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Welcome To The Breede River Information Portal

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The Breede River, also known as Breë River, is a river in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Travelling inland north from Cape Town, the river runs in a west to east direction.
Length: 337 km
Basin area: 12,384 km²
Mouths: Indian Ocean, Witsand
Sources: Titus River, Dwarsrivier
Cities: • AshtonBonnievale • Bainskloof • Ceres • De Doorns • Malgas • McGregor • Montagu • Rawsonville • Robertson • Tulbagh • Worcester

The Breede River Valley is the largest fruit and wine producing valley in the Western Cape and is South Africa's leading racehorse breeding area.This semiarid area, part of the Little Karoo, offers magnificent scenery and is known for its indigenous fynbos and proteas. The clear mountain streams are in stark contrast with their rugged surrounds and the wildlife in the reserves offer visitors a chance to get a taste of Africa. Cape Route 62 that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn runs through the Breede River Valley.

The Breede River Valley stretches from Gouda in the west and McGregor in the south, to Montagu in the east and the Karoo in the north. Worcester (1822) is the business and shopping centre of the Breede River Valley. It is a large wine producing area and has 20 wine cellars on its wine route.

The Wine Route and The Karoo National Botanical Garden (the only truly succulent garden) The picturesque town of Robertson (1853) is the centre of the horse breeding industry in the Western Cape and a major wine growing area.

The village of McGregor is 20 km from Robertson and has quaint whitewashed cottages and well preserved Victorian houses. The natural beauty of the area makes it popular with hikers. Ashton is a small village at the foot of the Langeberg and is the fruit processing centre for much of the fruit grown in the

McGregor, originally known as Lady Grey, offers the best examples of 19th century Cape architecture with its end-gables, stable doors and thatched roofs. The Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail links McGregor with the nearby village of Greyton. The trail abounds with numerous species of flora and fauna including some rare examples of protea and heather.
Hikers considering taking this trail should be warned that it can be extremely strenuous and even dangerous during winter months.

A valid permit has to be carried at all times. The Limietberg Nature Reserve along the Du Toitskloof Pass is also a popular hiking route.

The region may be best known for its wines but the variety of attractions, activities, accommodation, and culinary delights on offer - combined with spectacular scenery and the warm hospitality of the people, makes it a superb getaway. No matter what time of year and no matter whom the visitor, the Breede River Valley ensures visitors an unforgettable stay.

Gouda is a small village near Voelvlei Dam. Ceres was established in 1849 after the completion of Mitchell's Pass (the Toll House on the pass is a national monument) Tulbagh is a historical town with a wealth of charming Cape Dutch architecture. Wolseley near Tulbagh was established in 1875. The Breede River Valley is truly a valley for all seasons and the only valley with no less than 10 exquisite scenic entrances.

At Montagu you will find the world famous healing hot mineral springs. The Old English Fort (1899) is positioned above the road leading into Montagu in Cogmanskloof and Long Street has 14 of the town's 22 national monuments. There are three alternative routes from Cape Town to Ceres - two through Wellington taking visitors through Baines Kloof (winding old road) or Gouda (R44) and the third route is through Worcester (R43).

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