Tulbagh, Breede River Valley

Tulbagh, the fourth oldest town in South Africa, is named after Governer Ryk Tulbagh of the Dutch Cape Colony and is located in the Tulbagh basin just 80 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. The basin is fringed by the Obiqua, Winterhoek and Witzenberg mountains with peaks that rise to over 1 500 metres and is drained by the Klein Berg river.

 

The nearest towns are Gouda, Wolseley and Ceres, but Franschhoek, Malmesbury, Paarl, Piketberg, Porterville, Rawsonville, Stellenbosch and Worcester are all within range for a lovely day trip.

 

In September 1969 the town was hit by an earthquake that measured 6.4 on the Richter scale and caused considerable damage. After the disaster extensive projects of restoration began and because of this work Church Street now contains possibly the largest number of Cape – Dutch, Edwardian and Victorian heritage sites in one street in South Africa.

 

The Tulbagh valley is home to many animals such as baboons, lynxes, bat-eared foxes and smaller species of antelope, as well as a wide variety of birds. Proteas are prominent in the landscape with large striking flowers.

 

Tulbagh is a farming community and some of the best quality pears, plums and peaches in the country are produced here. The valley is also known for the excellent wines that are on offer from the numerous wine estates and private cellars.

 

Tulbagh hosts various special events every year of which Christmas in Winter, the Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival and the Tulbagh Horse and Wildflower Show is the most commonly known. Tulbagh has also previously hosted a stage of the ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike race.

things to do around Tulbagh

Dine at the Belgium Kitchen

 

Bookings are recommended call 082-9055-390

 

Whether you are looking for Soups, Salads, Fresh Fish, Seafood, Steaks, Pasta  or a decedent dessert The Belgian Kitchen 23 Church Street (old Paddagang Building) has something exquisite for you ! Owners/Chefs Annie & Allen have over 60 years experience in the Hospitality Business around the world, the last 5 years in Tulbagh. We use as much local fresh produce as we can find and if it's Organic that's even better. Please remember all our dishes are prepared to order and as good food takes a little extra time, your patience will be rewarded.

 

Enjoy such delights as Carpetbagger Steak, Surf & Turf, Texas Chili Burger, Chateaubriand Béarnaise, Beef, Stroganoff. Lamb Shank that just falls off the bone, Pasta and of course Juicy Steaks, some clients say “The Best In S.A.” Our sauces are all made in house, fresh when you order. Then our Fish such as Fresh Norwegian Salmon, Sashimi Grade Tuna, West Coast Sole, Belgium Mussel Pot, Fresh Oysters & Caviar. All complimented with a good selection of Local Wines which we are building on all the time.

 

Contact Us

Email: annie@art4fundraisers.com

Phone: 0829055390

23 Church Street

(OLD Paddagang Building)

Tulbagh

6820

South Africa

 

More Information

Open for Lunch Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 3 pm

Open for Dinner Tuesday to Saturday 6 pm to 10 pm

Last orders 30 mins before closing

Special Hours During Public Holidays & Tulbagh Festivals.

Saronsberg Theatre

 

Saronsberg Theatre has become the entertainment hub of Tulbagh, with musical favourites hosted every week and Blues and Jam sessions taking place on Wednesday nights.

 

Additional info:

Owner at Saronsberg Theatre – Chris & Tania Grobler

Contact numbers

·         Theatre 023-2300179

·         Ansja du Toit 072-5770124

·         Daniel Gouveia 079-8643063

 

For bookings

Email us at - saronsbergteater@gmail.com

 

Facebook pages

www.facebook.com/DeKreeftStamkafee

www.facebook.com/SaronsbergTheatreTulbagh

Rijk's Wine Cellar

 

Rijk's of Tulbagh, South Africa, produces older vintage fine food wines to satisfy the sophisticated palate of wine enthusiasts from around the world.

 

Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit are the hallmarks of our wines.

 

Tel: +27.232301622   Fax: +27.232301650

Email: web@rijks.co.za   Website: www.rijks.co.za

P.O. Box 400, Tulbagh, 6820, South Africa

 

Dine at the Tulbagh Hotel

 

The Tulbagh Hotel is located in the centre of Tulbagh and dates from 1859. The hotel features an outdoor pool and offers a range of luxurious rooms as well as free Wi – Fi. All areas have air conditioning and cozy wood-burning fires take the edge off cold winter evenings.

 

The hotel is wheelchair friendly and has free parking on-site. The Olive Terrace Bistro offers South African cuisine with locally sourced fruit and vegetables. Waverly Hills supply organic olives and we use kimilili cheesery’s award winning cheeses.

