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Tulbagh – the “Valley of Abundance”

Tulbagh – “Valley of Abundance”. Surrounded by mountains, a fruit and vine valley, an area for all seasons. The valley is popular with families, romantic couples, and adventure seekers.

About Tulbagh

Experience the bounty of the earth surrounded by magnificent mountains in this fruit and wine valley! Snow caps in winter, Spring flowers, hot summers and blazing autumn colours – A valley for all seasons.

Escape to romantic, adventurous, family, and vineyard getaways!

Tulbagh, being the fourth oldest town in South Africa, has a romantic historical feel to it, with the highest count of protected historical buildings in any one street in South Africa. The earthquake of 1969 led to a complete renovation of the old Church Street buildings, which left the houses in a very good condition.

A ring of mountains hugs a valley of abundance in a cosy embrace.

Why visit Tulbagh?

Looking for an idyllic setting, with mountains towering close-by, wrapping natural beauty and romantic vineyards and orchards? This dreamy agricultural village offers a family-friendly, romantic appeal. Abundant natural beauty calls for hours of hiking in the mountains or wandering through vineyards on foot, or trails on horseback. Add idyllic and award-winning vineyards and you have a destination well worth a visit!

Read on for more information about the area

What not to miss around Tulbagh

  • Church Street – Old Town historical houses.
  • Earthquake Museum.
  • De Oude Kerk – Historical Church
  • Waterfall Hiking Trails.
  • Saronsberg Cellar.
  • MontPellier de Tulbagh.
  • Rijk’s Wine Estate.

What to do in Tulbagh:

Around Tulbagh:
Best Scenic Drives around Tulbagh
Annual events
Vineyards and wine tasting
Eat Drink and Do:
Restaurants
Café’s and Coffee Shops
Child-Friendly things to do
Pet-Friendly things to do
Arts, Culture and Museums
Markets and Shopping
Health Resorts and Spas
Sports and Wellness
Golfing
Outdoors:
Adventure
Natural Attractions in the area
Beaches in the area
Mountain Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Surfing spots,
4×4 tracks,
Accommodation:
Luxury Accommodation Options
Self Catering Accommodation options
Budget Accommodation options
BackPacker Accommodation options
Pet-Friendly Accommodation options
Camping options
Info Details Tulbagh

Around Tulbagh:

Best Scenic Drives around Tulbagh:

  • 3 Boland Passes
  • Tulbagh R46 – Over Wolseley – R43R301 Bain’s Kloof Pass to Wellington – Paarl – R101 over Du Toitskloof pass – Rawsonville – Slanghoek Road through the Slanghoek valley – R43R46 Over Mitchell’s Pass to Ceres – Return via R46 Over Mitchell’s Pass back to Tulbagh. ±190 km

Tulbagh Annual Events:

  • Tulbagh Vintage & Vine Faire: Celebrate the valley’s award-winning wines, top class olives and other products of the Tulbagh Valley

Vineyards and Wine tasting:

Tulbagh Wine Route

Below are notable vineyards in the Tulbagh wine route

  • My Top 4 cellar choices:
  • Saronsberg Cellar
  • Rijk’s Private Cellar
  • Manley Wine Estate Private Cellar
  • Krone

    Other vineyards in the Tulbagh valley:
  • Lemberg Wine Estate
  • MontPellier de Tulbagh
  • Schalkenbosch Wines
  • Theuniskraal
  • Tulbagh Winery
  • Bianco Fine Wines
  • Blue Crane Vineyards
  • Buck’s Ridge Wines & Olives
  • De Heuvel Wine & Olive Estate
  • Twee Jonge Gezellen

Eat and Drink:

Please check the latest information on these restaurants, cafés and coffee shops to ensure the cuisine and ambience is what you are looking for.

In the valley of abundance, there is also an abundance of choice for fine food. Find one of the many fine-dining or casual restaurants that serve an array of superb dishes from continental, South African, vegetarian and pub fare. Cafés and Coffee Shops are well recommended.

