Charming Tulbagh: This Week's Top SA Destination

Tulbagh - Western CapeTulbagh - Western Cape
Tulbagh - Western CapeTulbagh - Western Cape



Tulbagh​ as a popular tourist destination has many exciting activity options for visitors to this beautiful town.

Activities range from thrilling to the more sedate depending on what you seek.

When in doubt always contact the local tourism office who will be more than happy to help with recommendations to suit your needs.

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Charming Tulbagh: This Week's Top SA Destination

Visit Tulbagh for arguably the best scenery in South Africa - a Cape country town offering everything from tree house accommodation to chocolate and wine tasting and plenty of delicious plums.

Quick Tulbagh facts

Setting: Expect to see mountain ranges in every direction (The Obiqua mountains to the west, the Winterhoek to the north and the Witzenberg to the east). Find proteas in abundance.

Culture: Plenty of craft shops to satisfy everyone's hippie side. Christmas in winter is held every year in June and includes a Father Christmas procession where treats are handed out and an impressive display of twinkling lights. The Horse and Wildflower shower is another highly anticipated event in the area.

Unique Features: The earthquake museum reminds visitors of the 1969 earthquake which damaged many of the town's historical monuments (buildings that were later restored to near former glory).

Activities: Enjoy chocolate tasting at Moniki Chocolates or wine or cheese tasting at one of the area's numerous farms. Fun sporting activities available include horse riding, hiking, canoeing, fishing and swimming. Two popular walks are a short walk to the waterfalls and a one day hike to nearby caves.

Produce: The area supplies a staggering 70% of the country's plums and also produces exceptional wines and olive oils.

History: The first European settlers arrived in 1658. The town itself was built in 1743. Many original buildings still stand and Tulbagh has the highest concentration of national monuments on one street in South Africa.

Nearby Areas: Tulbagh is under two hour's drive from Cape Town. Other nearby towns include Wolseley, Ceres, Wellington, Malmesbury, Paarl, Franschhoek, Worcester, Stellenbosch and Gouda.

Accommodation: If you're looking for accommodation with a difference, Vindoux, 5kms out of Tulbagh, offers the only luxury tree houses in South Africa. The accommodation includes a day spa, gym and picturesque gardens. On a budget? Opt for camping at the beautiful Wild Olive farm for R40 a night. Attractions at the farm include dams for fishing and bicycle trails.

Tulbagh has bucket loads of charm and stacks of character and also makes for a perfect weekend getaway from crowded Cape Town. Visiting one of the country's best kept secrets need not be expensive either. There are plenty of camping options available for the summer months or winter specials for the colder months, enabling you to enjoy cheaper rates and roaring fireplaces.

Useful contact details:

Tulbagh Tourism: 023 2301375

Vrolikheid Horse Riding centre: 023 2300615

Tulbagh Wine Cellars: 023 2301001

Wild Olive Farm (camping): 023 230 1160

Vindoux Accommodation: (luxury or winter specials) 023 2300 635

Phil writes about holiday [] for the South Africa travel & adventure directory, Leeulekker.

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