 

The rooms are individually decorated and come equipped with satellite TV and a minibar. The private bathrooms are fitted with either a bath or a shower. There is a hairdryer in every bathroom as well as free toiletries.

 

Intimate wedding services for up to 30 guests can be arranged and there are conference facilities for up to 30 delegates with TV monitor, DVD player, overhead projector and screen as well as flipcharts as standard equipment.

 

Address: 22 van der Stel Street, Tulbagh, Breede River Valley

Telephone: +27 (0)23 230-0071

Opening hours: Breakfast from 8h00 to 10h30

Lunch from 12h00 to 15h00, Dinner from 18h00 to 21h30

Tea, coffee, cakes and scones served throughout the day.

Succulents & Stones

 

Sundays and Mondays by appointment only.Amazing selection of succulents and cacti for indoor and patio décor as well as water-wise outdoor gardening. Horses teeth, babies bums, shoelaces, liver plants, stone plants, money plants, desert roses, Shrek’s ears and brains are the common names of a few of the plants we stock.

 

Stones vary from rough to tumbled and polished. Treasure trove of specimens, geodes, ammonite and turitella fossils, stone lamps and candle holders, crystals, spheres, birthstones, chakra stones, pendulums, suncatchers, chimes, keyrings, beads and beading supplies, jewellery, essential aromatherapy oils and colourful shawls.

 

Make use of our work area and tools to make up unique gifts, mementos and jewellery (with or without help) or choose from our decidedly different range. Delightful shop for visitors of all ages.

 

Address: Alfa, Buitekant Street, Tulbagh, 6820,

Western Cape.

Telephone: +27 (0)23 230-2977  or +27 (0)72 270-6651

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from

10h00 to 17h00

Taste Moniki's famous Belgian chocolates

 

Niki de Wolf was born in South Africa, but lived in Holland for most of her life. When she and her husband Rijk von Kooij held their wedding at Tulbagh they fell in love with the valley and on their return for a holiday with their two children they bought Schoonderzicht Farm that dates back to 1795.

 

Niki, who was a journalist and food writer at the time, noticed that there were no luxury chocolates available in the area and so she did extensive research and visited the firm of Callebaut in Belgium before she began experimenting with chocolate making on the farm.

 

In line with the European style of making chocolate she uses 70% cacao and she believes in using only the best ingredients. Groups can book tours of the complete chocolate making process, do wine and chocolate parings or participate in a truffle-making workshop.

 

Address: Schoonderzicht Farm, Tulbagh,

Western Cape.

Telephone: +27 (0)23 230-0673

'Things I Love'

 

Things I love is perfectly situated in the middle of Tulbagh with access from both the historical Church Street and Tulbagh’s main road, Van der Stel Street. It offers a restaurant, a wine shop that stocks most of the local wines, a deli and bakery with delicious treats and a gift and décor shop filled with treasures.

 

The restaurant serves scrumptious breakfasts, decadent teas, light lunches as well as dinners. In winter Gluwein and a cosy fire will keep you warm while refreshing cocktails will cool you off on hot summer days.

 

In the wine shop you will find some of the best white and red wines the Tulbagh valley has to offer as well as sparkling grape juice.The deli and bakery offers treats that few can resist and the organic corner is stocked every Friday.

 

The gift and décor shop, named These Foolish Things, have that special little something for yourself, your home or someone else.

 

Address: 61 van der Stel Street, Tulbagh,

Western Cape.

Telephone: +27 (0)23 230-1742

Opening hours: Open 7 days a week except for Christmas and New Year days. Open until late on Fridays and Saturdays.

Wine Tasting at Theuniskraal

 

Address: Theuniskraal Vineyards, Tulbagh, Western Cape.

Telephone: + 27 (23) 230 0687

Opening hours: Tasting Times: Monday to Friday from 10h00 to 12h00 and 13h00 - 16h00; Saturday from 09h00 to 13h00.

 

Theuniskraal was one of the first farms to be established in the Tulbagh valley and the first white wine estate in the country. It is situated about 7 km outside the town of Tulbagh and was named after its first owner Theunis Bevernagie, who settled on the farm in the early 18th century.

 

The Jordaan family bought the farm in 1927 with the specific intention of producing high quality wines. Andries Jordaan had instant success with his sweet fortified wines, but his 1948 Riesling really put Theuniskraal on the map when it won a gold medal at the Common Wealth Wine Show in 1950.

