I love visiting this quaint town that’s only a 90-minute drive from Cape Town.
Words and images by Ann Gadd
The drive itself if you go via the N7 and Malmesbury, travels past the scenic town of Riebeeck Kasteel, which is a great stop-off point. From there the road winds through vineyards past the hamlet of Hermon and then through the narrow scenic Winterhoek Pass after which a left turn off the R46 takes you to Tulbagh itself. Once there my favourite things to do include:
1. Church Street: Take a walk down scenic Church Street (it runs parallel to the main road). Its lined with shady oaks and harbours a feast of small restaurants, shops and the odd guest house as well as the tourism centre.
2. The Kitchen Gardens: Leading off Church Street is the entrance to the Kitchen Gardens. Bridget Kipley designed this ornamental kitchen garden beginning in 2014. It’s open to visitors every day. Roughly 40 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown here. On either side of the garden are great examples of Cape Dutch houses. The aim is to supply local restaurants and residents. It makes for an interesting stroll.
3. Moniki chocolates on Klipfontein Guest Estate. Just outside Tulbagh you’ll find the Klipfontein Guest Estate. Park your car in the parking area and walk down to the small cottage in front of the Manor House. Here a treat awaits in the form of Moniki chocolates. Enjoy a tasting accompanied buy coffee, tea, Amarula or brandy sitting outdoors whilst watching the chickens at play. It’s a good spot for kids to play while you enjoy the many chocolate delights.
4. Try to plan your visit to take in one of the special events held annually, such as the Christmas in Winter (held in June), or the September Spring Arts Festival for visual and performing arts, or my favourite, the Tulbagh Horse & Wildflower Show held in late September/early October. It’s the longest-running agricultural exhibition in South Africa.
5. Horse riding: Fancy a horse ride through the beautiful Witzenberg Fynbos as well as through a forest? Ever ridden in the moonlight? Horse About Trails offers a variety of rides (you can even have a private ride) on beautiful horses. For beginners, the night ride is a walk only (it’s too dangerous too to anything faster), whilst there are rides more advanced riders. It’s a stunning way to view nature.