4 Cafés and Coffee Shops to try:

  1. Kole en Deeg
  2. Coffee and Cream Coffee Shop and Eatery
  3. Saronsberg Kunskombuis
  4. Obiqua Café

5 Restaurants to try:

Information about Restaurants

  1. The Olive Terrace at the Tulbagh Hotel
  2. Readers Restaurant
  3. Caffe Blu
  4. Rijk’s Restaurant
  5. Paddagang Eethuis en Fijne Wijne

3 Child Friendly things to do:

Tulbagh is known to accommodate the whole family – including children

  1. Horse About Trails
  2. Earthquake Museum
  3. Waterfall Hiking Trails

Arts, Culture and Museums:

Historical Tulbagh revolves around Agriculture, religion and trade.

  1. Tulbagh Church Street – The highest number of heritage Cape Dutch, Victorian and Edwardian buildings in one street in South Africa
  2. Earthquake Museum – Commemorating the 29th of September 1969 earthquake
  3. Oude Kerk Volksmuseum – Old Church Museum (1795)
  4. Christo Coetzee museum – Art Museum

Markets and Shopping:

The festivals around Tulbagh are renowned for their family-friendly atmosphere – well worth a visit

  1. Christmas in Winter (June)
  2. Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival (September)
  3. Tulbagh Horse & Wildflower Show (September)
  4. Tulbagh Nursery (All year)

Sports and Wellness:

Tulbagh is well loved for the following outdoor sports.

  1. Cycling
  2. Hiking
  3. Horseback riding

Golfing:

The closest golf courses in the area:

  1. Ceres Golf Course

Health Resorts and Spas:

Several accommodation properties offer in-house spas.

  1. The Tulbagh Hotel and Spa
  2. Vindoux Tree House Guest Farm and Spa

Adventure:

The mountains, vineyards and orchards surrounding Tulbagh offer the following adventurous activities.

  • Buchanan’s Brewery
    Ceres Zipline Adventures
    Cycle Hire – Wine by Bike @ Vindoux
    De Oude Drostdy
    Duikersdrift Parkrun
    Fynbos Café & Farmstall
    Fynbos Guest Farm and Animal Sanctuary
    Lizards Gift Shop @ Tarzan Shoes
    Mountain Bike Hire @ The Tulbagh Hotel
    Murludi Hiking Trail
    Silwerfontein
    Tulbagh Horse Trails
    Tulbagh Scenic Tractor Ride
    Tulbagh Tuk Tuk Tours
    Waterfall Eco Trails
    Waverley Hills Hiking Trail

The natural environment:

Fynbos: an abundance of Fynbos, but an abundance in variation too, including:

  1. Breede Alluvium Fynbos
  2. Breede Shale Fynbos
  3. Breede Shale Renosterveld,
  4. Hawequas Sandstone Fynbos
  5. Kouebokkeveld Shale Fynbos
  6. Swartland Alluvium Fynbos
  7. WInterhoek Sandstone Fynbos

Natural Attractions in the area:

Tulbagh has great natural diversity, especially in floral and bird species and interesting geological formations.

Nature centered Activities:

  1. Oudekloof Farm – Hike or take a tractor ride up to the crest of the Old Oudekloof Pass, with views over the Swartland and the Tulbagh valley, Fynbos and bird-life. Stay for some of their
  2. Silwerfontein – Famous for birding and Fynbos, hiking, mountain biking, fishing.
  3. Murludi Hiking Trail River or mountain hiking trails
  4. Waterfall Eco Trails
  5. Waverley Hills Hiking trail
  6. Mountain Bike Hire @ the Tulbagh Hotel
  7. Tulbagh Horse trails

Birds to look out for in the area:

With around 350 species recorded, here is a small extract of birds you could find in the area:

Blue Crane – South Africa’s National bird

Common: Apalis Bar-Throated, several Canaries, Cape Batis, Bishop Yellow and Red, Wax-Bill Swee, Cuckoo, Doves, Guinea Fowl, Ibis Sacred and Hadeda, Neddicky, Nightjar, Grassbird, Mousebird, Several Martins, Swallows, Swifts, Flycatchers(African Paradise, Blue Mantled Crested, African Dusky and Spotted), Pigeons, Starling

