpost in 1699 in the beautiful Tulbagh valley. Owner Jerry Swanepoel and his wife. Henriette are both lawyers practicing as an advocate and attorney respectively. They moved to Tulbagh 1995 to raise their children in the country side. Since then they have planted several hectares of vines on the farm and started making wine under the Compagnies Wijn label. Today their son Dirk a qualified winemaker is managing the farm activities and making wine in the old stone cellar on the farm. His future plans are to develop accommodation and eco tourism on the farm as well as developing a new rage of wines under the Swanepoel label.
The Olive Terrace
- The Olive Terrace offers à la carte dining which can be enjoyed al fresco either on the terrace under the White Karee tree or in the tranquil and secluded courtyard. The period dining room is spacious with large open fires to ward off the winter chill. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu is a celebration of South African flavours using locally-sourced seasonal fruits and vegetables.
The Harvest Table Bistro
- The Harvest Table Bistro in the original mill room pays homage to this fertile valley’s proud fruit growing legacy. They combine fresh local produce and hearty peasant-style dishes with influences from places like New Orleans, the Mississippi, North Africa, France, Italy and Argentina. They also offer wood-fired pizzas.
- Readers Restaurant is located in the oldest house in Church Street. Offering simple, yet outstanding local and international cuisine, Readers has maintained a standard of excellence that has created a notable reputation with both locals and tourists since 1997. The menu varies on a daily basis, depending on the availability of fresh produce, but the focus remains on variety, fusion of flavours and combinations of unusual ingredients.
Coffee & Cream
- Coffee & Cream is a quaint coffee shop and eatery located in Tulbagh’s famous Church Street, opposite the Community Garden and next to the Het Land van Waveren gift shop, specialising in coffee drinks (of course!), delicious light meals and scrumptious sweet treats.
Wine tasting at Rijks
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit are the hallmarks of the wines of Rijk's Cellar.
Ceres Zip Slide Tours
Come and experience this 1,4km of pure adrenalin Eco Adventure, consisting of 8 slides varying from 100-290m in length. This Eco-Adventure is safe, fast and long. The tour takes place in the Schurweberg Mountains below the Koekedouw Dam in Ceres.
Twee Jonge Gezellen MCC tasting
Photo by Hospitality Hedonist
The historic Twee Jonge Gezellen farm in Tulbagh is the home of Krone, a collection of notable, vintage-only South African Méthode Cap Classiques made from grapes grown and night-harvested in this distinctive terroir. Open to the public for tastings and tours, the farm has been restored to reflect its impressive heritage and contemporary renaissance.
Horse About Trails is conveniently located between the towns of Tulbagh and Wolseley. Offering a rich combination of rural tranquillity and unrivalled scenery, a horseback trail in the foothills of the Witzenberg is an unique and unforgettable experience.
Here, on the farm Lemoendrif, the Du Toit family produces multi-award winning extra virgin olive oil, Kalamata table olives and natural green olives in harmony with Mother Nature. Total dedication to quality in every step from planting to hand-harvesting, to processing and packaging ensure premium quality and pure enjoyment from the tree to the table.
Wine tasting at Saronsberg
Enjoy the stunning views of the Saronsberg mountain and buy wine at cellar door prices. Taste the entire range of Saronsberg’s award-winning wines and enjoy the stunning views from inside our tasting room, outside under the vine pergola or on the lawns under the oak trees. Don’t miss out on taking a photo with iconic female sculpture at the waters’ edge of the dam called “Uit Klip, Uit Water” by Angus Taylor.
Mountain Bike Routes
The Tulbagh MTB club was established in 2012 by local MTB riders who realised that the Tulbagh - Wolseley area was fast becoming popular in the MTB world and needed to be organised to ensure the impact and access due to thousands of riders was managed and controlled. The creation and maintenance of approximately 80km of quality tracks enhanced the Tulbagh Valley as a MTB destination of note and it was important to ensure local and visiting riders would be able to access these trails without risking trespassing onto private lands.
HISTORIC TULBAGH WALKING TOUR
Join our local historian and heritage activist, Jayson Clark for a 90 minutes tour of historic Church street and explore some of the interiors of many of Tulbaghs heritage buildings and 19th centaury streetscape. The story tells the history of Tulbagh as an outpost of the Cape Colony, through the age of pioneers and colonists as well as the development of the Cape vernacular architectural style. Special attention is given to the earthquake and subsequent restoration of the 32 National Monuments and in the street.