Worcester, Western Cape
Did you know?
Worcester is the birthplace of Nobel Prize for Literature laureate, J.M. Coetzee.
Worcester is part of the beautiful Cape Winelands, surrounded by the majestic mountains and lush green valleys of the Western Cape. This is the biggest wine producing town in South Africa, home to many popular brands.
Just over an hour's drive from Cape Town, Worcester is well worth the trip up the N1. If you are traveling south from the Karoo, you wil travel along some spectacular mountain passes just before you reach Worcester.
Worcester was declared an official town by the local Magistrate's Court (known as a Drostdy in Afrikaans) in 1820, although it only really started to develop once the railway line to Cape Town was completed 1876.
There is a strong German influence in Worcester, following an influx of railway workers in the 1860s. The town's Kleinplasie Living Open Air Museum provides a glimpse of this past and offers loads of information for travellers.
The town is also home to some famous South African residents such as musician and playwright David Kramer and artist Hugo Naude.
Worcester experiences a wide range of weather during the year, with summer days that can reach temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Centigrade, while often experiencing snow during the winter months between June and September.
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Who to contact
Worcester Tourism Office
Tel: +27(0) 23 348 2795