Route 62 (South Africa)

Route 62 (also Cape Route 62 ) is a highway in the provinces of Western Cape and Eastern Cape in South Africa. Takes you from Cape Town via Paarl, Tulbagh, Worcester, Montagu, Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn, Uniondale and Kareedouw to Port Elizabeth. It is approximately 850 kilometers long and is considered one of the most beautiful travel routes through South Africa. The name recalls the famous Route 66 in the U.S., which connects Chicago with Los Angeles and also performs predominantly rural areas.

From Montagu street number R also carries officially 62 (Regional Road No. 62). Before the construction of the N2 in 1958, the R62 was the main link between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The stretch of coast ( Garden Route ) with the busy N2 freeway is now popular with tourists, but few tourists use the Route 62 through the rural Karoo.


Route 62 runs through the following wine regions: Boberg ( Tulbagh ), Coastal Region ( Paarl, Wellington ), Breede Rivier Valley ( Worcester, Robertson, Bonnievale ) and Klein Karoo / Little Karoo ( Montagu, Barrydale, Calitzdorp ). This makes it one of the longest wine routes in the world.

The Montagu beginning after passing through the Cogman 's Pass section of the route is the most beautiful stretch of Route 62 then takes you through the typical Karoo landscape to Barrydale and Ladismith on to. The nearest villages, Zoar and Amalienstein are former mission stations. Calitzdorp is the center of Südweinproduktion in South Africa, Oudtshoorn, the center of ostrich farming in South Africa.

From Oudtshoorn road via De Rust, Uniondale and Joubertina leads to Port Elizabeth.


  • Cape Town to Worcester: 96 km
  • Worcester to Barrydale: 146 km
  • Barrydale Ladismith after: 76 km
  • Ladismith to Calitzdorp: 50 km
  • Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn: 50 km
  • Oudtshoorn Uniondale: 115 km
  • Uniondale after Joubertina: 76 km
  • Joubertina after Kareedouw: 43 km
  • Kareedouw Humansdorp: 50 km
  • Humansdorp to Port Elizabeth: 90 km