30+ Things To Do In Tulbagh

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Welcome to Tulbagh, where the air is fresher, the mountains are grander, and the wine is just better. Even though I’m more of a whiskey or cider guy myself, the wine estates are something else!

This hidden gem in the Western Cape is a haven for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life – or digital nomads looking for a new wave of inspiration!

Tulbagh’s got soul.

For a digital nomad like me, who’s seen the fast life in big cities, like Glasgow and Barcelona, finding Tulbagh was like hitting the pause button and remembering what’s real.

Whether you’re a working professional, a nature lover, a history buff, or just in need of some peace and quiet, Tulbagh has something special for you.

So let’s quit lollygagging and skip to the good part: things to do in Tulbagh.

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Things To Do In Tulbagh: Natural Lovers

Wondering what to do in Tulbagh? To start, all you need to do is step outside and soak up your surroundings (and it won’t cost you a cent)! For those who, like me, have an insatiable wanderlust and a love for nature, Tulbagh offers an abundance of nature-packed experiences:

1. Murludi Hiking Trails

Murludi Hiking Trails in Tulbagh beckon adventure seekers with a network of scenic paths that wind through the picturesque mountains and valleys

Murludi offers two hiking routes:

  • Elsbos Route (10 km/6.2 miles)
  • River Route (4 km/2.4 miles)

The River Route winds through orchids while the Elbos Route has some of the best views in the valley.

2. Silwerfontein Hiking Trails

This trail offers a unique blend of nature and history. It’s spread over 2 days so do be prepared. You begin at Base Camp, which is an old double-decker bus conversation and trek towards the Ontongs Cave. From there you take another route back towards Base Camp, passing Voelvlei on the way.

Each day takes about 4 hours to complete.

3. Waterval Nature Reserve

A haven for flora and fauna, this reserve is a testament to South Africa’s diverse ecosystems. For someone who’s always up for an adventure, these trails inside the nature reserve are all a delightful discovery. The Waterval Loop may be short (2.1 km/1.3 mile) but the sights of the waterfall are well worth the trek!

5. Mountain Biking Routes

The rugged terrains of Tulbagh are perfect for mountain biking. If you’re a novice like me then the Tierkloof Traverse Trail is right up your alley. It’s a short 2.6 km (1.6 mile) ride. For a slightly longer spin, I’d recommend giving the Witzenberg: Wagon Trail to the Cross or the Bone Trail a go. These 8 km (5-mile) trails are worth the peddle.

6. Bird-Watching Spots

With my Roberts Guide and binoculars in tow, I found a quiet spot and lost myself in the world of birds in the Vindoux area. The area is home to a myriad of bird species, such as guineafowls, Cape Spurfowls, Bokmakieries, African Ibis (also known as a “hadeda” by the locals), and Cape Teal on the odd occasion.

7. Picnic by the Klein Berg River

Obiqua Café in Tulbagh is a delightful culinary oasis, where the charm of a historic setting meets the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and a menu featuring delectable treats

There’s something profoundly calming about sitting by the river, with a picnic spread, and just watching the world go by. You can order divine picnic hampers from Obiqua Caféwhich ispart of Duikersdrift Winelands Country Escape.

Note: Always remember to respect nature. Leave no trace behind and ensure that these beautiful spots remain pristine for future generations.

Things To Do In Tulbagh: Wine and Dine

There’s an old saying that goes, “In wine, there’s truth.” And as someone who prefers a fruity cider or a strong whiskey on the rocks, I was initially sceptical venturing to a wine farm.

But Tulbagh, with its renowned wine estates and culinary delights, changed my perspective. It’s not just about the wine; it’s about the stories each bottle holds, the legacy of the vineyards, and the passion of the winemakers. Here are a few places my partner and I visited in the area.

1. Saronsberg Wine Cellar

Saronsberg Wine Cellar in Tulbagh is a vinicultural gem, where the artistry of winemaking meets the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding mountains
  • Address: Waveren Road, Tulbagh
  • Tasting trading hours: Monday – Friday from 08:00 – 17:00; Saturday from 10:00 – 14:00; Sunday from 10:00 – 13:00
  • Bookings: No booking is required. For enquiries info@saronsberg.com.

Nestled at the foot of the Saronsberg mountain, this estate is a blend of modernity and tradition. Wine tasting at this spot was quite fun if I’m being honest.

The contemporary art collection here is as exquisite as the wines they produce.

