This circular route is perfect for travelers who do not want to venture too far out of town or who have very little time, but would like to experience beautiful countryside scenery. The Brandwacht Mountain makes for the perfect backdrop with table grape vineyards filling in the rest. Even if you are not stopping in Worcester, but only passing through on the N1, you can take a 10-minute detour and take in this exquisite view.
The Brandwacht Valley is mainly a table grape farming area and the home of our local farmer’s market, Pure Boland Market. On the first Saturday of each month, the “Groenstoor”, which is primarily used by the table grape farmers, is transformed into the market. This is a highlight in the area and the perfect time to visit Worcester and Brandwacht if you want to get the most out of your trip.
Brandwacht also offers great accommodation options for travelers who wish to experience farm life, but still want to be close to town. Damas, Kuruma and Summerhill Guest Farm offers luxury accommodation, with B & B options, as well as self-catering facilities.
For those looking for a complete break away from the rat race, try Dhamma Pataka for a silent retreat. If you do not have enough time to break away completely, then treat yourself at Henneli du Toit’s salon and spa.
The Brandwacht Valley is one of the top choices for mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers. Many of the private farms in the area have marked routes for outdoor enthusiasts, but please do check with Manic Cycles beforehand, as some farm grounds are not open to the public, especially during harvest season.
Three must visits bordering Brandwacht is the Karoo Botanical Gardens, Worcester’s Gary Player designed Golf Course and the Golden Valley Casino and Lodge.