The scenic town of Worcester is reached by road through either the Huguenot Tunnel or by driving on spectacular mountain passes. This charming town is on Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, and offers visitors award-winning wines.

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.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Worcester Tourism Office
Tel: +27(0) 23 348 2795

How to get here

Worcester is situated in the Breede River Valley in the Western Cape, about one hour drive from Cape Town. It is easily accessible by car or bus on the national N1 highway and the town is off Route 62, which is well sign-posted.

Best time to visit

Any time of year is good but winters can be very wet.

Around the area

You can visit interesting historical towns like Tulbagh, Ceres or Robertson, which are close to Worcester.

Tours to do

Take a tour around the KWV Brandy Cellar. A guided walk through the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden is a must for nature lovers.

Get around

Self-drive is best if you want to delve in to the area's many attractions.

Length of stay

At least a weekend or longer if you want to explore the area in-depth.

What to pack

In summer a hat and sunscreen are musts. In winter don't forget the raincoat or umbrella.

Where to stay

Worcester has a number of accommodation options to suit every taste and pocket, from luxury hotels and guesthouses to budget B&Bs.

Best buys

KWV's fine brandies and cognacs. And wine of course.

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