The vineyards in autumn is a sight to behold, as is the blossoms of peach and other decidious fruit trees in spring.
Walk, drive or bike on scenic dirt roads like the Riebeeksrivier road.
See "Biking Trails"
Hike up Kasteelberg and enjoy 360° views over the Swartland and towards Table Mountain in the distantce.
Blue Cranes can be seen on farm land and wheat fields in the Swartland, gathering in large flocks in winter months.
Stroll around the villages and enjoy the rural atmosphere.
Visit the Red Ox Monument on the village square, erected in 1938 to honour the brave oxen of the Great Trek.
See "History Route"
Die Bruid, die Pixie en die Vaalhond Theatre Restaurant Riebeek Kasteel
Join us for loads of fun with events, ranging from live music, musical productions, theatre productions, children's productions, movies and animals.
Open: during festivals and weekends and as advertised on Facebook.
Chill afternoon every Saturday 13h00.
Theatre 1st Friday of every month.
Eric or Melindi
T E L: 082 853 4377
T E L: 082 853 4377
Bartholomeus Klip Game Viewing Day Trips Hermon
Morning game drives visiting the Buffalo Breeding Project and the Quagga Breeding Programmes. Tracking the rare geometric tortoise and viewing game like Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Eland, Springbuck, Black Wildebeest, as well as numerous indigenous plants, birds and animals in our wonderful 4 000 hectare private nature reserve, escorted by our qualified guides in an open game viewing vehicle.
Various breakfast, brunch, lunch, high tea or dinner packages can be combined with game drives. Please enquire or visit our website for more information.
T E L: 022 448 1087
F A X: 022 448 1829
The Swartland now boasts a brand new birding route after volunteers, birders and Swartland Tourism joined forces to establish fourteen individual routes, a number of which includes Kasteelberg and the Riebeek Valley.
Full maps and summaries of the routes can be found on the Swartland Tourism website.
The maps give a clear indication of reserves, hiking trails, hides, a checklist, as well as other tourist attractions.
Het Vlock Casteel Farm Tours & TastingsRiebeek Kasteel Het Vlock Casteel (Môrester) lies at the foot of Kasteelbergand is very much a family owned and run experience. This is clearly apparent when you book a tasting or tour on the farm. The family is passionate about their products and have a strong philosophy of interacting directly with visitors and making them feel most welcome. Wine tasting, olive oil glass tasting, Môrester vino & fruit tours. Sample Het Vlock Casteel exquisite produce – award winning olives, olive oil, jams, chutneys, preserves, salad dressings, shiraz wine vinegar, etc. Peaches, grapes & citrus for sale during season. Môrester tours throughout the year. Booking essential. Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-2pm
T E L: 082 817 6955
Heatherby's Heritage Rose Sanctuary & Nursery at the Riebeek Valley Hotel
Visit and experience the biggest collection of Heritage Roses in South Africa; 6000+ roses planted on the different garden terraces of the hotel. Heatherby’s Specialist Growers of Fragrant Old Fashioned Roses also has a Nursery where you can purchase some of these beauties. Planning a Rose Festival, watch this space!
Birthplace of General Jan Smuts on the farm Ongegund, now on the grounds of the PPC cement factory. See the cottage where Smuts was born in 1870 and an exhibition of photographs of his life. Pleasant setting for a picnic under the trees on the grounds over weekends, when there is no activity at the cement factory.
Open Tues-Sun 10-1pm and 2-5pm.
> Read his life history on this excellent Wikipedia article.
> More about the restoration of Smuts House here.
T E L: 022 461 8000
T E L: 083 348 2587
Riebeek Valley Biking Trails
The Kasteelberg cycle trail takes in the villages of Ongegund, Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel, as well as the scenic (sand) Riebeeksrivier Road. You can chooose to do this route at a lesirely pace, stopping to savour the views, or attempt the more energetic 70 minute sprint. Start at the Spar in the Main (Voortrekker) Road in Riebeek West, and travel towards Riebeek Kasteel.
Just past the village turn right at the T-junction and go over the steep Bothmanskloof Pass. Once over turn towards Riebeeksrivier; the road becomes sand. Keep a look-out for Table Mountain over your shoulder. At the far end you will encounter two T-junctions, the second back onto tar, and end at Riebeek West.
The Riebeek Kasteel farm road cycle trail starts at the Riebeek Valley Tourism office. There is ample parking in the centre. Travel down the Main Street past the Royal Hotel, Short Street (great places to refresh on your return), and the imposing Dutch Reformed Church, until you reach the stop sign at Hermon Road. Turn right, and ride to the village edge. From here turn left and there is a quick downhill section on the provincial road (R46) in the direction of Hermon. Take care of traffic on this part. When you reach a sign indicating Delsma Farm, turn left onto the sand road and shortly you will travel over the railway line – check properly, it is in use!
Keep on this road until just past Delsma, where there is a left turn signed Rooihoogte. Take this and ride until a row of labourers' cottages and grain silos; just beyond, at a crossroads, turn left towards the 'green structure'. Stay on this road until just beyond Delico, where you once again turn left towards Riebeek Kasteel. Once over the railway line you will pass Riebeek Cellars on your way back to the tourism office. Enjoy the wonderful views of seemingly endless wheatfields and Kasteelberg.
The Riebeek West farm road cycle trail starts in Voortrekker Road, in front of the Dutch Reformed Church. There is ample parking in the street. Travel north along Voortrekker Road until you reach the top of a short incline where a right turn to Gouda is indicated. Take this and sail down the hill towards the silos and Riebeek West Station. Just beyond the road becomes sand. Cross over the railway line (take care, this line is in use!) and ride between endless vineyards. At the 4,7km point the road makes a sharp left turn and you continue down a gentle decline, until once again the railway line appears on your left.
Shortly thereafter take a left turn and cross the line once again. You will have the magnificent Winterhoek Mountains on your right and at the top of a rise the road makes a 90° turn to the left. Keep on this until you reach a T-junction, where you turn left towards Kasteelberg and PPC, where you'll turn left again. Cross the railway line and the road becomes tar. At the top of the hill turn left back into Riebeek West, passing Groenrivier on the right, and into Voortrekker Road once more, to the starting point. Enjoy the wonderful views of seemingly limitless vineyards, wheatfields and Kasteelberg.
The Riebeek Valley History Route
The Riebeek Valley is within an hour's drive of beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, world renowned wine routes, the Karoo and Cape Town. It is the perfect location for a base to explore the diversity of this part of the Western Cape. Some suggestions of local activities and sights: BIRDWATCHING at Langebaan Lagoon; CANOEING Berg River; FLOWERS Darling; Hopefield in the spring; GOLF Malmesbury/ Wellington; HIKING Die Hel, Groot Winterhoek; HISTORY WALK Malmesbury; PARA and HANG GLIDING Porterville; ROCK CLIMBING Cederberg; SAILING Voëlvlei; SCENIC DRIVE Baines Kloof; SNOW Ceres in winter, WINDSURFING Saldanha.