Museum Service: Cape Winelands and West Coast Museum Route
The Cape Winelands region is well known for its vineyards, orchards, Cape Dutch architecture and furniture. Wild flowers, fishing and rooibos tea are the hallmarks of the Western Cape’s West Coast and it also boasts vineyards and amazing fauna. The land bears the stories of San and Khoe ancestors, colonial settlers and the people they brought as slaves, of pioneer farmers and of the various layers of history of the people who call this place home. These people and their experiences are recorded in the museums of the Winelands and the West Coast.
There are many road trips to choose from within these regions. You could start on the West Coast and make your way south east to the Cape Winelands or start in the Winelands, just outside Cape Town, and end your trip on the West Coast. Whichever way you travel, you will experience a cross-section of the Western Cape’s agricultural economy. While winding your way through these farmlands with ever changing landscapes, you may have many questions about the history of the area, the nature of farming, the people and their way of life.
A stopover at the local museums listed here is a must to get a sense of each area and its history. You can freshen up, enjoy local produce and buy a memory to take home from the museum shops.
More information about the Cape Winelands Museum Route is available online.
Michael Janse van Rensburg
DCAS Museum Service
Tel: 021 483 9678
Fax: 021 483 9845