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Route 62

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The Alterntive Route to Backpacking in South Africa

Go on, get off the N2 and take the alternative route. Route 62. Revel in empty rolling roads with shaded picnic spots, mysterious kloofs, pools hidden in mountain crags and wine farms basking in the sun. En route you’ll discover a land scattered with farmhouses and small villages drowning in roses, forgotten by time, fine wines, delicious conserves, hot springs, rock climbing routes and hikes through fynbos and down rugged kloofs.

Ostrich and sheep think it’s nirvana. They roast in the sun and graze happily on the spiky bushes. Talking about sheep, Karoo lamb is something every unrepentant meat eater should try. And remember. Forever.

This narrow plain lies between the Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains which separate it from both the arid Karoo and the coastline.


Ashton is situated on Route 62 - the shorter and more scenic alternative to the N2 highway - that is fast earning a reputation as the world’s longest wine (hic) route.


Please note that Oudtshoorn is placed under the Garden Route.