Endemic: Cape Rock-Thrush, Cape Weaver, Francolin(Cape and Grey-winged), Greater Double-Collared Sunbird, Ground Woodpecker, Hoopoe, Orange-Breasted Sunbird, Protea Seed-eater, Whydah, Victorin’s Warbler

Raptors: Jackal Buzzard, Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, African Goshawk, Black Harrier, Rock Kestrel, Owls., Sparrowhawk, Osprey, Kite,
Waterbirds: Avocet, Coot, Cisticola, Ducks, Egret, Flamingo, Geese, Grebe, Heron, Kingfisher, Moorhen, Pelican, Plover, Warbler

2 Best Mountain Bike Trails in the area:

Tulbagh offers a few scenic Mountain Bike Trails in the Tulbagh valley. Silwerfontein Nature reserve offers an intermediate circular MTB route. The Hermanus cycle track and Onrus gorge route.

  1. Silwerfontein – 16 km, easy, circular
  2. Tulbagh valley. 13 to 29 km. Easy to intermediate. Maps are available from the Tulbagh tourism Bureau on Church street. From 7 km family friendly, 50 minutes to 60 km, 150 minutes, challenging circular routes.

5 Best Hiking Trails in the area:

  • For all South African hikes, take:
  • sunscreen,
  • hat,
  • water,
  • rain protection,
  • jacket,
  • cell phone with emergency numbers for the area loaded.

Do not hike alone – for your own safety.

Beware of baboons – stay away from them, do not feed them.

  1.  Waverley Hills hiking trail
  2. Waterfall Eco trail Guided, slack packing day hikes – Waterfall, Fynbos, historical routes, orchards and vineyards.
  3. Silwerfontein Hiking Route to Ontongs Cave, some wild animals, good birding, fynbos and Proteas
  4. Murludi Hiking trail – Spectacular valley views, diverse plant life, different routes.

3 Best 4×4 tracks in the area:

The valley has no 4×4 routes, but Ceres is close by and has a route, with incredible views.

  1. Matroosberg 4×4 (Ceres)

Accommodation

Tulbagh has a wide variety of accommodation and caters for all tastes and budgets. As accommodation can change quickly due to circumstances, please check current ratings and comments on your favourite trip planner. 

2 Luxury Tulbagh Accommodation options:

For those seeking more luxurious Accommodation

  1. Tulbagh Boutique Heritage Hotel
  2. Rijks Wine Estate and Hotel

5 Guest Houses and BnB:

A few well appointed Guest House and Bed and Breakfast

  1. Villa Tarentaal
  2. Rijks Wine Estate and Hotel
  3. Manley Wine Estate
  4. Reflections Guest House
  5. Raptor Rise
  6. Bergsicht Country Farm & Town Cottages
  7. Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages
  8. Vindoux Tree House Guest Farm & Spa 

5 Farm Stays:

The scenic beauty of the area can be felt in accommodation outside of town

  1. Nibbana Farm
  2. Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages
  3. Reflections Guest House
  4. Raptor Rise
  5. Bergsicht Country Farm & Town Cottages
  6. Vindoux Tree House Guest Farm & Spa 
  7. Manley Wine Estate

1 Self Catering Accommodation options:

You will be spoilt for choice – here are 5

  1. Manley Wine Estate

3 Pet Friendly Accommodation options:

A few establishments allow pets: Please enquire directly with the establishments beforehand

  1. Vindoux Tree House Guest Farm & Spa 
  2. Villa Tarentaal
  3. Reflections Guest Farm

2 Camping options:

Camping will offer a way to get closer to this naturally interesting area.

  1. Fraaigelegen Farm
  2. Die Eike Private Camping

Info Details Tulbagh Tourism:

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Jacques Fouche

Jacques has been a keen travel junkie, for as long as he can remember. Having spent his childhood in Namibia, Limpopo province in South Africa (near the Kruger National Park ) and KZN in South Africa and later Cape Town, always been surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery. Qualifying as a safari guide in 1996, Jacques guided over virtually all possible natural eco systems and travelled over hundreds of thousands of kilometers, through all the southern African countries. Later he spent 8 years living and working in Austria, mixing cultural, city and natural scenic travels all across Europe.

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