Our Route 62 is modelled on the world famous Route 66 in the USA which is renowned as an iconic highway that was first built in 1925 and links places like the Grand Canyon and Amarillo and runs through the states of California, New Mexico and Texas.
Our very own Route 62 starts from Ashton in the Winelands and runs through to Oudtshoorn on a road, less travelled that is sprinkled with interesting sounding names like Calitzdorp, Amalienstein, Zoar, Baviaanskloof and Barrydale. With a bit of poetic license, it runs from Cape Town to Queberha and is famous for the meandering route through the Klein Karoo which is much loved by bikers and discerning travellers.
The R62 takes you through the folded mountains of Montagu into the Klein Karoo which is flanked by the Swartberg and Langeberg Mountain ranges. In winter, the highest peaks are often snow capped and in summer, the same peaks shimmer in the heat.
There are caves, art galleries, historic towns and ostrich farms to explore. The area also boasts wine, brandy and port producers that are renowned worldwide and a number of restaurants in Barrydale and other towns that will make your mouth water.
And then there is the Jewel of the Klein Karoo, where J&J’s Doornrivier is located just 42kms outside of Barrydale.