This story was updated on 23 April 2019.
As South Africa’s Care Capital, Worcester is renowned for its superb facilities for deaf and blind folk; less known is that diverse attractions await visitors to this beautiful Boland town.
Fauna, flora, art, craft, wine and adventure – and more – all live here against a mountain backdrop. Keri Harvey shares 13 things to do in Worcester during your next visit…
- It has arguably the best wines in South Africa, if not the world – and award winning olive products at Willow Creek.
- The monthly Pure Boland Market at the green shed in Brandwacht is epic – on the first Saturday of the month from 9am to 2pm. To find out more, mail [email protected], or call +27 (0) 82 301 8561 or +27 (0) 23 342 3538.
- Gary Player designed the 18-hole golf course.
- The Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens are over 150 hectares of succulents and Karoo plants from around the country.
- Neo classical and gabled architecture surrounds Church Square and feels like you are stepping back in time.
- The furniture and weaving made by Innovation for the Blind is world class.
- You can watch master glassblower David Reade in action in his Church Street studio.
- The Big Five live at Fairy Glen Game Reserve just out of town.
- You can dine in a restaurant that started in a dam and is now built around a huge ficus tree – at Damas.
- South Africa’s first and only practising blind barista is in action at Blindiana Coffee Shop in Church Street.
- Pampoen Padstal outside town is iconic, quirky and perfect to stock up on home made treats.
- Outdoor enthusiasts have ample on offer: canoeing and boating on the Breede River, hiking, mountain biking, birding, fishing, camping and 4×4 routes.
- The only porcelain restorer in the Western Cape – Werner Scheepers – lives in Worcester and works from Church Street.
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Words and Photography Keri Harvey, keri-harvey.com