2. Montpellier Wine Estate

Montpellier Wine Estate in Tulbagh is a hidden gem nestled in the valley, where rolling vineyards and a historic Cape Dutch homestead create a tranquil setting for wine enthusiasts
  • Address: 2 Jonge Gezellen Road, Tulbagh
  • Tasting trading hours: Open daily from 10:00 – 16:00
  • Bookings: To arrange a private tasting, contact info@montpellier.co.za

A place where history meets the present. The charming chapel and the sprawling vineyards make it a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the essence of Tulbagh’s wine culture. With over 300 years of heritage, Montpellier Wine Estate is ideal for wine and history lovers!

3. Twee Jonge Gezellen

Twee Jonge Gezellen in Tulbagh is a sparkling jewel in the Cape Winelands, renowned for its exquisite Méthode Cap Classique wines
  • Address: 2 Jonge Gezellen Road, Tulbagh
  • Tasting trading hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 – 16:00.
  • Bookings: Book your spot online

The Twee Jonge Gezellen is one of the oldest estates in the region; it’s a testament to the legacy of winemaking in Tulbagh. Each sip here is a journey through time and their lush, uber-stylish estate grounds are out of this world!

4. Schalkenbosch Wine Estate

Schalkenbosch Wine Estate in Tulbagh is a serene retreat where vineyards embrace a historic Cape Dutch homestead, offering a picturesque setting for wine enthusiasts
  • Address: Schalkenbosch Drive, Off Van Der Stel Street, Tulbagh
  • Tasting trading hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 17:00.
  • Bookings: (023) 230 1488

Set against the backdrop of majestic mountains, this estate offers not just fine wines – the Merlot was my fav – but also breathtaking views (300 hectares worth!) that add to the tasting experience. My partner and I spent two nights in one of their stunning self-catering cottages. There was no internet connection in the rooms though, but I was able to catch up on some work around the swimming area.

5. Rijks Wine Estate

Rijks Wine Estate is a vinicultural masterpiece, where a commitment to sustainable farming and meticulous winemaking
  • Address: Rijks Cellar, Van der Stel Street, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: Open daily from 07:00 – 22:00.
  • Bookings: (023) 230 1622

Rijks is known for its dedication to Pinotage. But I was already “wined out” by the time we got to this place if I’m being honest.

Instead, my partner and I opted to go for a wine-free lunch at their on-site restaurant. That mussel pot starter and Grass-Fed Chalmar Beef Steak definitely hit the spot!

The restaurant is open for breakfasts, lunches and dinners and we will be back to try out the rest of the menu!

Side note: Important times in the viticulture (wine-making) calendar are:

  • Budding = 2nd week September to second week October.
  • Veraison = 4th week December to second week January.
  • Harvest = mid-January to the second week of March.
  • Leaf drop = May
  • Pruning = July to August.

6. Loxtonia Ciders

Loxtonia Ciders, nestled in the heart of Ceres Valley, is a cidery that epitomizes the art of craft cider-making
  • Address: Loxtonia Ciders, Ezelfontein Road, Ceres
  • Trading hours: Monday – Saturday from 10:00 – 16:00.
  • Bookings: (023) 004 0930

Now this was more my kinda place as I’ve got a wee weak spot for cider. Loxtonia Ciders is based in Ceres, a short 30 km (18.6 miles) drive away.

The tasting room overlooks apple orchards and the magnificent Ceres Valley and my gosh, what a time to be alive! They have hiking trails and beautiful gardens to explore and it is a pet-friendly estate. I just wish I had my two pups, Charlie and Heidi with me!

7. Readers Restaurant

Readers Restaurant in Tulbagh is a culinary haven where the art of fine dining meets the charm of a historic Cape Dutch building
  • Address: 12 Church Street, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: Monday 12:00 – 21:30; closed on Tuesdays; Wednesday – Saturday 12:00 – 21:30; Sunday 12:00 – 16:00.
  • Bookings: (023) 230 0087

Tucked away in a historic building, this restaurant on Church Street offers a blend of traditional and contemporary dishes. Their malva pudding (a traditional South African dessert) is a must-try. These guys also make up awesome picnic baskets that are tailored for specific dietary requirements – I ordered one of these as my partner is vegan and it was out of this world!

