In 2017, Route 62 was voted amongst the world’s best road trip routes by CNN Travel. This is a major feather in the cap considering the stiff competition faced from the most scenic roads around the globe. If you haven’t taken a Route 62 road trip, that alone should be motivating you to compile your Route 62 itinerary in preparation for that trip! Don’t fret though, I’ve got you covered with starting on that list – especially if you’re planning to tackle Route 62 with kids.
So many places to visit on Route 62!
The best way to start off your Route 62 planner is to start at the very beginning of course! This list of places to visit on Route 62 will start just after the town of Worcester which will also make for a great first stop on your road trip. Planning your list all depends on who you’re with and where your end destination will be. So take your pick from the list of wonderful places below!
If you’re wondering where to stop on Route 62 for a relaxed bite to eat when travelling with kids then Overhex Winery and Bistro is your answer. Situated just outside the town of Worcester it’s the perfect family stop. They have a play area for under 3 year olds inside the bistro and a jungle gym outside next to the outdoor dining area for the older children. The food is also delicious; we had their wood fired pizza and curry mince vetkoek. The kiddies menu features all their favourites and definitely won’t disappoint the older kids. For mom and dad, Overhex also offers tastings of their Survivor and Balance wines – you’ll be intrigued by the story of their Nguni cow!
Bistro Trading Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 09:30 – 15:30 | Contact: +27 23 347 5012 | www.overhexbistro.com
Countless bright orange pumpkins line the entrance to this unique farmstall, beckoning you to stop and find out more about this little place! Die Pampoenstalletjie has a wide selection of jams, preserves, rusks, homemade cookies and they also sell various handmade items. The beautiful pumpkins are also available for purchase – whether you want to display or eat them is up to you!
Trading Hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00 – 17:00 and Saturday/Sunday from 09:00 – 17:00 | Contact: +27 83 651 4990
Rooiberg Winery is home to the iconic red chair; the biggest one in Africa and one of the most recognised Route 62 attractions. This child-friendly stop has a restaurant and farmstall with plenty to keep the kids and adults happy. There’s a sandpit for the little ones and a jumping castle for the older children. The menu is well priced and so are their award-winning wines. Don’t leave without taking a photo on the red chair – it’s a Route 62 must see!
Restaurant Trading Hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00 – 17:00 and Saturday from 09:00 – 16:00 | Contact: +27 23 626 1663 | www.rooiberg.co.za
Glen Eden Farm
Glen Eden farm is situated 14km outside of Montagu on Route 62. Each cottage on comes with its own splash pool, perfect for summer getaways while admiring the views and sizzling meat on the coals in the background. The vast open landscape is the ideal setting for stargazing. And if you’re into glamping, there’s also the Glen Eden Ranch. The ranch has a pod and tepee tent which sleeps four as well as a convenient kitchen and bathroom area.
www.glenedenfarm.co.za | Contact: +27 71 100 2782
The recently opened MWS bistro is another one of the child-friendly Route 62 restaurants. The bistro forms part of the Montagu Wine and Spirits company who are known for their award-winning Muscadel. They also offer wine tastings and their wines are available to purchase directly from the bistro. There’s plenty to keep the kiddies entertained outside – jungle gym, sandpit, hula hoops, you name it! And with plans to develop their beautiful big property, you’d be wise to keep your eyes on this gem as one of the places to visit on Route 62.
www.mws.za.com | Contact: +27 23 614 1340
Karoo Pride En Route 62
Karoo Pride has eight self-catering cottages which are equipped with all the getaway necessities such as kitchen and braai facilities. This Montagu farm accommodation also has four hiking trails that are great for family walks. During summer you can cool off in the pool after your hike. Enjoy a sundowner at the lookout deck overlooking the dam and majestic mountains while soaking in the tranquil surroundings.
www.karoopride-route62.co.za | email@example.com
If you’re looking for some interesting things to do on Route 62, make Barrydale Cellar one of your stops. Taste their internationally acclaimed brandy with the specially designed food pairing. You can expect enticing flavours such as fig, gorgonzola and chocolate. If you’re going to linger linger for a bite to eat, I highly recommend their woodfired pizzas!
www.barrydalewines.co.za | Contact: +27 28 572 1012
Ronnie’s Sex Shop
One version of the rumour has it that a group of mischievous teenagers kept on spray painting the ‘s’ word on Ronnies Shop. The other version says that Ronnie’s friends painted the word on the wall as a prank. Either way you look at it, Ronnie’s Sex Shop has become one of the biggest Route 62 places of interest purely because of its provocative name! The pub attracts foreigners and locals alike who come to add to the mass of underwear strung from the ceiling, write their names on the wall and meet the cool owner.
Contact: +27 28 572 1153
Places to visit just off Route 62
The amount of places to visit on Route 62 are enough to keep you busy for hours but don’t leave out the gems which are situated just off the world famous route!
Sheilam Cactus Farm is the first stop on the Klaasvoogds Meander and has a cactus garden as well as a nursery on site. Their wide variety of cacti has interesting names such as Horses’ Teeth, Elephant Feet and Mother-in-law’s Chair! Sheilam also offers guided garden tours (bookings essential) where they go a bit more in-depth on the details of the plants.
Trading Hours: Monday to Thursday from 08:00 – 17:00 and Friday to Sunday 08:00 – 16:00 | www.sheilamnursery.com | Contact: +27 23 626 4133
The Montagu Village Market is held every Saturday in the Euvrard Park right opposite the tourism bureau in Bath Street. The market is a good way to mingle with the locals and chat to those who’ve made the move from city to farm life. You’ll also get local produce at a fraction of the price – like 1 litre bottle of olive oil for only R85. Two vendors not to miss are Karoo Coffee and the book stand but you’ll be spoiled for choice either way!
** Parts of the visits mentioned in this post were sponsored. As always, all views are my own, uninfluenced and completely honest.