Breede River Valley
Breede River Valley is a region of Western Cape Province, South Africa known for being the largest fruit and wine producing valley in the Western Cape, as well as South Africa's leading race-horse breeding area. It is part of the Boland bordering on becoming Little Karoo towards the east.
English is widely spoken, though Afrikaans is the predominant language.
Both the N1 between Cape Town and Johannesburg, and the N2 towards the Garden Route pass through the Breede River Valley. The N1 passes through Worcester at the northern end of the valley, while the N2 passes through Swellendam, nearer the coast.
There is Metrorail service from Cape Town to Worcester on very inconvenient schedules, and the national Shosholoza Meyl stops in Worcester. Bus companies such as Greyhound, Intercape, the Baz Bus stop in Swellendam.
The R43 and the R60 are two main routes through the valley. Owning or renting a car is generally necessary.
River Rafting: The Breede River is a popular location for river rafting tours. The gently flowing water and the absence of crocodiles, hippos and mosquitoes make this a popular weekend destination. Several tour operators launch about 20 km south of Swellendam in two-man blow-up boats.
Kloofing: Suicide Gorge, in the Hottentots Holand Mountains north of Grabouw, offers a rare opportunity to jump down a series of waterfalls up to 20 m in height.
Frequently Bull Sharks enter the estuary and dwell in the waters of the Breede River, having been recorded as much as 5 km upriver. These sharks were featured on the second season of the series River Monsters.