Route 62 is the tourist route, that meanders from Cape Town via Oudtshoorn to Port Elizabeth, offering a scenic alternative to the N2 highway. It is an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams as well as an abundance of trees and indigenous flora. All contribute to making the Breede River Valley and the Klein Karoo (Little Karoo) two of the Western Cape's most diverse regions.
The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards as well as the multitude of attractions will offer you an unforgetable adventure. This can either be in the physical sense or simply in the kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility.
Route 62 will take you along the longest wine route in the world and the easily accesible towns, nestled along the valleys, all offer ample opportunity for discovery - from visits to game reserves, tribal art, cultural tours, museums and for the more adventurous: hiking trails and mountain climbing, 4x4 routes, canoeing, horse riding, even ostrich riding, fishing and caving.
Driving on this tourist route is an exciting experience, even for the well-travelled. When you are tired after a long day's travel, you can unwind in one of the region's invigorating hot-springs, revel in luxury or relax in rustic tranquility.
The Little Karoo is the smallest of the Karoo region that includes the Great Karoo and the main Karoo. This fertile valley is bounded by the Swartberg Mountain in the north and the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains in the south. Oudtshoorn is not only the main artery of the Little Karoo, but is also the ostrich capital of the world. The little town rose to fame when ostrich feathers became a serious fashion accessory in Europe, especially for the use on hats. Today the region is the leader in ostrich products, from meat to leather to artistically designed ostrich eggs, even ostrich races!
Route 62 & Little Karoo - Map