Join our local historian and heritage activist, Jayson Clark for a 90 minutes tour of historic Church street and explore some of the interiors of many of Tulbagh’s heritage buildings and 19th century streetscape. The story tells the history of Tulbagh as an outpost of the Cape Colony, through the age of pioneers and colonists as well as the development of the Cape vernacular architectural style. Special attention is given to the earthquake and subsequent restoration of the 32 National Monuments and in the street.
House Number 1: The Old Church Museum is the oldest cross-form church in South Africa and houses a wonderful collection of Cape furniture.
House Number 6: The Earthquake Museum explores the valley’s history and how Tulbagh was rebuilt after the devastating 1969 earthquake.
House 14: The Victorian exhibition has recently opened to give an insite into Victorian life in the Cape.
Tickets for the complex can only be bought from House 4
House Number 22: The ‘Ou Volks Museum’. This Cape Dutch pioneer cottage has been recreated into a quaint home, reconstructing life as it was 200 years ago.
Open 7 days a week. Telephone (+27) 23 230 1041
Join Jayson for an insider’s tour of the history and architecture of Tulbagh’s famously reconstructed Church Street. The tour takes you on a loop to the end of Church Street and back along the main road, stopping in all four museums along the way. The tour covers the Dutch and British occupation and demonstrated how an appreciation for Cape Dutch architecture, in an environment of growing South African nationalism, ensured that this wonderful street was restored after the earthquake of 1969.
Board the heritage steam train for a tour of the Witzenberg valley via the magnificent Mitchell’s mountain pass. The train departs from Ceres Golf Estate, stopping at Waverley Hills wine farm where passengers break of a picnic lunch or stay on the train as it turns around in Wolseley. Departure times are 9am and 2pm on Saturday and Sundays and the journey takes 2 ½.hours. For more information see ceresrail or email email@example.com
This 3 hour walking tour by Wethu Experiences, is lead by a specialist rock art guide. In addition to the three rock art sites visited, guests can learn more about the San’s lifestyle and traditions. Refreshments are included. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your sunscreen. Contact Pieter at 072 999 4167.
Historic tours by arrangement to view the surviving English block houses of the Witzenberg valley. The tour also takes in the background of the Anglo Boer War and its effects on the communities of the area. Please contact Natasha on 082 780 75 16
The original mission school of Tulbagh dating from the 17th century has been lovingly restored and now houses the works of famous South African artist Christo Coetzee.
Christo moved to Tulbagh in the 1970s and painted here till his death in 2000.
26 Church Street, Tubagh
The beautiful Tulbagh Valley is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.
VINDOUX HEALTH SPA & GYM
(4 minutes out of town)
Treat yourself at Tulbagh’s local spa offering professional and thorough beauty treatments, massage and wraps. Work out or go spinning in a bright and spacious gym, with a good selection of cardiovascular and body building equipment, and a personal trainer to assist you
Tel: +27 (0)82 404 7778
A new “foefieslide” adventure is situated in the lovely mountains surrounding the Ceres Valley, which is 20 minutes from Tulbagh. Offering 8 slides, totalling a length of 1.4km – this is the longest tour in Africa! The amazing rock formations and river form a perfect backdrop to a fun-, adrenaline-filled adventure!
The Ceres Zipslide is open every day of the year from 08h00 to 17h00. The tours depart every half hour, with the last departure being at 17h00.
079 245 0354 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.ceresadventures.co.za
Mountain biking trails have been established in the Tulbagh valley and maps are available from reception. Mountain bikes can be hired in the Quarter, and a few of which are so close that they start at the end of the road. Cycle freely through the village, surrounding hills and countryside.
Kluitjieskraal Mountain Bike Route
Permits available, contact 082 835 76 25
Eselfontein farm Mountain Bike Route
Various trails of differing levels available. Maps available on www.eselfontein.com
Silwerfontein: 079 500 1906 – Trails through the forest and around the dam.
Waverley Hills: 023 231 0002 – Short mountain bike trail
Wine by Bike: Vindoux Guest Farm: (R60 half a day) 023 2300 635 – Hire a bike and explore the Wine Route
MTB Routes in the Witzenberg Valley – Permits can be obtained at the Shell shop, for more information visit www.tulbaghmtbclub.co.za, which will be up and running shortly
Bicycle hire at the Cape Dutch Quarters, Tulbagh Hotel and Vindoux Guest Farm
Fishing is offered in the valley. Black bass and carp can be caught in farm dames and some natural pools in the mountains.
Wild Olive Farm dam fishing +27 (0)23 232 1160
Silwerfontein: 079 500 1906 – On the Voëlvlei dam
Artois: 083 656 5752 – By Appointment
Fraaigelegen: 083 288 4685 – By Appointment
Permits, further information and maps available from Tulbagh tourism.
Horse About with Jo Lister +27 82 884 9881
Saddle up and unwind while enjoying the scenic Tulbagh countryside on the back of a well trained horse. Our nature trails wind through vineyards and wheat fields along the contour paths at the foothills of the majestic Witzenberg Mountains. Various trail options are offered, which you can enjoy with breathtaking panoramic views of the valley and surrounding mountains. Trail rides and out rides can be tailored to suit everyone, from supervised pony rides for the little ones to half day and full day trails.
Montpellier Horse Riding offers groups or individuals by appointment +27 (0)23 230 0723.
Vroelikheid Riding School offers out rides by appointment +27 (0)23 232 0615.