8. Olive Terrace Bistro

  • Address: 22 Van Der Stel Street, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: Open daily from 07:00 – 22:00
  • Bookings: (023) 230 0071

The Olive Terrace Bistro is situated inside the Tulbagh Hotel and I’m happy to report – as I do not like olives – there aren’t just olives on the menu. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and backup generators, so working here was a breeze when load-shedding decided to hit. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and their line fish? Simply divine!

9. Coffee & Cream At Manely’s

  • Address: Manley Wine Estate, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 15:00; Sunday 09:00 – 14:00
  • Bookings: 073 993 1242

Not a “restaurant” per se, but this hidden gem in Tulbagh is known for its baked goods and signature jaffles – kind of like a ’round’ toastie. As someone with a sweet tooth, I found myself coming back for more…and more!

10. Kloofzicht Farm Deli

Kloofzicht Farm Deli is a bucolic haven where farm-fresh delights and artisanal products take center stage against the backdrop of rolling hills and vineyards
  • Address: Straatskerk, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: Open daily from 09:00 – 18:00.
  • Contact: 082 575 6547

This place was pretty cool with its mismatched chairs and tables giving it a quaint feel. Their selection of homemade treats was equally as cool; ranging from bespoke gins, lemon meringue pies, packaged biscuits and so much more.

Things To Do In Tulbagh: Adventure Seekers

There’s a certain thrill that comes with stepping out of your comfort zone, and for someone like me who once thrived on adrenaline-packed activities, Tulbagh was a treasure trove of adventures waiting to be discovered.

I remember my younger days, always seeking the next big thrill, and while I might have mellowed down a bit, the spirit of adventure still burns bright. Tulbagh, with its diverse landscape and wide range of “crazy” things to do, definitely rekindled that flame.

1. Ceres Zipline Adventures

Ceres Zipline Adventures offers an exhilarating escape, allowing thrill-seekers to soar through the stunning landscapes of the Western Cape and Ceres
  • Address: Ceres Adventures, 1 Voortrekker Str, Ceres
  • Duration: 1 – 8 hours (tours run on the hour)
  • Trading hours: Weekdays 09:00 – 15:00; weekends 08:00 – 15:00.

When I said I’m a bit of a thrill seeker, it didn’t extend to ziplines (I’m a bit of a scared cat!). But my partner and I decided to give it a go and had to drive about 30 km (18.6 miles) to nearby Ceres for this activity.

Ceres Zipline Adventures were the first guys in the Western Cape to offer ziplining tours, so they do know a thing or two. Soaring above the picturesque landscapes was a zipline adventure that offered a bird’s-eye view of the valley. It’s an experience that’s both exhilarating and serene. And I kinda liked it! Ziplines vary from 100 m to 290 m.

2. Horse About Trails and Livery

  • Bookings: 082 884 9881

While not as adrenaline-pumping as ziplining, horse riding through the scenic trails of Tulbagh offers a different kind of thrill.

With my newfound love for horse riding, Horse About is a fantastic place to try. The guides here are incredibly knowledgeable, ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride through some of Tulbagh’s most picturesque landscapes. You’ve got to try one of their Moonlight Trailsif you’re in Tulbagh during summer!

Things To Do In Tulbagh: History Buffs

Tulbagh is a place where history whispers through the cobblestone streets and age-old buildings.

Having travelled to over 20 countries, from the bustling streets of Barcelona to the serene landscapes of Bali, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for places that carry the weight of their past. And in Tulbagh, every corner seemed to tell a story.

1. Earthquake Museum

Earthquake Museum is a captivating journey through history, showcasing the impact of the seismic events that shaped the town
  • Address: 4 Church St, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: Weekdays 09:00 – 17:00; weekends 10:00 – 14:00
  • Contact: (023) 230 1348

Walking through this museum, I was reminded of the sheer power of nature. The exhibits detailing the 2022 earthquake gave me a newfound respect for the resilience of the Tulbagh community. It painted a vivid picture of their spirit and their ability to rebuild and move forward.

2. Pioneer House Museum

  • Address: 22 Church St, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00; Saturday 09:00 – 15:00; Sundays 11:00 – 15:00

You’ll find this historical landmark on Church Street. When you step into this museum, it feels like you’re travelling back in time. The artefacts, photographs, and stories provide a glimpse into the early days of Tulbagh.

3. De Oude Kerk

  • Address: 4 Church St, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00; Saturday 09:00. -14:00; Sunday 10:00 – 14:00
  • Contact: (023) 230 1041

This church, another landmark on historic Church Street, with its intricate design and rich history, was a sight to behold. It stands as a testament to Tulbagh’s architectural heritage and the stories of the people who once walked its halls. As a bit of a history nerd, I thought this place pretty cool.

