Route 62 is modeled after the iconic US Route 66, made famous by the late, great Nat King Cole in the song of the mid 20th century. Travelers headed for the Garden Route will find that Route 62 offers a better alternative to the dull N2 motorway between Cape Town and George, being more scenic and slightly shorter. This well-maintained blacktop highway meanders from Worcester, by way of the Breede River Valley, through Robertson, Ashton and Montagu, then the Klein Karoo landmark towns and then on to George and the Garden Route ...
The road follows winding and spectacular mountain passes that slowly unfold before your eyes, leading to lush green valleys hosting crystal streams and framed by the distorted geological shapes and colours of rock faces dating from hundreds of millions of years ago. Then there is the abundance of indigenous flora. No fewer than 500 different species of succulents are to be seen along Route 62. Orchards and vineyards are there in abundance, too. The main highway traversing this fascinating land, Route 62, is reputed to be the longest wine route in the world. And keep an eye on dams and wetlands for a chance to spot the Blue Crane, South Africa’s national bird and an endangered species often visible along Route 62.
As we drove back to Oudtshoorn, we passed a couple of interesting cars and a home-made bike. I had to take a photo!
One was a lovely, well-cared-for vintage car, which was going veeery slowly... and the other was of a man on a home-made bike! He was peddling uphill!!!
The third photo is of a bakkie with some blokes on the back of it... this is typical for South Africa.. when there isnt space in the cab, people sit in the back.
You have to have a car to get around this area.
There are no trains and hardly any buses.
You will need to hire a car (Nova Car Hire is fantastic), or go as part of a tour group, in a bus.
Nova car hire are cheap, with excellent service. We have used them a few times, ordering a car necessary for wherever we will be travelling.. and they have been on time and all has been fine.
One of the very scenic routes that passes along Oudtshoorn is the route 62 that travels from Cape Town via Worcester - Robertson - Montagu - Barrydale - Ladismith - Calitzburg to Oudtshoorn and then continues to Prince Albert. The scenic route runs paralell to the two mountain ranges that flank the Little Karoo and offer some of the best wine estates in the country.
Both the Baz Bus and Translux (the service goes via George) run services to Oudtshoorn from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Check their web pages: www.bazbus.co.za and www.translux.co.za for more information.
Most of the visitors would probably arrive by car. If you do from Port Elizabeth or Cape Town you would travel along the N2 National Road. Coming from Cape Town turn off the N2 in Mossel Bay and head inland on the R328, if you come from Port Elizabeth turn off the N2 in George and head inland on the R 29 where you cross the Outeniqua Pass.
The second airline to operate flights to George is Nationwide from Johannesburg. Routes and schedules can be found on their web page below.
The closest airport to Oudtshoorn is George. SAA the national air carrier offers services from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban to this airport on the Garden Route.