- Guests think Matjiesvlei Cottages is in an excellent location
- Matjiesvlei, Calitzdorp, 6660, Western Cape
Cape Route 62 traverses the dramatic open spaces of the Karoo and the sharp, prolific mountains that divide the arid interior from moist coastal regions. Also called the Inland Route East, this is the road less travelled between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, it was the original link between these two towns before the N2 highway was built in 1959.
Although the route does visit a few major towns, the quaint towns and friendly villages that offer a truly unique South African rural encounter. Now known as the World's Longest Wine Route, it weaves a tranquil path through wine regions and some of the most spectacular agricultural fields, dotted with an abundance of grapes, deciduous fruit and olives, all set amidst miles of natural expanse.
Names like Buffelsvlei and GamkaRiver, Khoi for lion, recall the wild animals that once roamed the Calitzdorp district. Today one of the most endangered large mammals, the Cape Mountain Zebra - less than 800, is conserved in the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve. Other birdlife abounds as does a great variety of butterflies.
Flowering shrubs as Wild Pomegranate, milkweed and Chinese Lantern occur widely and shelter many other smaller plants in their shade. The Little Karoo stretches from Montagu in the West to Uniondale in the East and is bordered by the Langeberg in the South and the Swartberg in the North.