Choose from these 10 best places to stay on Route 62, South Africa. The drive is considered the world’s longest wine route. The scenic route meanders through the Klein Karoo and Langkloof fruit valley, and along the way there are plenty of places to stay.
Narrowing our choice down to only 10 was a difficult task as the many places to stay on Route 62 are of a particularly high standard!
Keep scrolling, because if you think the first few accommodation offerings are exciting, wait until you see the last!
10 best places to stay on Route 62…
Rooiberg Safaris Game Lodge, Ladismith
A bush experience with an unanticipated modern twist, Rooiberg Safaris has just three bedrooms that spill out onto a patio overlooking a waterhole and a farm the size of Manhattan, the Rooiberg Mountains your backdrop. What makes this experience different is that you can hire the entire lodge (only 3 rooms) for your family meet up, or friends, or simply book one room.
One way you get the 5000 hectare farm with its roaming wildlife, private chef and game ranger to yourself, or the other you share only with a few people (although the restaurant opens up to the public, as do game drives). Either way it’s an experience. Did we mention the spa and the stars?
A Villa with a contemporary flourish, Ballinderry is a find (even guests with a ‘hotels only’ policy are prepared to give this Route 62 stay a whirl). Clean lines, wooden and tiled floors, modern bathrooms and home cooked fusion dinner menus (breakfasts are considered excellent) make a country town rather appealing to city dwellers.
The double-storey guest house is in a leafy and quiet part of Robertson with easy access to wine farms in the region, whilst your Belgian hosts, Luc and Hilde (notwithstanding their dog, Paris) offer an attention to detail one would expect from a hotel, and a great wine list.
An authentic farm experience with the light and newness you’ve come to expect of modern guesthouses. De Kombuys Estate gives shabby chic a new meaning with their accommodation offerings – Herbert House and two cottages (Die Bakhuis (bakery) and Ou Skooltjie (old school)) right in the midst of the farm surrounded by vineyards and mountains.
The estate is a working sustainable farm (no herbicides or pesticides sprayed on the grapes), so you’ll find hormone-free Wagyu beef, organic seasonal produce and wines on the restaurant and deli’s menus. And it’s conveniently situated to escape to the Cango Caves or Prince Albert Pass, if you can tear yourself away from the peace of the farm.
Bain’s Barn, Tulbagh
If you’re looking for romance combined with Cape Dutch architecture then Tulbagh is your kind of country town, and Bain’s Barn is perfect as a weekend bolthole for two. The accommodation option dates back to 1801, and the current owner just happens to be a descendant of famous road builder, geologist and explorer Andrew Geddes Bain.
The cherry on top is that it’s also in historic Church Street, in amongst all the other historic houses and restaurants. Enjoy the seclusion of your own pebble stone courtyard, fully fitted kitchen, thick walls and beautifully furnished barn conversion.
Dunstone Manor is a sumptuously furnished private three bedroom country house on the southern rise of a wine farm, set in amongst vineyards, shady oaks and gardens of the Bovlei Valley.
The light, airy bedrooms, carefully chosen decor, fully equipped kitchen or breakfast served at the Stone Kitchen restaurant, and 6pm wine tastings are just a few of the reasons why those who stay here, tend to return, and why it’s been described as ‘beyond superlative!’. Did we mention the pool, views and honesty bar?
If the setting of this house doesn’t inspire you, then nothing will! Nestled in amongst the fynbos, flowering pear orchard and lawn with a foot path down to the bend on the Breede river, Riverstone House’s veranda and kitchen will definitely capture the imagination of groups of friends or family looking for an escape on Route 62.
The four bedroom house has two full bathrooms and an open plan lounge with a huge dining table and indoor fireplace just waiting for festive occasions.
You’re only three hours’ from Cape Town, yet you’re in the heart of the Little Karoo on a 58 000 hectare wildlife reserve right up against the Cape Fold mountains and in amongst some of the world’s most rare species of fynbos.
Accommodation options are as diverse as the landscape – from a tented lodge set on a dramatic horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine, to a manor house and lodge, there is something to suit everyone. And the combination of game drives, nature walks, San rock art and bird spotting is almost as intoxicating as the night sky.
Mo and Rose’s country getaway lies just outside Robertson at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, its garden full of succulents plants legendary, its wine bistro inviting.
Don’t go expecting sophistication, but you will find earthy, simple, calm and peaceful with beautifully restored wooden beams, clay and lime walls, modern minimalist decor, and light-filled rooms that overlook the succulent gardens. Head to the bistro for meals.
Don’t let the not-so-modern facade of the hotel building fool you, the Karoo Art Hotel (emphasis on ‘art’) is funky and alternative. The decor is simple yet thoughtfully put together with splashes of wall colour, cleverly selected textiles and furnishings, delightful rugs and carpets and, of course, selected works of art.
The food is proudly South African (no French(ified) cuisine here). And it happens to be in the heart of one of our favourite Route 62 towns – Barrydale.
Worth the slight detour into the Slanghoek Valley to the foot of the Waaihoek Mountain, Bosjes (Dutch for ‘small bushes’) gives you an off-the-beaten-track experience with an added touch of modern design and décor one doesn’t expect to find on a farm. Simple lines, pleasing colour palettes and unaffected choice of furniture.
Book early to avoid disappointment because Bosjes is often closed for weddings or other functions (not surprising given the thoroughly modern chapel). The wine, olive, peach and protea farm also has a contemporary restaurant – Bosjes Kombuis – a thoroughly modern twist on a rustic farmhouse.
If you still haven’t found the place of your dreams on Route 62, see our Route 62 Accommodation – we’ve soo many more to choose from!