Route 62

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Route 62 is an important Historical Route that links small farming communities with the two major harbour towns of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth in South Africa. There are strong similarities between Route 62 and Route 66 in the United States of America: they were both built to connect small farming communities with two major harbour towns in the 1920s and they were both replaced by highways in the 1950s. Like the Route 66 in the USA, Route 62 lost its glory when the N2 Highway was completed in 1958 through the seemingly endless cornfields.
Close to midway between Cape Town and the Garden Route lies a cluster of 5 unique and special villages comprising Montagu (well-known for its friendly accommodation and hot springs and also voted by 2.4 million people their ‘Village of the Year’) Robertson, Ashton, Bonnievale (centre of the Valley of Wine and Roses-Robertson Wine Valley) and McGregor (old cottages and arts). Together these make up the Langerberg Municipality – branded as the 'Heart of Route 62', offering a third major destination in the Cape for visitors to spend 4 or 5 days.
Route 62 offers more sun-and-fun days than coastal tourism destinations and is less crowded, less expensive and much friendlier. From Cape Town to Oudtshoorn, the Route 62 option is 70 km shorter than the N2. Whilst on the way to the Garden Route, you also pass through 14 beautiful and historical villages lined by stunning mountain ranges. The diversity of vegetation and scenery makes this route the Traveller’s Route and one should spend as much time as possible enjoying the drive and relaxing (while saving fuel) for 4 or 5 days in the Heart of Route 62.
Below is an outline itinerary.

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town

Day 2: Cape Town

Day 3: Cape Town to Paarl

Day 5: Montagu - Swellendam - Zuurbraak - Barrydale- Montagu

Day 6: Tractor trip or rock climbing?

Day 7: Robertson Wine Valley Route (52 km round trip)

Day 7: Montagu - Bonnievale - Bredasdorp - Elim - L’Agulhas - Hermanus - Montagu

Day 8: Montagu-McGregor-Robertson-Ashton-Montagu

Day 9: Depart for Oudtshoorn

Day 10: Oudtshoorn

Day 11:12 Prince Albert/Oudtshoorn

Day 13 to 15: Knysna and the Garden Route

Day 16: Depart for Cape Town via Hermanus