WORCESTER IN SOUTH AFRICA
Worcester is part of the beautiful Garden Route, surrounded by the majestic mountains and lush green valleys of the Western Cape region. It was declared an official ‘town’ by the local Magistrate’s Court (known as a Drostdy in Afrikaans) in 1820 though it only really started to develop once the railway line reached the town in 1876. The German influence is strong in Worcester: during the 1860s, German artisans came to the area to construct the railway line, also working on wine farms and bringing the skills of tailoring, wagon making, carpentry, metalworking and other forms of craftsmanship to Worcester. The town’s Kleinplasie Living Open Air Museum provides a glimpse of this past and offers loads of information for travelers. The capital of the Breede River Valley, Worcester lies on the national N1 route to and from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. From here you can visit interesting towns like Tulbagh, Ceres or Robertson or take a tour around the world famous KWV Cellars, noted for both their fine brandies and wines. Worcester is also the largest wine-producing district in South Africa and forms the commercial hub for many smaller satellite towns in the area. Another great Worcester attraction is the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden that lies north of the town and boasts a 144-hectare semi-desert nature garden. They have the largest collection of indigenous succulents in SA and are curated by the National Botanical Institute. Ideally situated to explore Cape winelands, Worcester has much to see and experience and it makes for a fabulous eco-destination. Worcester’s main attractions are its welcoming hospitality, the friendliness of its people and the fine food and wine. The town is also home to some famous South African residents such as musician and playwright David Kramer and artist Hugo Naude.