Route 62, South Africa

As in many parts of the world, the secondary roads seem to hold much more than the highways. Route 62 is an alternative to the N2 between Cape Town and the Garden Route.

There is far less traffic, the towns are much smaller but also more interesting. There are no huge fuel complexes. Small industries, coffee shops and wineries keep travellers amused and sustained on this definitely less rushed route.

Route 62 is the route for the tourist, moving between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route and Port Elizabeth, providing the shorter, scenic option to the N2 highway. It's an area of stunning landscapes, sparkling clear streams, trees and flora allowing the Breede River Valley and the Klein Karoo to offer amazing bio-diversity.

Everything about Route 62 constantly changes. Route 62 takes one on amazing adventures, along scenic passes and through the longest wine route in the Western Cape, most likely the whole world.

The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as the multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure - whether this is in the physical sense or simply a kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility.

Where it begins and ends depends on just how literal you want to be. The actual R62 runs from Montage to Humansdorp, but the marketing R62 starts a bit closer to Cape Town in Worcester, or even Tulbagh and pretty much peters out after De Rust (which isn't on the actual R62). It's a lovely area and you will have a great time whether or not you stick to the literal R62.

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