African Sky Apartment is a cosy and spacious private home on the Karoo Pride premises in the heart of the Route 62, one of South Africa's most scenic drives known for its bounty of natural wonders. Mountains, rivers, vineyards and fruit orchards are familiar sights to behold while traversing the region.
Perfect mornings mean waking up early to the crisp Karoo air and enjoying a rusk with some tea while watching the sunrise, before heading out for the day to explore the little towns dotted along Route 62. Learn more about Montagu and Barrydale, located near your accommodation:
All you need to know about Montagu.
Route 62’s finest, Montagu is considered the region’s hidden gem. The town is tranquil, restful, well-kept, and famous for its unique rock formations, hot springs and preserved historic homes.
If you approach the town from the Breede River side, you’ll travel along Old Bains Road through Cogmans Kloof. The 6 kilometre pass features multi-layered rock formations that twist and contort in a multitude of sizes and shapes; natures own works of art.
The Avalon Springs became part of the Avalon Springs Hotel and Resort in 1982 and is predominantly used for recreation. It may be used as a form of entertainment these days, but back in the day, the properties of the water were (and to an extent, still are) considered healing.
Montagu boasts fantastic history, which can be discovered at the museums situated around the town, or on tours to the historic homes.
Reasons why you should visit Barrydale
Barrydale is one of those towns you can visit year-round. Plan a trip during the peak of summer, and you’ll be greeted by a myriad of scents wafting from orchards that bear a variety of fruit. Proteas, South Africa’s national flower, bloom in autumn, and in winter, the fields of bronze and gold transform into colourful tapestries along with Cape wildflowers.
The marvels of nature aren’t all that Barrydale is famous for. The annual puppet parade takes place every year and is an event that the whole town gets involved with. Each year, a different African animal is chosen, and a life-size puppet is created and paraded around town. Visitors flock from far and wide to view the spectacle.
Another unique attraction is Ronnies Sex Shop - what started by accident has become a nationwide phenomenon. People visit from around the world for a beer and to hang up their bra above the bar (a tradition).
Pop in at Diesel & Creme for the best milkshakes you’ve ever tasted. Walking into the vintage-style diner, you’ll feel like you’re on the set of a 20th-century western movie. There are wooden tables, blackboard menus, and old tin signs advertising anything from Pepsi and Castle to Lucky Strike, Nugget and Castrol motor oil.
Robertson Valley - a must-visit for wine drinkers
The town of Robertson is recognised as the valley of the wines. The industry has grown twice in size in the last twenty years, boasting 20 registered wineries. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Methode Cape Classique are the most common wines produced on the route. Graham Beck and Van Loveren are two must-visits.
About African Sky Apartment
The natural surroundings allow for plenty of bird watching opportunities, hiking and cycling. However, you don’t need to enjoy the outdoors to appreciate the beauty of the location. Sit on the deck with wine or cocktails in hand, and watch the sunset paint beautiful pink and orange streaks across the horizon. The Karoo is also famous for its starry night skies.
There are two rooms with a queen bed in both. In the lounge, there is a double bed that can fit an extra two people (surcharge applies). The bathroom features a bath and a shower. A fireplace keeps the cold at bay on wintery evenings, and if that's not enough to keep you warm, the wall heaters are sure to get you toasty.
WiFi is available - be sure to ask your hosts the password on your arrival.
The kitchen is fully equipped should you wish to cook and make tea or coffee, or else there are restaurants and wineries in the area that you can eat out at.
Enjoy mornings out on the front terrace with coffee, or a drink in the evenings watching the star-lit Karoo skies.
For more info, please visit their website.
Take the R62 towards Barrydale
After 28kms, turn right onto the gravel road
Karoo Pride is approximately 2.4kms along this road
Take the R62 towards Montagu
After 33kms, turn left onto the gravel road
Karoo Pride is about 2.4kms along this road