Tucked away between the sheltered mountains lies the magical Ceres Valley, and the picturesque town of Wellington. Come and explore these historical towns in the Western Cape.
Located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route
Ceres and Wellington are located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route. Ceres was named after the Roman goddess of agriculture and fertility and is known for its fruit, juices and snow in winter. It is also a nature lovers playground with endless mountain paths, rock climbing routes, and mountain bike trails to explore. There are three ways to get to Ceres from Cape Town and each route is an adventure. The first leg of the journey is from Cape Town to Wellington.
Wellington is 75 km from Cape Town travelling on the N1 and then the R44, or via a slightly longer more scenic route via the N7 which feeds into the West Coast, turning inland at Philadelphia onto the R304.
Founded in 1840 Wellington has an exquisite church and many Cape Dutch buildings. Thanks to Doctor Andrew Murray it is known as the birthplace of education for women in South Africa. There is a Heritage Walk around the town that tells the stories of Wellington and its development.
Situated at the base of the Hessequa Mountains this attractive town is one of the most under rated wine producing areas. The Wellington Wine Route has 15 wine producers comprised of one major producer-cellar, family-owned wine estates, boutique wineries and four potstill brandy and spirits producers, most offering tasting room facilities and cellar tours.
From Wellington to Ceres the adventure gets real as a huge mountain separates these two towns, but three incredible routes make it tough to decide which way to go. The only real solution is to visit Ceres and Wellington at least three times.
The first route is via the world-renowned and quite remarkable Bains Kloof Pass. Twenty kilometres of hairpin bends, winding roads and breathtaking views before another 20 km of the more sedate Mitchells Pass that gently descends down into the town.
The second route is along the R44 encompassing the lovely small towns of Hermon, Wolseley and Tulbagh and the Nuwekloof Pass.
The third route takes you back onto the N1 from Wellington and peels off onto the R101 to Rawsonville and then Mitchells Pass and into the town.
Each route is incredibly scenic with numerous wineries, farmstalls or still places to stop, breathe and admire the views. This area is ideal road trips or days out on an adventure of discovery.
Ceres and Wellington are located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route
Open 7 Days a week
Distance from Cape Town: 135km
Coordinates: 33.4007° S, 19.2950° E