wolseley western cape

Experience The Natural Life!

Wolseley is nestled in the picturesque Breede River Valley. Situated 14 km from Tulbagh, 15 km from Ceres, 40 km from Worcester and 1 ½ hours drive from Cape Town they are very accessible for visitors. Visitors can arrive in the area via any one of four scenic passes, the Nuwekloof, Bainskloof, Du Toitskloof and Mitchell’s Pass.

Wolseley is surrounded by the majestic Waaihoek, Witzen and Waterval mountains which are often covered by a blanket of snow in the winter.

Wolseley is situated on a natural watershed that divides the Berg River, which drains towards the West Coast and the Breede River, which drains towards the South-East.

All kinds of farming are present such as fruit, vegetable, wine, olives, wheat, dairy and cattle. There are two blockhouses dating from the Anglo-Boer War (1901) which can be seen along the railway line to the South of the town. These Blockhouses are in a remarkable condition and can be visited by means of appointment. A remarkable solid wood furniture factory offers tours by appointment.

There is much farm accommodation available both luxury and budget. This includes self-catering, camping, caravan sites and B&B. Wonderful hiking trails, fabulous mountain bike routes, fishing and bird watching are accessible. There are also conference and wedding facilities offered and many wine cellars and restaurants for the visitor to taste the product of the land!

We look forward to welcoming you to our area.

Our Area

Wolseley is situated on a natural watershed and the vicinity offers practically all kinds of farming, such as fruit, vegetables, wine, olives, wheat, dairy and cattle farming.

Enjoy scenic and historic drives, wine and olive tastings, blockhouse- and furniture factory tours, variety of accommodation, restaurants and outdoor activities.

Where We Are

Wolseley is situated in the picturesque Breede River Valley, 14 kilometres from Worcester and one and a half hours drive from Cape Town.

Wolseley is blessed with ample water and is surrounded by the majestic Waaihoek, Witzenberg and Waterval Mountains, which are often covered by a blanket of snow in the winter.

Wolseley can be approached by means of four passes, the Nuwekloof, Du Toitskloof, the historic Bainskloof and Michell’s Passes. The last two were built by Andrew Geddes Bain. (Mitchell’s Pass from 1846-1848, Bainskloof from 1849-1853). Hire a car from Car hire Cape Town Airport

Our History

Subsequent to Governor WA van der Stel naming this beautiful valley “Het land van Waveren” in 1699, several farms were allocated to immigrants from Europe. In 1875 the railway line from Wellington up to the farm Goedgevonden was completed and this point was called Ceres Road Station which served the Ceres area through Michell’s Pass and was an important link between the Cape and the Kimberley diamond fields by means of stage coaches.

The first residential stands were offered for sale in the same year and in 1910 the town was named Wolseley after Sir Garnet Wolseley, the British governor of Natal.

After the town had been established, new industries were founded: the Waverley Woolwashing Establishment, started in early 19th century between Wolseley and Michell’s Pass. A blanket factory was built nearby which made the well known Waverley blankets until 1936. Brenn-o-kem (Pty) Ltd was established on these premises in 1968 with the purpose to process the by-products, of the SA wine industry. These are transformed into valuable end-products such as tartaric acid and cream of tartar, which are used by the wine industry and other markets. Two blockhouses dating from the Anglo Boer War can still be seen next to the railway line to the south of the town (Tours).

The Forestry Station, Kluitjieskraal was founded in 1884 on the original farm Kluitjieskraal. Today it is part of the M.T.O. Forestry of Western Cape (mountains to oceans). Elro Furniture Factory was incorporated in 1936 and is still producing fine furniture.

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