Route 62 is a tourist route in South Africa that meanders between Cape Town, Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route, and Port Elizabeth, offering the scenic alternative to the N2 highway. Route 62 is named for the R62 provincial route, which it follows from Montagu to Humansdorp, but the tourist route extends further along other highways to Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Also known as the Wine Route, Route 62 leads through the wine-growing areas of Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and the Klein Karoo and is thus one of the longest wine routes in the world. Activities along Route 62 include wine tours, safari drives, tribal art, cultural tours, museums, hiking, mountain climbing, 4×4 routes, canoeing, horse riding, ostrich riding, fishing, caving, and even skydiving.
Route 62 spans a distance of 850 km from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.
Places of interest
Between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth you will be able to stop in the following towns:
Montagu – with its thermal baths and fruit trees
Barrydale and Ladismith – beautiful towns, extremely popular amongst hikers
Zoar and Amalienstein – former mission stations
Calitzdorp – the centre of the South African Port wine production
Oudtshoorn – South African centre of Ostrich breeding
Robertson – The valley of wine and roses