 

In 1964 Andries was succeeded by his two sons Kobus and Rennie and today his two grandsons Andries and Wagner are also part of the team.

 

Harvesting takes place during the cool of the morning to ensure that the grapes reach the cellar crisp and flavour-filled. In the modern, well-equipped cellar gentle handling and minimum interference ensure that these precious flavours are preserved.

Tulbagh Winery

 

Founded in 1906, in the fertile valley known as Het Land van Waveren, Tulbagh Winery has been producing quality wines ever since.

 

Producing some of the country's best, Tulbagh Wines cover the full spectrum of South Africa's best cultivars with the emphasis on fruity blends that reflect the friendliness of the region.

 

The Winery are proud of the achievements that they have reached over the years. The wines are offered with pride and served with confidence. Old world value combined with fresh, modern look to appeal to a new generation of consumer.

 

Address: Po Box 85, Tulbagh, 6820

Telephone: + 27 (23) 230 1011

Email: info@tulbaghwine.co.za

Tulbagh Nursery

 

Pietie and Susan Roux started the nursery in 1990 on the farm Nooitgedaght. Initially there was only one tunnel used for production of vegetable plants for the farmers of the district. The nursery was later expanded to include windbreak and plantation trees. Therefore the initial name Tulbagh Bosbou Nursery.

As the years passed, the ranges of plants grew dramatically and now include roses, palms, indigenous trees and shrubs. Since 2005 they have also included aloes and succulents to the production.

 

Tulbagh nursery is a family owned business with 20 hectares under plants. They supply work to a lot of people in the valley, especially during the winter months when there is a shortage of work. The plants adapt very well to most regions in South Africa because they are exposed to very hot summers, freezing winters and daily South-Easter.

 

Address: Farm – Nooitgedaght, Tulbagh Weg

Tulbagh, 6820

Telephone: + 27 (23) 230 0694

Fax: 023 – 2301 353 / 086 604 8579

Wine Tasting at The House of Krone

 

Address: The House of Krone, Twee Jonge Gezellen Wine Estate, Tulbagh, Western Cape.

Telephone: +27 (0)23 230-0680

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 09h00 - 16h00, Saturday & Selected Public Holidays: 10h00 to 14h00, Closed on Sundays.

 

Situated a mere 125 km from Cape Town, Tulbagh has become a secret find for the avante-garde. The House of Krone, Twee Jonge Gezellen wine estate, established in 1710 is one of the oldest family-owned wine estates in South Africa. Situated in the North-West corner of this intriguing valley, the vineyards reach up to the east-facing slopes of the Saron Peak mountain whilst the cellar nestles expectantly at the foot of the mountains. House of Krone invite you to taste their wines and take a guided tour of their Wine Cellar.

Tarzan Shoes

 

 

The founder and director of Tarzan Shoes, Johan Olde-Olthof, arrived in South Africa in May 1965 and decided to site his factory in the Tulbagh Valley.

In the beginning, this little operation was producing 50 pairs of shoes a day.  They were made completely by hand.  Through Johan’s determination, Tarzan Shoes was able to grow to a world renowned expert on quality South African leather shoes. Now the production is 750 pairs of shoes per day.

 

 

Address: Van der Stel Street, Tulbagh, 6820

Telephone: + 27 (23) 230 1083

Hidden Cape Photographic Tours

 

Local photographer, Norman Collins, will guide you to photogenic locations in the Tulbagh valley, and will be on hand to give advice you may need.

 

What to photograph? First light on the mountain peaks, Vineyards heavy with grapes, Snow capped mountains, Blossoms on fruit trees,  Historical architecture, Ripe wheat at sunset, Amazing sunsets,  Mountain vistas, etc....

 

Small intimate groups. Or organize your own group.

 

Contact details:

 

Tel: 082 921 0039

Website: http://normanc.photoshelter.com/page2

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HiddenCapePhotoTours

Horse About (Tulbagh)

 

Join us to experience a soul-restoring horseback adventure, suitable for all levels and abilities.  In fact you don’t even need to ride to “feel good inside”, come and learn about The Horse and you may just be surprised what you learn about yourself!  We offer magnificent horse trails and horse activities.

 

Just over an hour from Cape Town, situated in the majestic Witzenberg Valley, located between the towns of Tulbagh, Wolseley and Ceres.

 

Safety, comfort and enjoyment, for both horse and rider, are priority of Horse About. Stay the weekend and enjoy the valley.

 

 

Cel: 082 884 9881

Web: www.horseabout.co.za

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