Riebeek West, situated in the beautiful scenic Riebeek Valley, is only an hours drive from Cape Town. It is the twin of Riebeek Kasteel, situated in the same valley. The charm of this village lies in the beauty of the valley, the impressive Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, the rolling hills and the play of vineyards and olive orchards. The village has a laid back feeling, which many visitors find attractive.
The Valley and Mountain was named after the Commander of the Dutch East Indies Company, Jan Van Riebeek. His company arrived at the site of the present Cape Town in 1652, to set up a refreshment station for ships passing between India and Europe. In 1661 Van Riebeek sent a company to explore inland possibilities for farming. When they arrived at this beautiful and fertile valley they were hugely impressed and decided to name it after Commander Van Riebeek.
In 1688 French Huguenots settled here and founded the viniculture that this region is known for. Wine tasting at some of the many wine estates can be included in a visit to Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel.
This tour gives you the opportunity to visit the Cape Winelands, taste some of our best estate wines and experience the special kind of West Coast hospitality and cuisine. Visit two factories at Clanwilliam producing two quintessential South African products: velskoene and rooibos tea. Overnight at the quaint Paternoster. Visit Saldanha Bay harbour and the West Coast National Park. In season you might enjoy vast expanses of indigenous flowers.
Highlights: Cape Winelands , Riebeek Valley , Paternoster , The West Coast , Cederberg Mountains & Wilderness Area , Bird Island Nature Reserve .
The town Riebeek-Kasteel is situated in the picturesque Riebeek Valley, approximately 80 km northwest of Cape Town. In 2009 it was voted one of the three most beautiful towns in the Western Cape. The attraction for tourists lies in the beauty and tranquility of the town and its surroundings.
The Swartland region is located just north of Cape Town and includes the towns of Malmesbury, Darling, Riebeek Kasteel, Riebeek West, Moorreesburg, Koringberg and some also include Porterville, Piketberg and Yzerfontein on the West Coast. It is known for its vast wheat farms, but also produce top wines.