Don’t be confused though, this museum is one of four museums on Church Street that fall under the “Tulbagh Museum” umbrella.To enter, you’ll need to buy your ticket from the tourist bureau inside the Earthquake Museum just down the street.

4. Anglo-Boer War Blockhouse

  • Coordinates: S33.3234883, E19.1184214, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: This historic site is open 24 hours a day.

Exploring this ancient relic from the Anglo-Boer War era (1899 – 1902), I was transported to a time of conflict and strategy. It offered insights into the military installations of the time and the strategic importance of Tulbagh from way back when.

5. Historic Church Street

Just strolling down Church Street, I was captivated by the beautifully restored Cape Dutch, Edwardian, and Victorian buildings. Each building seemed to have its own tale, echoing the stories of those who once called them home. Visiting the historic places in this quaint town is definitely one of those “must-see” things to do!

Things To Do In Tulbagh: Unique Experiences

Here are some of the unique experiences that resonated with me:

1. Kole en Deeg

Kole en Deeg  is a charming bakery that beckons with the comforting aroma of freshly baked goods
  • Address: 29 Van Der Stel Street, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: Monday – Saturday 08:00 – 16:00; Sunday 09:00 – 15:00
  • Contact: 079 489 7428

Situated on Van der Stel Street, this daytime eatery is more than just a place for roosterkoek (a South African version of the UK’s bap). Their baked goods blew me away, especially the gooey chocolate cake, Pasteis de Nata and freshly baked farm bread.

And let me tell you, as someone who loves a strong Americano coffee, their flat whites were pretty good too.

2. Oakhurst Olives

  • Address: 29 Van Der Stel Street, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: Monday – Saturday 08:00 – 16:00; Sunday 09:00 – 15:00
  • Contact: 079 489 7428

A short drive outside Tulbagh, we stayed at this venue’s Boathouse self-catering accommodation. These luxury, secluded abodes overlook a mini lake and have mountain views for days! The venue itself, Oakhurst Olives, also offers olive tasting experiences. Since I’m not a fan of olives, my partner did the honours – tasting kalamata olives, olive marmalade, and cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil (I just came here for the views!)

3. Vindoux Tree House Guest Farm and Spa

  • Address: Twee Jonge Gezellen Rd, Tulbagh
  • Contact: (023) 230 0635

This place is a dream. Staying in a treehouse that offers both luxury and a connection to nature was surreal. And can you believe it, each luxury treehouse had en-suite bathrooms, large spa bathtubs and wrap-around porches! And the spa? The perfect spot to unwind.

4. Made in Tulbagh (MIT)

  • Address: 19 Van Der Stel Street, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: Monday – Tuesday 09:00 – 16:00; closed Wednesdays; Thursday – Saturday 09:00 – 16:00; Sunday 09:00 – 14:00
  • Contact: 082 564 9338

This shop is a showcase of Tulbagh’s talent. From locally designed and crafted products, such as handmade silver jewellery and ceramics to leather work and hemp clothing; it’s where I picked up a few souvenirs to remember my trip (and sent some back to Mum in Glasgow!)

5. Tractor Ride at Oudekloof Wine Estate

  • Address: Oudekloof Farm, Tulbagh
  • Trading hours: Open daily from 09:00 – 17:00
  • Contact: 082 440 9459

I thought I was too old for tractor rides but this scenic tractor ride up the Oudekloof Pass is something I’d recommend to anyone. The views of the Tulbagh mountains and the picnic at the end were the cherry on top. If you’re not up for a tractor ride, pop into their wine estate for wine tasting or a bite to eat at their onsite restaurant.

Side note: The restaurant offers free Wi-Fi.

Things To Do In Tulbagh: Leisure Seeker

After a long week of managing businesses and diving deep into the world of SEO, there’s nothing I crave more than a moment of leisure and relaxation.

Tulbagh, with its blend of serene landscapes and boutique experiences, has always been my go-to escape. Whether it’s indulging in a massage, sipping on a freshly brewed cider, or simply parking off under a tree with my Kindle, this town offers a range of leisure activities that truly resonate with my soul.

