WELLINGTON IN SOUTH AFRICA
Steeped in history and tradition, Wellington, South Africa has a magical atmosphere that will captivate you once you discover the town, its people and myriad attractions. It has serenity, which is perfect for city-dwellers needing some solace. This is because it hasn’t lost its small-town charm even though it is an important center. One of the most authentic attractions in Wellington is its people, who still hold the art of oral tradition close to their hearts. And the culture-rich history of Wellington survives in the townsfolk. The Wellington Museum dedicates much of its displays to the interaction of early European settlers with the African landscape and its people. It also exhibits Stone-Age artifacts and Egyptian antiquities, and features famous local pioneers. Most of Wellington’s activities is based on agriculture, particularly viticulture. But it has also played an important role in the development of South Africa’s transport infrastructure. Wellington is known for its educational and historic institutions like the Huguenot College and an institution of the Dutch Reformed Church. Wellington is the fruit growing capital of South Africa. It is celebrated for the apricots that grow here, as well as its strawberries, raspberries, youngberries and Cape gooseberries. Why not go on a berry tour. The majority of South Africa’s vine cutting nurseries are found in the area, and the Wellington Wine Route starts here. Most who follow it return again and again, preferring the more informal, friendly approach of the local estates. There are guided horse trails in the foothills of the Hex River Mountains. There are also mountain bike and hiking trails in Paradise Valley, accessed via Bain’s Kloof Pass. For this you need a permit, which can be obtained from Cape Nature Conversation at the Tweede Tol Picnic and Campsite half way down the pass.