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Ceres - SA's Largest Toy Car Collection

Dinky Austin Van
Dinky Austin Van

What is believed to be the largest collection of miniature scale model die cast toy cars in South Africa is in Ceres. The collection of around 6000 scale model cars belongs to Mitch Jantjies who has been collecting them since he was a young boy. Famous brands like Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox and many others feature in the collection

Dinky Toys first produced die cast models in the 1930’s but from the mid 1940’s quality


Stanford – Birkenhead Estate - Walker Bay Wines

Birkenhead Brewery
Birkenhead Brewery Credits:

Walker Bay Wines and Birkenhead Brewery are located in Stanford, in the Overberg, Western Cape.. The Birkenhead Estate has a Micro Brewery that makes a range of great designer beer plus it is home to Walker Bay Wines which has been producing wine for a few years from vineyards planted in 2003. There is also the Crystal Fynbos water bottling plant and a great restaurant. The Estate is in the Klein Rivier Valley and has panaoramic views across the valley, the village of Stanford and the Klein Rivier Mountains.


Oudtshoorn - Hot Air Ballooning - All Year

over the Swartberg
over the Swartberg Credits: Oudtshoorn Ballooning

You can go hot air ballooning right here in Oudtshoorn. There’s nothing nicer than a mug of steaming coffee as you stand and watch an African sunrise. Well - actually – there is something nicer. It’s watching the early morning sunrise from a hot air balloon as you drift silently through the skies around the Swartberg Mountains and over Oudtshoorn with the only sound the occasional roar


Bredasdorp - Shipwreck Museum

Shipwreck Museum
Shipwreck Museum

Bredasdorp is where you will find the unique Shipwreck Museum. Although Bredasdorp is some 30 km from the sea it is the commercial hub of the region and has very strong ties with villages along the coast of the South Western Cape. Ship wrecks off the Cape Agulhas coast from The Breede River in the east to Gansbaai in the west are legend. Ships like the Birkenhead (in 1852) and The Arniston (in 1815) made world news at the time of their wrecking. In all almost


Ceres - Transport Riders/Togryers Museum

Ceres Museum
Ceres Museum Credits:

The Transport Riders Museum is in Ceres which is a small town in the Western Cape famous for the fruit grown in the area and the transport riders of the 1800's. The Transport Riders Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of those men who struggled with their ox wagons over huge mountains on roughly hewn mountain passes to reach Ceres and the Hinterland of South Africa, particularly what was known as the North Western Cape. Bains Kloof Pass and Mitchells Pass just outside the town were masterpieces of engineering


Wellington – Bains Kloof Pass and Mitchell’s Pass to Ceres

The Toll House
The Toll House Credits: Bruce Andrew

The route that was to become Bains Kloof Pass was discovered by Andrew Geddes Bain in 1846, while he was supervising the building of Mitchell’s Pass. On completion of Mitchell’s Pass Bain tackled the Bains Kloof Pass and it was completed in September 1853. The 18km Pass runs from Wellington over the magnificent Limietberg and high above the Witte Rivier. Even today’s road retains much of the original road as its foundation.


Ceres - Zipslide Tour - A Ride on the Wildside

Ceres - Zipslide Tour - A Ride on the Wildside
Credits: Ceres Adventures

Ceres Zipslide Tour is the longest of its kind totalling 1.4km on eight slides. Plans are in place to extend the Zipslide by a further 2.5km during 2100.

Tours depart every 30 min and groups sizes can be up to 12 people. Larger groups can be accommodated with prior booking arrangements. Zipsliding is safe in most weather conditions including rain and the Company has also developed its own patented braking system.

The slide Zigzags across the Koekedouw River from one platform to the other.


Hermanus - Whale Watching by boat June - November

Southern Right
Southern Right Credits: Southern Right Charters

Whale Watching with Southern Right Charters in Hermanus. Southern Right Charters offer luxury boat based whale watching on a daily basis throughout the “Whale Season”. Experience the majesty of these super sized Southern Right Whales who weigh around 45 tons each as they roll around in the water, most times surprisingly close in to the shoreline.


Stanford - Raka Wines on Kleinrivier

Raka Wines are near Stanford, about 40km from Hermanus. Raka Wines is a family business whose history is a tale of the sea woven into the fabric of the farm Remhoogte.

The Dreyer Family bought the farm, Remhoogte in 1982. During 1999 they planted 10 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Since then a few hectares have been added every year, now 68 hectares include Pinotage, Sangiovese, Viognier, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot and also larger plantings of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc, making the farm self-sufficient in varieties needed for their artistic blending.


Calitzdorp - Boplaas Vineyards

Boplaas Family Vineyards is in Calitzdorp at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains in the Klein Karoo. The Boplaas Vineyards have been growing grapes for the brandy and port that they are famous for, for over 150 years and were exporting brandy to the UK as far back as 1880.

Port and red wine are the flagship wines of Boplaas and have on numerous occasions been crowned as SA Champion Port and red wine.   Only traditional Portuguese cultivars are used. Their range of Port includes Cape White, Cape Ruby, Cape Vintage, Cape Vintage Reserve and Cape Tawny.


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