1. Duikersdrift Winelands Country Escape

Duikersdrift Winelands Country Escape in Tulbagh is a tranquil retreat, where vineyards and mountain vistas surround charming accommodation
  • Address: Old Drostdy Avenue, Portion 31 Farm 108, Tulbagh
  • Contact: res@duikersdrift.com

Situated about 5.5 km (3.4 miles) north of Tulbagh and nestled amidst the rolling vineyards and orchards, Duikersdrift offers a tranquil retreat for any wandering soul.

My partner and I stayed in one of their couple’s farm cottages. The cottages offered fantastic panoramic mountain views, a private outdoor hot tub, a king-sized bed, plus free Wi-Fi, which was a bonus!

Side note: Try out Buchanans Brewery inside the estate – they serve a mean cider!

2. Fynbos Farm Animal Sanctuary

  • Address: 1 Boointjies Rivier Road, R46, Wolseley
  • Trading hours: Weekdays 09:00 – 16:00; weekends 08:30 – 17:00
  • Contact: 072 223 4674

Situated in Wolseley, roughly 14 km (8.6 miles) to the south of Tulbagh, you’ll find this epic place. As someone who’s always had a soft spot for animals (especially my two dogs, Charlie and Heidi), visiting this animal sanctuary was a heartwarming experience and brought a huge smile to my face. I specifically loved the llamas, alpaca and zebra!

They have two nature trails to do, namely the Forest Trail (1.2 km/0.7 miles) and the Protea Trail (1.6 km/1-mile) and their tea garden is open on weekends.

3. Moniki Chocolatier

  • Address: Schoonderzicht Farm, Tulbagh
  • Contact: (023) 230-0673

Now, I’ve added this spot under “leisure” because I’ve got a sweet tooth for chocolate and can eat it any time of day – it’s a ‘leisurely activity’ for someone like me.

This handmade, high-quality, gooey, divine piece of heaven was right up my alley (no pun intended). I especially liked the peppercorn, saffron and cinnamon-infused flavours.

You’ll need to call to make a booking and they also have truffle-making workshops too! Is this what heaven is like?

4. Massages & Retreats

After my adrenaline-packed adventures in Tulbagh, there’s nothing I look forward to more than a relaxing massage. The town offers several boutique spas and retreats, such as Trident Health Centre and Vindoux Guest Farm & Spa, where one can unwind and rejuvenate. It’s a treat for the body and soul, and as someone who values health and wellness, it’s an experience I live for!

So, if you’re a working professional and are ever in the Western Cape, seeking a moment of relaxation, you know where to head!

Tulbagh’s Weather

  • Spring – September to November
  • Summer – December to February
  • Autumn (fall) – March to May
  • Winter – June to August

Average temperatures per season

  • Spring = between 9° – 27°
  • Summer = 16° – 34°
  • Autumn (fall) = 12° – 28°
  • Winter = 5° – 19°

Side note: June is Tulbagh’s rainest month of the year.


How do I get to Tulbagh from Cape Town, and how long is the journey?

Tulbagh is approximately 90 km (57 miles) away from Cape Town. The drive takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on traffic and the route taken.

Are there any accommodations you’d recommend in Tulbagh for a weekend getaway?

Yes, Tulbagh offers a range of accommodations, from boutique guesthouses to cosy B&Bs. Some popular options include Rijk’s Wine Estate Hotel, Raptor Rise, Vindoux Tree House Guest Farm and Spa, and Tulbagh Mountain Manor – to name a few.

Are the historical sites in Tulbagh suitable for children or family visits?

Absolutely! Places like the Earthquake Museum and Pioneer House Museum are not only educational but also engaging for children. The Fynbos Farm Animal Sanctuary is also a hit among families.

Will there be the Day At The Duck Race this year in Tulbagh?

No. Unfortunately, the much loved and highly anticipated charity event will not be held in Tulbagh this year, according to their Facebook page. The organisers are looking to set new 2024 dates at this stage.


So there you have it! A complete rundown of my time in Tulbagh.

From the adrenaline-packed zipline adventures and evening horse trails to the serene moments spent amidst the vineyards – thrown together with the odd massage – Tulbagh sure was an unforgettable trip.

The town, with its blend of nature, history, and culture, truly resonates with my spirit and I haven’t felt that revived in ages. It’s a place where I’ve found both adventure and solace, where every corner has a story to tell, and every experience is a treasure.

Tulbagh is pure bliss. A place where the air is fresher, the mountains are grander, and the wine – um, cider – is just better.

I’ll raise a glass to that, cheers!

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