What not to miss along Route 62.

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Offering a quieter alternative to the busy coastal N2 road, Route 62 stretches 850km from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. This inland route will draw you in with its small town charm and variety of breathtaking landscapes.

Winding its way through mountain passes, fruit orchards and numerous small towns, Route 62 is an ideal option for those who like to hit the open road during their down time. Along the way you’ll find quaint little farmstalls with home baked goodies as well as a number of wineries and popular sites to enjoy.

Route 62. Photo Credit: Marko Derksen-flickr.

Route 62. Photo Credit: Marko Derksen-flickr.

TweedeTol Rock pools, Bainskloof Pass

Tweede Tol is a campsite up on Bainskloof Pass that also opens it gates to day visitors so whether you’re just popping in or wanting to spend the night this is the perfect place for the whole family. There is a large shaded picnic area and braai spots but the biggest highlight has to be the Witte River rock pools where the kids can go wild. It’s the perfect spot to cool off in summer and guaranteed fun for the whole family.

Tweede Tol. Photo Credit: Jez-flickr.

Tweede Tol. Photo Credit: Jez-flickr.

Die Kloof Padstal, Montagu

The perfect spot for tired travellers to stretch their legs and recharge the batteries, Die Kloof Padstal is a lovely restaurant and farmstall with stunning views of Keisie River and the Bloupunt mountain top. Sit down and recharge at the restaurant which serves delicious meals at affordable prices and is the perfect playground for the kiddies to get rid of all that pent up energy. You can even restock the padkos with farmstall goodies locally produced in Montagu. You’ll spot it very easily as it is the first building on your left as you enter Montagu.

Ronnies Sex Shop, near Barrydale

As risqué as it sounds, Ronnie’s Sex Shop actually has nothing to do with what its name might suggest. The story goes that ‘Ronnie’s Shop’, which was initially intentioned as a produce shop, had its name improved upon one night when Ronnie’s friends decided to play a prank on him and paint on the new name. Today it is a roadside pub with a small menu that is a frequent stop over for bikers, local farmers and regular travellers. It’s the perfect pit stop for a road trip where you can enjoy a drink and something to eat before you hit the road again.

Hexpas Express, De Doorns

Somewhat of a local secret, the Hexpas Express is a unique railway trip originally built in the 1870s and then revamped for its use today. The two coaches are drawn by a vintage Fordson tractor which travels at a maximum speed of 20 kilometres per hour. The trip goes between de Doorns and Matroosberg and overlooks the incredible Hex River valley as you go over the pass.

Hex River. Photo Credit: Ralph Malan-flickr.

Hex River. Photo Credit: Ralph Malan-flickr.

The Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn

A true wonder of the Western Cape, The Cango Caves is a fascinating series of dripstone caverns that open into vast halls of towering stalagmite formations. One of South Africa’s oldest tourist attractions the Cango Caves have been attracting visitors from even before the year 1820. Two different tours of the caves are offered, the Heritage Tour costing R100 per adult and R60 a child is led by a very experienced guide who will keep you informed along the way.

Alongside English, tours are also available in Afrikaans, Dutch, German and French (check availability). For something a little more challenging there’s the Adventure Tour which requires a bit more physical effort but takes you deep into cave where you get to see some amazing formations. Adventure Tours cost R150 per adult and R90 per child.

Cango Caves. Photo Credit: NH53-flickr.

Cango Caves. Photo Credit: NH53-flickr.