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Lying in a well-watered valley and surrounded by two mountain ranges, Wellington’s protected location and rich soils are ideal for fruit production and vineyards. Early Dutch and French settlers recognised this and today the town is renowned for quality pot-still brandy and fine wines, and is the country’s dried fruit HQ. Wellington is also a major supplier of vine rootstock material, free of the phylloxera aphid that once almost obliterated the world’s wine industry.
Wellington is an academic centre with several campuses and student digs spread throughout the town. It has its own wine route set amongst sloping green hills that will surprise and delight any traveller but what makes Wellington truly stand out is the friendliness of the people, quick with a smile and happy to stop and chat.
Wellington is an hour’s drive from Cape Town, reached via the main northern highway.
Top 8 reasons to visit Wellington
1. Take a walk through the town to appreciate the large church, the Cape Dutch architecture, the Wellington Museum and the Breytenbach Centre, complete with restful garden gallery, book trader store, ceramic studio and dinner theatre venue.
2. Drive out on the Ceres road to view the old British blockhouse built during the South African War, then double-back to cross the single lane Lady Loch bridge, the country’s first all-steel bridge construction. Stop here to relax at the Berg River passing under the bridge.
3. Travel the Bain’s Kloof pass to admire the amazing feats of engineering employed to build this scenic pass. Expect to see baboon troops along the way. The popular Tweede Tol resort (120 person limit) is at the end of the pass and located on the banks of the White River.
4. Hike the Limietberg Nature Reserve to reach the almost 2km-high du Toit’s peak. Interesting stops along the route are an old manganese mine, graves... Show more