Whichever way you enter Ceres you are guaranteed a spectacular drive. Several mountain passes weave through the stunning landscape before arriving at this small farming community. Visit for a day or stay for a short vacation to enjoy the tasty local food, take a tour of a vineyard or hike in the nearby national parks.
People have been living in and farming the land around Ceres since the early 18th century. The Mediterranean climate, with its long, hot summers and cool, wet winters make it the perfect place to grow many deciduous fruits.
The Ceres area is the biggest producer of stone fruits in South Africa. Visit the Valley of Fruitfulness to pick your own cherries, apricots and more at one of the many farms during the summer. Cool off with a refreshing drink of Ceres fruit juice at the end of the day. If you want something stronger, take the Tulbagh Wine Route, which includes some of the best vineyards in the area. Visit estates and cellar doors to sample different types of local wines.
Winters in Ceres see snow on the high ground. The spectacular scenery around the area has earned Ceres the nickname “Little Switzerland.” Go to the nearby slopes to enjoy skiing or snowboarding. In spring the snow melts and feeds freshwater rivers, which are filled with trout. Bring your own line and go fishing.
The area is a favorite with adventure sports enthusiasts. Come here to abseil, climb or hike trails in parks such as the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area. If you want to stay in town you’ll find a thriving local arts scene and a good range of restaurants serving up hearty local produce.
Ceres is located 90 miles (150 kilometers) from Cape Town. The easiest way to get around is by rental car. The scenic drive makes it an easy day trip from the coast. With so much to see you may want to stay at least a night to appreciate everything the region has to offer, from wine trails to adventure sports.