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City Tulbagh

Tulbagh is beautifully situated in the "Deserted Valley" of the Western Cape at an hour's drive from Cape Town. A valley where the Khoi and Bushmen stayed millennia before the Dutch and the Huguenots settled here since 1658. They named the place after the Cape Governor Rijk Tulbagh.

And time reminiscent of the settlers is to be found everywhere, especially in the beautiful restored Cape Dutch houses and some Edwardian and Victorian monuments of which the village is rich in. Take a historical walk through the village - possibly with a guide and just go back in time! More than 30 houses are here among the monuments, all in one street.

The Tulbagh Valley is surrounded by mountains like the Obiqua Mountains, Winterhoek Mountains and Witzenberg Mountains. The 'Great Winter Corner Mountains' towers above the landscape and with a peak of 2077 meters above sea level. The name must be clear and refers to snowy peaks in winter. Beautiful pictures deliver this, as the sun shines in the valley on the discolouring vineyards with snowy mountains in the background!

A short distance from Tulbagh you can find Stellenbosch, Worcester, Franschhoek, Paarl and Cape Town and to the South African it is nice for a weekend for walking, hiking or mountain biking in this valley. Nature is exuberant and wild Buchu and proteas like other flowering Fynbos you can really see everywhere on your journey through nature. In the spring it is swarming with the wild flowers and not to mention all the fruit trees as they are in full bloom ... In the valley the finest and tastiest vegetables grows like; pears, peaches, plums, white and red grapes but also corn and olives do excellent here.

The charming village of Tulbagh is located in the Boland Winelands which is perfect to go along by bike through historic vineyards. "Wine and Bike" is also a favourite bike route here!

Be sure to bring a visit to a wine farm, olive farm or a place where they combine the two. Enjoy delicious fresh local food in restaurants that radiate in the summer and winter fun. Or go looking for the place where fresh cheese and chocolate are made and what about honey, dried and preserved fruit, mmmmm. Tomorrow again you go running out to get those extra pounds off while, riding, walking or cycling.

A little further towards Ceres you can go Foefie-sliding, a fun adventure through the Ceres Valley, or 4x4 driving in the Matroosberg reserve. But you do not really have to go far as there is plenty of entertainment in and around Tulbagh itself.

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