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The Breed River Valley is an immensely fertile region flanked by two towering mountain ranges and a river flowing through its centre. Livestock, wine and fruit farms along the river are neatly divided, creating a patchwork of coloured hues, the valley completed by pretty little towns lining the roads, all spotless and welcoming.
The warm valley floor and hot sun is a perfect recipe for the cultivating of sweet wines and ideal too, for fruit growing. Temperatures rise into the 30s during summer and in the winter the days are crisp, averaging 14° Celsius.
The valley is named after the Breede River, breede meaning wide in Dutch. Farming the valley increased markedly in the 1830s when an intrepid entrepreneur, Joseph Barry, first sent a boat down the river to deliver provisions. He and his nephews established a trade route on the river and today the town of Barrydale honours their name.
The fresh champagne air, friendly residents and interesting attractions makes for a relaxed vacation.
Top 8 reasons to visit the Breede River Valley
1. Photographers will revel in the ever-changing scenes, dramatic panoramas and character portraits available to them in the Breede River Valley. Autumn in the Hex River Valley is a popular spot to photograph the fields splashed with gold, red and deep orange colours.
2. Church Street in Tulbagh is crammed with national heritage sites and a museum ticket grants entry into three of the old restored homes and the beautiful church that escaped the devastating earthquake of 1969. Have a meal under the large trees inhabited by several giant eagle owls at the Paddagang restaurant.
3. Worcester is the largest town in the Breed River Valley and has a casino and the sprawling Mountain Mill shopping centre at its entrance. On the outskirts of town is the Kleinplasie Living Open Air Museum, a village modelled on... Show more
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.