Worcester
Capital of the Breede River Valley

Worcester is a town in the Breede River Valley, situated 120 km from Cape Town. The town is located amidst the rugged Du Toitskloof Mountains on the banks of the Breede River, and is known as the 'Capital’ of the Breede River Valley. 

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Worcester is located amidst the Du Toitskloof Mountains.

The Worcester region accounts for about 20 percent of the country’s vineyards, making it one of South Africa's most important wine-producing areas. It is especially noted for its dry and semi-sweet white wines, dessert wines and brandy. The town is also a well-known education centre, and the Nuwe Hoop Centre for the Hearing Impaired, the Institute for the Blind and the Institute for the Deaf are located here. 

Worcester’s convenient location between the Karoo and coast make it ideal for exploring the best natural landscapes of the Western Cape.

History of Worcester

During the early days of Dutch settlement in the Cape area, the Breede River Valley was only accessible through the Roodezand Pass, a road that snaked through the Hottentots Holland, Wemmershoek and Slanghoek mountains to the Groot Winterhoek mountains...more

Places of Interest in Worcester

Kleinplasie Living Open Air Museum in Worcester reflects the Breede River Valley and the surrounding region’s history through exhibitions and activities. Emphasis is placed on showcasing the agricultural industry of yesteryear...more

Worcester Adventures

The Karoo 4x4 Trail is a 35 km route that takes you over a rocky pass with views of the Hex River Valley and Karoo plains in the distance. The trail splits into three sections with varying degrees of difficulty....more